Is information literacy relevant in the real world?

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O'Sullivan, Carmel. 2002. "Is information literacy relevant in the real world?" Reference Services Review: reference and instructional services for libraries in the digital age. 30 (1), pp. 7-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/00907320210416492
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Is information literacy relevant in the real world?

ERA Journal ID30373
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsO'Sullivan, Carmel
Journal TitleReference Services Review: reference and instructional services for libraries in the digital age
Journal Citation30 (1), pp. 7-14
Number of Pages8
Year2002
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0090-7324
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/00907320210416492
Web Address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/00907320210416492/full/html
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This is a reworking of a paper presented at the Australian Library and Information Association, Special Health and Law Libraries Conference in Melbourne, Victoria in August 2001. The author asks whether the corporate sector is aware of information literacy as a “new economy” skills set, and a solution to information overload. The move to a knowledge based economy, along with investment by industry leaders in knowledge management and lifelong learning, has prepared the way, but there is little evidence that businesses are addressing the information literacy gap on a micro level. The author looks at whether different terminology is used in the business sector to describe aspects of information literacy. She concludes that while there is some overlap with established concepts, information literacy is generally not adequately addressed, with the result that many workers are poorly equipped to deal effectively with information in their everyday work. © 2002, MCB UP Limited

KeywordsAcademic libraries; Knowledge workers; Learning; Library users
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020461002. Human information behaviour
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Byline AffiliationsBlake Dawson Waldron Lawyers, Australia
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