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Unpublished Paper
Digital Information Fluency Expectations for Librarians in the Information and Knowledge Societies
(2014)
  • Helen Nneka Okpala (nee Eke), Mrs
Abstract
The ability to locate, evaluate and ethically use information is fast becoming essential. Information enriches our lives, personally, educationally, socially and economically. Knowing how digital information is different from print information and having the skills to use specialized tools for finding information are what librarians of today are expected to possess, especially in a bid to live up to it, in the information knowledge societies. Possessing these skills extends to students or library users and this is a wake-up call for librarians. The information society (post industrial society) is based on media and technology which many individuals have access to. It is characterized by ‘digital divide’ which is a barrier that knowledge societies tend to break and herein lies the potentials of librarians who are expected to be information fluent to aid in breaking this barrier. The achievement of this could be seen with the aid of a proposed model tagged ‘Digital Information Fluency Model for Knowledge societies’ in this paper and it goes a long way to x-ray how librarians can be more mediating by providing access to cultural, health, educational, economic information and providing the facilities to access and exchange this information. The place of the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) cannot be underestimated in this transition journey, likewise creation of metadata which enables users gain universal access to library collection. The ‘Universal access to information (in the public domain)’ is the third proposed principle by UNESCO, for the development of equitable knowledge societies and close to the actualization of this, is the idea behind WorldCAT which is geared towards bridging the digital divide to bibliographic information, and librarians are in the forefront of this yielding adventure. What then are the digital information fluency expectations for librarians in the information society and knowledge societies? These and more are unleashed in the paper.
Keywords
  • Digital information fluency,
  • information literacy,
  • information literacy teaching,
  • digital librarian.
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Helen Nneka Okpala (nee Eke). "Digital Information Fluency Expectations for Librarians in the Information and Knowledge Societies" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/heleneke/34/