Information literacy of doctoral students in engineering and the librarianʼs role
Koler-Povh, Teja (Author), Turk, Žiga (Author)

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After a reform of the doctoral study programme at the authors% faculty in Slovenia, an introductory course on scientific research methods became mandatory. It includes the topic of information literacy and covers its five main elements according to ALA 2000 standards. A librarian/researcher runs the practical part. As this course has been running for seven years we were interested in its impacts: (1) what are students% subjective impressions about the course and (2) if and how such a systematic education on information literacy topics objectively impacts their publishing and citations. The paper first presents the results of the questionnaire among 120 PhD students (the response was 67.5%, i.e. 81 of them) conducted immediately after the completion of the information literacy course. Four indicators were measured to address Question 1. Question 2 was approached by examining students% citation practices in their own PhD theses and their publishing results. The hypothesis was that the information literacy course increased students% competence. It was tested using quantitative parameters, such as the number of references in PhD theses and the number of scientific publications written during the study and shortly after it, separately for reformed programme students who attended the information literacy course, and for pre-Bologna reform students who did not take this course. We found that although pre-reform students on average cited a few more references than their post-reform colleagues, there were smaller differences among post-reform than among pre-reform students. Also, the median/typical post-reform students cited more references, what can be attributed to the information literacy course.

Keywords:academic libraries, PhD students, information literacy course, applied science, engineering, Slovenia
Work type:Scientific work (r2)
Tipology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FGG - Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering
Publisher:SAGE Publications
Number of pages:str. 27-39
Numbering:letn. 52, št. 1
ISSN on article:0961-0006
DOI:10.1177/0961000618767726 Link is opened in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:8367969 Link is opened in a new window
License:CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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Title:Journal of librarianship and information science
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Keywords:akademske knjižnice, informacijska pismenost, tehniške znanosti, inženirstvo

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