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Title:Information literacy delivery in Tanzanian universities: an examination of its effectiveness
Author:Lwehabura, Mugyabuso J.F.ISNI
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:information management
university libraries
teaching methods
Abstract:This paper presents the findings of a study on information literacy (IL) delivery in four Tanzanian universities (University of Dar-es-Salaam, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Iringa University College, and St. Augustine University of Tanzania) in terms of IL content and delivery methods, as well as their effectiveness. Based on a questionnaire survey carried out among librarians and undergraduate students in 2006, the study found that the main IL teaching methods used include lectures, web pages and seminars, while content covered in IL sessions include information search skills, use of library facilities, information evaluation, and use of information sources. However, it is concluded that because of a number of factors, including lack of a clear IL policy, inadequate time, the teaching of IL as stand-alone programme on a voluntary basis, and non-involvement of teaching staff, the current IL delivery approach is not effective for imparting adequate IL skills. A new IL delivery approach that addresses the identified weaknesses is therefore recommended. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]