Faculty-Librarian Collaborations and Improved Information Literacy: A Model for Academic Achievement and Curriculum Development

Gloria Prinye Otoide & Mary Ebele Idahosa

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This article looks at how librarians, who are the experts in information dissemination can  collaborate with faculty to effectively teach students basic information literacy skills,  integrating information literacy skills into the curriculum and how this process can make students learning experience meaningful and successful.  It has become imperative for everyone, in the age of knowledge economy to be skilled in information literacy in the current dispensation of information technology. The authors believe that an effective way to achieve this goal is for faculty and librarians to collaborate and fine ways to teach these skills to students, because it is important that students acquire the required skills to evaluate, storage, organization, access, and effectively utilize information. Librarians and faculty members have equal stakes in ensuring that students acquired information literacy skills that will help them succeed not only during their years of university education, but also for their lifelong career choices. The authors specifically examine the faculty-librarian’s collaboration, concepts of information literacy, incorporating information literacy into the curriculum, curriculum planning and development, challenges in integrating information literacy, better tips for faculty-librarians collaboration, model for integrated instruction as well as integrated curriculum.


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