Information Literacy Delivery in Tanzanian Universities: An Examination of its Effectiveness

Lwehabura, Mugyabuso J. F.
October 2008
African Journal of Library, Archives & Information Science;Oct2008, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p157
Academic Journal
This paper presents the findings regarding information literacy (IL) delivery) in four Tanzanian universities in terms of IL content and delivery methods and their effectiveness. Based on a questionnaire survey of librarians and undergraduate students, 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 clear IL policy, inadequate time, the teaching of IL as stand-alone programme on voluntary basis, and noninvolvement 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.


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