Effective, ethical use of information highlighted

|     Danial Norjidi     |

LIBRARIANS play an important role in helping improve the information literacy skills of the public. Information literacy is not only relevant in the field of academia but is also a skill that is needed in everyday life, as currently the public can seek required information through their mobile phones, said Head of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Library Norhasinah binti Haji Moksin, according to a press release.

She made these comments at the two-day workshop held by the UNISSA Library for the librarians from the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) Library on February 26-27.

The workshop entitled ‘Introducing Information Literacy to Public Librarian’ was attended by 16 librarians from the DBP.

The workshop was held with the aim of improving the participants’ skills and knowledge on information literacy, as well as helping open their minds in forming literacy programme modules and preparing appropriate programme contents for the public, in line with the efforts of the DBP in enhancing library services.

It was shared that, with the vast amount of information that can be attained through the Internet, correct information retrieval skills, choosing and assessing the validity of information received and the skill to use the information effectively and ethically are very important.

The Head of UNISSA Library added that people who have information literacy skills will think critically with the information they get, will select and use information that is relevant and then process the information into knowledge that is useful and valid to be shared with others.

The press release stated that three information literacy programme modules were presented in the workshop, namely Basic Library Skills and OPAC, e-resources and Introduction to Citation and Mendeley.

Head of UNISSA Library Norhasinah binti Haji Moksin gives a briefing to workshop participants. – UNISSA