Lesley S. J. Farmer



Designing for Collaborative Information Literacy in Engineering Education

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The changing informational environment affects higher education, and also emphasizes the need for lifelong education to prepare entering engineers to deal with an uncertain tomorrow. To that end, education should not only pass on existing knowledge but also teach learners how to use tools and processes to create knowledge. Academic librarians focus instructional attention on scholarly research tools and resources for both students and faculty, and work with specific academic departments to offer more specialized or domain-specific training upon need. This paper examines a series of collaborative efforts by university librarians and engineering faculty to incorporate information literacy into their curriculum.


information literacy, ICT literacy, digital literacy, collaboration, librarians


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Lesley S. J. Farmer. (2017) Designing for Collaborative Information Literacy in Engineering Education. International Journal of Education and Learning Systems, 2, 1-5


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