The role of libraries in teaching doctoral students to become information-literate researchers: A review of existing practices and recommendations for the future

Sharon Ince, Christopher Hoadley, Paul A. Kirschner

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to review current literature pertaining to information literacy and digital literacy skills and practices within the research workflow for doctoral students and makes recommendations for how libraries (and others) can foster skill-sets for graduate student research workflows for the twenty-first century scholarly researcher. Design/methodology/approach: A review of existing information literacy practices for doctoral students was conducted, and four key areas of knowledge were identified and discussed. Findings: The findings validate the need for graduate students to have training in information literacy, information management, knowledge management and scholarly communication. It recommends empirical studies to be conducted to inform future practices for doctoral students. Practical implications: This paper offers four areas of training to be considered by librarians and faculty advisers to better prepare scholars for their future. Originality/value: This paper presents a distinctive synthesis of the types of information literacy and digital literacy skills needed by graduate students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-172
Number of pages15
JournalInformation and Learning Science
Volume120
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 11 2019

Keywords

  • Digital literacy
  • Doctoral students
  • Graduate students
  • Information literacy
  • Information problem solving (IPS)
  • Research workflows

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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