30 April 2012
By Tennie Videler
Being informed and informative are important aspects of being a researcher. In our increasingly information based society, information literacy is a vital ability that is required to be able to make effective and efficient decisions. It enables you to find, analyse and evaluate information and become an independent lifelong learner. To highlight these important abilities, RIN, SCONUL and members of the Working Group on Information-Handling have created a mapping of information literacy onto the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. This information literacy lens can be used to identify how information literacy can contribute to your professional development as a researcher, as well as identify how the skills and attributes you have developed through research can contribute to, or underpin your development in information literacy.
The informed researcher booklet has been developed as a practical guide to being an information-literate researcher. The booklet is based on the Information Literacy lens and can be used to audit your skills and form an action plan for taking them forward.
This month’s PGR Tips also focuses on information literacy. Remember- I am always open to suggestions for topics of future PGR Tips.....