Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

The Role of University of Maribor Library in Library Information Literacy Training of High School Students

Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

The Role of University of Maribor Library in Library Information Literacy Training of High School Students

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This article discusses the role of the University of Maribor Library in the process of library information literacy training for high school students of Maribor, Slovenia. Based on the annual education plan Library Information Literacy Training for High School Students at the University of Maribor Library (UKM) in the 2009/2010 academic year, in this paper, we describe that development and content of education modules offered to high school students by the University of Maribor Library. We then present the students' evaluation of the quality of the modules and the level of fulfilled expectations of the students. The questionnaire results led to the conclusion that the higher the percentage of students who regard the education modules (classes) as beneficial influence on their success in further education and the higher the level of their fulfilled expectations, the more important the role of the UKM is in the process of information literacy training of the high school students. The research results led to the conclusion that the University of Maribor Library, with minor adjustments of the modules, can competently cooperate in the process of information literacy training of high school students and, therefore, prepare future students for the use of the library services as university student and contribute to the processes of lifelong education and personal growth of the participants.

Introduction

University of Maribor Library was established to meet the needs of the users in the scientific-research and pedagogical sphere at the university level of education (Act on Library Services, 2001). Rapid social and technological changes, developments in knowledge and the information society, which demands lifelong learning, are changing the role of libraries and the method of library user education.

In Slovenia, systematic information literacy training for students at primary and secondary education level is organized. At primary education level, the subject Library Information Knowledge (KIZ) and the optional subject Information Literacy Training are carried out as a 1-year program in the third cycle of the 9-year primary school and offers a continuation, enhancement and development of the goals and content of the KIZ curriculum (Su.ec 2001) that is implemented in the Primary School Curriculum.

Secondary education at general, classical, and technical gymnasiums offers a further 15 hours of training in Library Information Knowledge that is carried out during the 4-year period of study. KIZ was included in the high school curriculum in 1998 and, according to Novljan (2010), offers sensibly organized contents within the scope of organization, availability and usefulness of information for specific purposes. Students of the vocational-technical upper secondary education participate in the KIZ modules (classes) by visiting the University of Maribor Library in a Study Library tour and through their Trips to Education Institutions curriculum. Lower vocational education students visit the University of Maribor Library within the scope of Trips to Education Institutions); vocational upper secondary education students as part of their compulsory Study Library Tour and the Seminar Paper Writing curriculum.

Carrying out library information knowledge training on school premises has some limitations (e.g., schools have no access to e-books or e-magazines and limited special collections and equipment), therefore, it is sensible to hold at least part of the library information knowledge program at the University of Maribor Library.

The purpose of school libraries' services and library information programs is to teach students how to read and use books and to understand the informational framework of research. The curriculum for general, classical and technical gymnasiums states that schools (not school libraries) should enable learning by teaching with flexible adaptation to the needs of an individual and a group. …

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