Re-conceptualization of Information Literacy for Library Software Designer’s Team

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Information literacy and its competencies in workplace play a key role in evaluating workforce. However, information literacy models and its definitions cannot be generalized to different contexts. Designing library software by nature is a profession whose tasks are directly tied to information literacy and information technology competencies. In addition, human resource (software designer) is a crucial element of library software designing process. The aim of the present study is to investigate factors affecting information literacy needed by library software developers. The research population contains 15 experts in library software designing team including ‘an operator’, ‘a system analyst’, ‘a supporter’ and ‘a graphic artist’ that have rich and extensive knowledge of the field. The sampling method is snowball sampling and respondent-driven sampling. In terms of methodology, the present study fall into the category of qualitative research. To collect the data, semi-structured interviews has been used. After transcribing the interviews, their written versions were subject to qualitative content analysis. First, capabilities of each job were explained. Common capabilities of team members were then identified and categorized. These common capabilities include team working capability, informational flexibility, information technology (IT) knowledge, and librarianship knowledge. The findings indicate the main components of information literacy to be: consideration on information need, information search and access, information retrieval, methods of information evaluation, information organization and information dissemination. Moreover, the sub-components were identified for each factor separately.

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