Information Literacy in India and Germany: UniversityLibraries as Activators of Life-long Learning

Neena Singh, Andreas Klingenberg


This paper discusses the role of university libraries in promoting and developing information skills ofstudents activators of life-long learning. It defines information literacy and identifies major information literacyskills required by students, and highlights information literacy initiatives in India, particularly the role of agriculturaluniversity libraries in imparting information literacy courses as part of the course curriculum. It also discussesthe information competency programmes of German universities and basic models of teaching informationliteracy skills by subject librarians at some German universities. The difficulties faced in incorporating informationliteracy into regular course curriculum are mentioned.


Information literacy, information competence, user instruction, information skills, tool literacy

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