The importance of information literacy in a progressively digital world cannot be over emphasised. With learners hungry to acquire strengthened abilities in accurately accessing and applying information to their every day studies, there remains a need to constantly enlighten them on how best to access information.
With this in mind, the Library department at Zetech University has embarked on a drive to sensitise students through the information literacy day; a campaign designed to teach them on how to appropriately use library materials to support their academic and research endeavours.
Information literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand. The process is wrapped up in five stages, which are: identify, find, evaluate, apply, and acknowledge information.
Through the Zetech University Information Literacy day, trained library ambassadors will spend the whole day at the Thika Road and Pioneer Campuses, to engage students on the concept and application of information literacy.
Commenting on the venture, Moses Kijugu, who heads the University Library Department shared that the campaign is designed to equip learners with the necessary skills and empower them to efficiently evaluate and apply information in their academic undertakings,
“Information literacy is a critical tool that all students should employ to ensure they reap the full benefits of the materials availed to them by the Zetech library. We are confident that the information literacy day will go a long way in training our students to intentionally and strategically interact and utilise information.” Moses said.
He added that the varsity will use the opportunity to review what kind of literacy skills students require to navigate information and to explore effective literacy programmes they can apply to leverage the opportunities the digital world provides.
This year’s theme is Be informed to innovate, and students are encouraged to take part in the activities of the day which include training on e books, use of online papers, search and retrieval, APA referencing, among other activities.