A portrait of OLAS as a young information literacy tutorial

Hegarty, Nora and Quinlan, Neil and Lynch, Ted (2004) A portrait of OLAS as a young information literacy tutorial. Library Review, 53 (9). pp. 442-450. ISSN 0024-2535

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This article begins with an analysis of the Information Society, discussing its repercussions and defining the term, information literacy. It also describes the need for, as well as the creation and development of, an online information literacy tutorial, named OLAS* at Waterford Institute of Technology Libraries. OLAS follows international best practice and its overall framework is based on US, Australian and UK information literacy models, while its learning outcomes follow those produced both by CAUL and Peter Godwin, South Bank University, London. OLAS aims to introduce basic and advanced concepts of information literacy to the broadest possible range of learners both on-campus and remotely. Dewald’s (1999) characteristics of good library instruction form the basis of its pedagogy. OLAS is currently being piloted at WIT. It is freely available from WIT Libraries’ website, apart from the integrated commercial database product to which access is contractually limited to WIT students & staff. Further development is focussed on building an improved version of the course in the WebCT virtual learning environment. The WebCT version will include more richly interactive content, will facilitate credited assessment of WIT registered students, and will address outstanding accessibility issues.

Item Type: Article
Departments or Groups: *NONE OF THESE*
Divisions: Other Departments and Units > Library
Depositing User: Nora Hegarty
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2007 10:24
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:25
URI: https://repository.wit.ie/id/eprint/324

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