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Information Literacy in Indian Agricultural Universities: A study of Punjab Agricultural University

Library Herald Year : 2010, Volume : 48, Issue : 4 First page : ( 345) Last page : ( 357) Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Information Literacy in Indian Agricultural Universities: A study of Punjab Agricultural University

Sharma Yogita, Assistant Librarian Mohinder Singh Randhawa Library, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, 141004, Punjab, India, e-mail: yogita_sharma@pau.edu.

Abstract The present study assesses the ability of the users of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana in using information efficiently and effectively. The study was focused to ascertain the present status of the users in the process of information gathering, to determine the factors affecting the process and recommend improvements thereof. The study was conducted on post-graduate students, teachers and research fellows. The data was collected using a questionnaire and simple random sampling without replacement was used. The data so collected was analyzed using MS-excel. It was found that majority of user was able to access, use and organize the information efficiently. It was recommended that collaborative approach of librarians and teachers must be encouraged to improve information literacy skills amongst the user. In addition to this including information literacy as a mandatory part of course-curriculum was strongly felt. In this process librarians have a vital role to play by organizing information literacy programmes frequently.

Keywords information literacy, information skills, information literacy skills, agricultural universities, agricultural university libraries,Sharma Yogita.

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