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Recommendations for the Higher Education Sector

Information Literacy in the Higher Education learning sector (HE) – recommendations to policy makers
(the ERASMUS programme area)

Through EMPATIC’s validation workshops, a process of consultation and the Final Conference, the following set of recommendations has been drafted to address different levels of government, from the European Union, through National and National Academic Systems, to the individual university level.

  1. Information Literacy and its specialized fields must be promoted to society, decision makers, politicians and users.
  2. Ministries of education, departments of Library and Information Science at higher educational institutions and relevant libraries should cooperate with each other.
  3. European Research Area: Information Literacy should be embedded into the Bologna process as a new learning outcome, in order to fully legitimise Information Literacy within and at the level of European Research Area (European Commission policy level).
  4. Support a European Information Literacy Model: the diffusion of the revised 2011 SCONUL Information Literacy model for Higher Education should be supported as it is a European model, widely accepted in Europe and translated into various European languages. Originally (1999) conceived for the Higher Education sector, its successful diffusion in European countries, led to the definition of a core model and a number of so-called “lenses”, each for a different group of learners. (European Commission - Supranational policy level).
  5. Information Literacy must be implemented within a curricular integration process in Higher Education courses of study, similar to the process already established for Computer Literacy (University policy level).
  6. Legitimatise a curricular configuration for Information Literacy to be diffused in European universities (Academic system policy level).  Three different levels, together with number of credits,  were suggested:
    • Library delivered (2-4 credits)
    • Academic delivered (4 credits)
    • Embedded (credits included within the subject credit amount)
  7. Educational continuum: in the long term, Higher Education educational policies will take large benefit from the full integration of Information Literacy into school curricula (National policy level).
  8. Syllabus definition: syllabi should be tailored according to the context of the specific information habit of the discipline/subject involved. (University policy level).
  9. Institutionalisation of approach: a governance approach should be supportive of the overall process of Information Literacy institutionalisation in Higher Education, since it is an issue crossing the domains of information and education policies (Academic system policy level).

Targetting central policy makers may have greater potential for change than working at local levels, through 'slow research' and similar processes.

The main purpose of the EMPATIC recommendations is to stimulate action

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Translations of the recommendations are available in Greek, Italian, Polish and Turkish by clicking the language option at the top pf this page.

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The consultation phase is now complete but we will be pleased to collect further comments and suggestions on the recommendations or indeed for any aspect of EMPATIC via email at info@empat-ic.eu