Information Literacy through Library Services: A Key Competency in Knowledge Society
Information Literacy encompasses knowing how to use various tools to retrieve, evaluate, use and communicate information in an ethical way. In a knowledge society, information literacy plays major role in enabling people to independently find information and use it whenever need arises. st In this 21 century, it is not enough to be merely Information Communication Technology (ICT) literate but one will need literacy that helps the use of these applications and tools. This paper is based on the assumption that libraries have a pivotal role to play in knowledge society. It explains the importance of Information Literacy and opportunities for libraries to improve services through ICT as well as the challenges of Information Literacy Instruction, and charged government ministries with responsibility for the planning, budgeting and periodic monitoring of Information Literacy initiatives, in close consultation with the education, culture and other relevant agencies.
Keywords: Library services, Information professionals , Information Literacy, Knowledge Society.