A Comparative Study of Electronic Information Literacy Levels of Researchers: Instances from the Universities of Kastamonu and Çankırı Karatekin in Turkey
Akkaya, Mehmet Ali
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With information and communications technologies (ICTs) and scientific developments, not only the nature and environment of information acquisition but also perception, learning and research have been reshaped and new tools, methods, and notions have arisen. With this study it is aimed to determine the electronic information literacy levels of researchers of two universities in Turkey: Kastamonu and Çankırı Karatekin. The study considers the challenges of whether the researchers have received any support from the related library; whether their electronic information literacy activities and skills are sufficient and whether there is any significant difference between the two universities or not. Determination of levels of research oriented information skills will help and enable the infant libraries of these two universities to review and include in their plans and strategies new services and models of information literacy practices. Related literature is reviewed and a structured survey was used as a technique for data collection. The data set of this study based on a descriptive and comparative methods is analyzed with MS Excel program. Findings showed that the electronic information literacy skills and levels of researchers are generally low and that there is no significant difference between the levels of researchers of the two universities. It was concluded that increase in effectiveness of electronic information literacy skills will increase the academic productivity of the researchers.