College Librarians Value Role in Information Literacy, but Faculty Demur

An overwhelming majority of directors of academic libraries consider teaching information literacy skills to undergraduates to be a very important role for their libraries, but faculty members are considerably less enthusiastic, according to surveys conducted by Ithaka S+R, a consulting firm that specializes in online teaching and scholarship issues.

More than 250 library executives at four-year colleges and universities completed the Ithaka S+R Library Survey, which was conducted late last year to identify the directions in which administrators want to take their libraries. Ithaka researchers compared the results of the library survey to those of a 2009 poll of attitudes of faculty members and found areas of broad agreement as well as divergence.
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