Campus priorities and information literacy in Hong Kong higher education: A case study

Dianne Cmor*

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Purpose- The purpose of this paper is to describe the strategic efforts of the Hong Kong Baptist University Library to build institutional support for information literacy in an environment of major curriculum reform. Design/methodology/approach- The paper outlines the current state of information literacy efforts in Hong Kong higher education, provides a context for renewed potential of these efforts, and describes a number of approaches that were undertaken to build institutional support. Further, a change agency approach is used to assess these efforts thus far and provide guidance for the future. Findings- Campus-wide information literacy programmes have been virtually non-existent in Hong Kong. The current higher education environment and mindset is conducive to recognizing information literacy as a vital component in teaching and learning. Librarians can turn this opportunity into reality by gaining authority, credibility and visibility on campus, and by strategically aligning with institutional priorities such as outcomes-based education, assessment, and lifelong learning. Originality/value- This paper provides a Hong Kong perspective on integrating information literacy at the institutional level, and offers several specific strategies that have successfully been undertaken by librarians at one institution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-642
Number of pages16
JournalLibrary Management
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

User-Defined Keywords

  • Academic libraries
  • China
  • Higher education
  • Hong Kong
  • Information literacy


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