Integrating Information Literacy int the Curriculum
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Information literacy is regarded as a crucial skill for university students (Landøy, 2010). In this paper, we will discuss collaborative efforts between academic libraries and the scholarly community they are serving, in order to enhance the take-up of information literacy (IL) from students. At University of Bergen, the Library has taken ownership to IL and regards the training of students in IL as one of the main strategic tasks (Landøy, 2010). The trainings in IL are not compulsory for students, although IL is mentioned as one of the core skills in the “qualification framework” given by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Education (NKR, 2011:22). The University leadership supports the Library efforts. When it comes to the practical implementation, however, the scholarly departments are most important for students to participate in the trainings. Our joint efforts, which will be discussed in the paper, include informational and motivational measures from administrative and academic staff at the departments, and close collaborations in planning of content. The departments have some similar and some different needs for their students, and the academic librarian will be able to choose from a set of descriptions with matching training content.