Understanding ESL/International Students’ Experiences Using Canadian Academic Libraries: A Proposal
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ESL/International Student (ESL/I):
A university student (undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D.) who comes from a country “where English is neither an official language nor a medium of instruction” (Liu 1993: 26), and for whom English is not their primary Language.
Information Literacy (IL):
“Skill in finding the information one needs, including an understanding of how libraries are organized, familiarity with the resources they provide (including information formats and automated search tools), and knowledge of commonly used research techniques. The concept also includes the skills required to critically evaluate information content and employ it effectively, as well as an understanding of the technological infrastructure on which information transmission is based, including its social, political, and cultural context and impact” (ODLIS ).
Information Literacy (IL):
“The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed…[and] accesses needed information effectively and efficiently” (From Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education reprinted in. Hinchliffe, Lisa Janicke and Beth S. Woodard. “Instruction.” Reference and Information Services. 3rd Edition, Eds. Richard E. Bopp, and Linda C. Smith, 181).
“free from discomfort; at ease” (The Oxford Dictionary of Current English). In the context of the study, ESL/I students will seek information in the library and from the librarians when they know it is necessary.