Self-Efficacy: An Alternative Approach to the Evaluation of Information Literacy

Kurbanoglu S.

International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, Chania, Greece, 26 - 29 May 2009, pp.323-328 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume:
  • Doi Number: 10.1142/9789814299701_0040
  • City: Chania
  • Country: Greece
  • Page Numbers: pp.323-328
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Information literacy is the key skill required for lifelong learning, however, acquiring information literacy skills is not enough by itself for success; individuals should also develop confidence in these skills. Low self-efficacy beliefs may be a significantly limiting factor for individuals to use their information literacy skills effectively. Determining the level of self-efficacy beliefs for information literacy will enable individuals 'at risk' to be identified. Therefore, it is suggested to use self-efficacy scales as additional assessment tools while mixing and matching assessment methodologies to gather usable information for the evaluation of information literacy instruction programs.