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Using professional standards to inform information literacy work

Bedford, David (2015) Using professional standards to inform information literacy work. In: LILAC 2016 - Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference, 21-23 Mar 2016, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished) (KAR id:56180)

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ABSTRACT: Many university courses are funded or accredited by professional bodies who set out their requirements for the teaching and learning associated with the course. In the case of the health and medicine sectors, these requirements often encompass aspects of information literacy (General Pharmaceutical Council, 2011; HCPC, 2014; NMC, 2010). Key aspects covered include gathering information from varied sources, appraising the quality of evidence, disseminating new information and the application of information to professional practice. These same bodies also set out standards of conduct for their members, some of which also reference information literacy concepts (HCPC, 2008; NMC, 2015). Students are normally required to abide by these standards of conduct during their course and are made fully aware of the importance of abiding by them after graduation. The Royal College of Nursing appears to be the first of these professional bodies to publish a detailed set of competencies for their members specifically around the area of information literacy (RCN, 2011).

Practical methods of using these standards in face-to-face sessions with undergraduate students have included:

• Demonstrating the value of resources outside of the students’ usual comfort zone when it comes to information sources – specifically promoting the use of resources written for other professions to student paramedics.

The sessions which have been developed as a result of investigations into requirements and standards have been well evaluated, with positive outcomes reported by academic staff which show that students have applied what they have learned.

Although the focus of the paper is on health and medical education, other professions have standards and requirements which could – and perhaps should – be used in similar ways.

Abstract references

HCPC (2008) HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics. London: Health and Care Professions Council. Available at: (Accessed 9th Nov 2015).

NMC (2010) Standards for pre-registration nursing education. London: Nursing and Midwifery Council. Available at: (Accessed 9th Nov 2015).

RCN (2010) Principles of nursing practice. Available at: (Accessed 9th Nov 2015).

RCN (2011) Competences. Finding, using and managing information: nursing, midwifery, health and social care information literacy competencies. London: Royal College of Nursing. Available at: (Accessed 9th Nov 2015).

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Information literacy, health professions, higher education, libraries
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Central Services > Information Services
Central Services > Universities at Medway
Depositing User: David Bedford
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 13:09 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:35 UTC
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