New Vitae publication – The Informed Researcher

What is research about if not finding, absorbing, creating and disseminating information?
How do you prevent forgetting everything in this information-saturated world?
You may recall the sketch about the ‘five minute university’, which teaches you in five minutes what an average graduate is purported to remember five years after graduating.
To enable you to be more clever in how you manage, store and disseminate information, Vitae collaborated with the Research Information Network (RIN) and the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL), to develop The informed researcher booklet and an Information literacy lens on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.
Being informed and informative are important aspects of being a researcher. In our increasingly information based society, information literacy is a vital ability that is required to be able to make effective and efficient decisions. It enables you to find, analyse and evaluate information and become an independent lifelong learner. To highlight these important abilities, RIN, SCONUL and members of the Working Group on Information-Handling have created a mapping of information literacy onto the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. This information literacy lens can be used to identify how information literacy can contribute to your professional development as a researcher, as well as identify how the skills and attributes you have developed through research can contribute to, or underpin your development in information literacy.

To support the Information literacy lens The informed researcher booklet has been developed as a practical guide to being an information-literate researcher. The booklet is based on the Information Literacy lens and can be used to audit your skills and form an action plan for taking them forward.

Further information about these publications is available at:

www.vitae.ac.uk/researcherbooklets

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