Piloting a Holistic Information Culture Program: The Experience of CETYS Universidad System of Libraries

  • Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo
  • Omar Beltrán
  • Jesús Lau
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 492)


This article presents the staff, structure, methods and preliminary results from the pilot of a holistic information literacy program developed in the System of Libraries of CETYS Universidad in Mexico. ‘Information Culture Development’ (ICD) is driven by action research (AR) and the concept of information culture (IC), comprised of information literacy (IL), digital literacy (DL), and research competences. ICD aims at developing these competences and supporting reflection and improvement upon university practices related to curriculum, teaching, and research. ICD’s initiatives and products were divided into four axes: a) curriculum and learning support, b) information and digital literacies development, c) research and scientific communication support, and d) evaluation and communication of results. ICD’s pilot involved workshops and activities framed within an AR perspective and a mixed methods approach. Preliminary results determine the success of activities with academics and students regarding their strengths and weaknesses in IC-related competencies.


Information literacy digital literacy information culture action research higher education CETYS Universidad 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo
    • 1
  • Omar Beltrán
    • 1
  • Jesús Lau
    • 2
  1. 1.CETYS UniversidadMexicaliMexico
  2. 2.Universidad VeracruzanaVeracruzMexico

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