Two Years of Information Culture Development for Supporting Higher Education: Initiatives, Teacher’s Perceptions and Future Actions

Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 552)


Information Culture Development (ICD) is a holistic information literacy program that was established in 2013 and developed at CETYS Universidad in Mexico. ICD caters to all university stakeholders with different initiatives that are contained within ICD’s 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. This article presents such initiatives and the instruments used to evaluate them. Moreover, it analyses recent interviews with eight academic staff that have known of and benefited from these initiatives, both for themselves and for their students. The data analysis offers a means of determining ICD’s role in supporting the development of an information culture and positively influencing teaching, learning and research practices in the university. Furthermore, academic staff insights help guide the program’s further development, by pointing toward the need for future actions and strategies.


Information literacy Digital literacy Information culture Higher education CETYS universidad Mexico 


  1. 1.
    Machin-Mastromatteo, J.D., Lau, J., Virkus, S.: Participatory action research and information literacy: revising an old new hope for research and practice. In: Kurbanoğlu, S., Grassian, E., Mizrachi, D., Catts, R., Špiranec, S. (eds.) ECIL 2013. CCIS, vol. 397, pp. 48–53. Springer, Heidelberg (2013)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    CETYS Universidad.: Plan de Desarrollo 2020. IENAC, Mexicali (2011)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Oliver, G.: Investigating information culture: a comparative case study research design and methods. Arch. Sci. 4(3–4), 287–314 (2004)MathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Davenport, T.: Information Ecology. Oxford University Press, Oxford (1997)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Machin-Mastromatteo, J.D., Beltrán, O., Lau, J.: Piloting a holistic information culture program: the experience of CETYS universidad system of libraries. In: Kurbanoğlu, S., Špiranec, S., Grassian, E., Mizrachi, D., Catts, R. (eds.) ECIL 2014. CCIS, vol. 492, pp. 350–360. Springer, Heidelberg (2014)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Vezzosi, M.: Information literacy and action research: an overview and some reflections. New Libr. World 107(7–8), 286–301 (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Hill, C.: Improving information skills programs using action-research. In: Booker, D. (ed.) Concept, Challenge, Conundrum: From Library Skills to Information Literacy, Proceedings of the Fourth National Information Literacy Conference, pp. 139–146. Charles Sturt University Press, Adelaide (2000)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Pickering, N., Crow, S., Franklin, L.: Information Literacy and Information Literacy Skills Instruction: Applying Research to Practice in the 21st Century School Library, 3rd edn. Libraries Unlimited, Santa Barbara (2011)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Open Access This chapter is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 International License (, which permits any noncommercial use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license and indicate if changes were made.

The images or other third party material in this chapter are included in the chapter's Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the chapter's Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder.

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CETYS UniversidadMexicaliMexico

Personalised recommendations