Information Literacy and Information Culture in Higher Education Institutions in Estonia

  • Liia Lauri
  • Mati Heidmets
  • Sirje Virkus
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 552)


Information culture is an important component of an organization. This paper focuses on the information culture of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Estonia and reports the results of a study that aimed to explore the relationship between information culture including information literacy, information management and satisfaction with job and leadership as well as self-reported individual performance. Factor analysis revealed three types of information culture: (1) integrated; (2) pro-active; and (3) informal. A significant correlation was found between information culture with integrated information sharing and use (type 1), and satisfaction with job and leadership as well as self-reported individual performance. It could be suggested that the construct of information culture consisting of values, norms and behaviours related to information sharing and use in organisations is a valuable construct in analysing information environments and relations with job satisfaction, leadership style and self-reported performance of HEIs in Estonia.


Information culture Information literacy Information management Job satisfaction Leadership style Self-reported performance Higher education institutions Estonia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Information StudiesTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia
  2. 2.Institute of PsychologyTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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