Self-reported Information Literacy Skills Among Researchers Within a Medical and Health Science Faculty

  • Ann De MeulemeesterEmail author
  • Nele S. Pauwels
  • Renaat Peleman
  • Heidi Buysse
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 676)


Since research output is expanded from published work to research data and communication, guidance and support should follow this evolution. Ghent University Library (Belgium) conducted in 2015 a “Skills@UGent” survey comprising questions considering information literacy skills to identify actual needs. This paper focuses on research planning, deontology and visibility queried in a group of postdoctoral researchers of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. They encounter specific difficulties with respecting ethical codes of conduct, knowing how and where to store data, setting up a data management plan, and knowing and applying new insights concerning data management. Furthermore, they also encounter problems with different aspects of visibility. The results of this survey gave the Knowledge Center a better insight of the information literacy self-efficacy of postdoctoral researchers which lead to several initiatives such as customized lunch seminars and a more user-oriented website.


Data management Deontology Visibility Information literacy Self-efficacy Researchers Health sciences 



The authors would like to thank Daisy De Sutter (Knowledge Center Ghent, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium) for her contribution to this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann De Meulemeester
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nele S. Pauwels
    • 1
  • Renaat Peleman
    • 1
  • Heidi Buysse
    • 2
  1. 1.Knowledge Center GhentGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Medical Informatics and StatisticsGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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