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and personal research efficiency. For information on similar developments in Canada, see
Towards a new paradigm for scholarly communication (1995).
As the use of the Intemrnet became essential to faculty at all levels of education,
electronic information access literacy will join with the original three "Rs" of reading,
'riting, and 'rithmetic to form a new traditional basic education. Olsen (1992) advocated
that electronic library literacy was essential for any individual to be successful in the
coming century. "As the electronic library emerges, the traditional literacy skills of
reading and writing will no longer be sufficient for effective use of this new form of
literacy. Colleges and universities must produce students who are information literate in
an electronic world" (p. 94). Beacham and Kester (1994) also advocated intensive
training in the use of the Intemrnet for faculty members and students. If students are to
become information literate, higher education faculty and their colleagues in elementary
and secondary schools must become masters of this emerging on-line environment. In
turn, information providers and system developers must gain knowledge of their users
information needs and information seeking behaviors.
Scott (2000) reported on an effort between faculty members and librarians at the
University of Missouri-Kansas City to develop "high-order information literacy skills" in
students. Some of the skills developed included evaluation of Web sites. The program
was judged a success and has led to other collaborative efforts in the library's instruction
It is essential that faculty members help prepare students for accessing the wealth
of information available from the Intemet. Harris (1995-1996) recommended that faculty
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