Knowledge Organization and Dissemination, and Knowledge Navigation and Application: Where the Classroom and the Library Meet in Higher Education

Dr. Edward K. Owusu-Ansah
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Education is a process by which the existing knowledge of a society is transferred from one generation to another, and a process in which the tools and aptitudes for generating new knowledge are developed. Higher education may therefore be regarded as a process of professional socialization, in which the knowledge and expectations for a designated area of intellectual activity and practice are inculcated into novices by existing experts, with the expectation that the novice will one day become an expert. At the center of the interactions and activities that define this process is the knowledge that is to be transferred, learned, internalized, assimilated, eventually improved upon, or superseded. In this perception of higher education as a milieu for the interplay of the activities and relationships that facilitate knowledge transfer and acquisition, colleges and universities are best served when they acknowledge the close and interdependent relationship between their teaching-learning efforts and the knowledge organization, transfer, and navigation activities and expertise of their librarians. When the repositories and gateways to knowledge and familiarity with their use affects efficiency of access to and use of knowledge, then training to ensure such familiarity becomes an essential part of the activities that define the teaching-learning-research mission of higher education. Herein lies the academic library's inextricable centrality to the main purpose of colleges and universities. Herein lies the strongest justification for the library's active and direct participation in information literacy education.

Keywords: Information Literacy, Academic Libraries—Aims and Objectives
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Knowledge Organization and Dissemination, and Knowledge Navigation and Application

Dr. Edward K. Owusu-Ansah

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Information Literacy and Library Instruction, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Dr Owusu-Ansah holds a Master of Library Science degree from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in sociology from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. His current research focus is on information, knowledge, and their relationship, and how that relationship impacts the role and place of the academic library in institutions of higher learning. Dr Owusu-Ansah is also interested in the investigation of issues in the theory and practice of library instruction and information literacy. His latest publications are: "Information Literacy and Higher Education: Placing the Academic Library in the Center of a Comprehensive Solution," Journal of Academic Librarianship, 30.1 (2004): 3-16; "In Brief Response to Diane Zabel," Journal of Academic Librarianship, 30.1 (2004): 22-23; and "Information Literacy and the Academic Library: A Critical Look at a Concept and the Controversies Surrounding It," Journal of Academic Librarianship, 29.4 (2003): 219-230. Dr Owusu-Ansah is a resident of Staten Island and may be reached by e-mail at

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