Training to Overcome Electronic-Information Poverty. An Australian Experience
Deakin University, Australia
The rise of the information revolution has led to information becoming a major producer of wealth. This revolution has increased the importance of being able to access and utilise information from a variety of sources, including information published electronically. The Skills.net program was designed to increase electronic- information literacy skills by providing "free or low cost access to training in on-line services and the Internet for those in the community who are least likely to have access." (Cavill and Miller, 1998) This study found that the Skills.net program did increase electronic- information literacy. However the program was not as successful as it could have been, as it did not adequately address the accepted training needs of its participants.
Keywords: Information Poverty, Electronic-Information Poverty, Information Literacy, Electronic-Information-Literacy, Training, User-focussed evaluation, Information Revolution.