INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRAINING AS PART OF INFORMATION LITERACY IN UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENT
University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (BULGARIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 13th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 9-10 November, 2020
Location: Online Conference
Literacy is one of the basic skills needed in education, understood as the ability, willingness, and confidence to acquire new knowledge. But today literacy is essential in every part of the learning process and it is also a vital part of the information literacy. The information literacy combines a major set of skills, such as media literacy, digital literacy, and critical thinking and in the end – transliteracy, which is a new concept and combination of skills, knowledge, thinking and acting. In every skill set in the new digital age, we are all part of, the intellectual property plays an essential role – it an inseparable part of information literacy (IL). We witness the fast development of human intellectual activity that leads to creating intellectual products, thanks to the personal creativity.
The main goal of this paper is to make a definition of intellectual property literacy (IPL), demonstrate the value of IPL and how it should be integrated in education. The training in IPL gives understanding the importance of protecting the rights of people that create something unique. Intellectual property rights give innovators the opportunity to protect their rights, providing legitimate commercial opportunities. Intellectual property literacy training should be integrated into the information literacy programs and be an obligatory discipline, part of the curricula for every university degree.
The methodology for achieving the objective of the study and solving the set research tasks include the following specific methods: content analysis, comparative analysis, and synthesis of the obtained information.
The positive education environment suggests that information literacy programmes should be promoted as a way of enhancing students' understanding of intellectual property issues. Intellectual property is vital for creativity if students are aware and able to use IP effectively. The IPL training will even encourage collaboration across the academic community.
Keywords: Literacy, information literacy, intellectual property, university information environment.