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Ciência da Informação

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MIRANDA, Silvânia. How the information needs may be related to information compentency. Ci. Inf. [online]. 2006, vol.35, n.3, pp.99-114. ISSN 0100-1965.

This paper intends to discuss a theoretical connection between information needs and information competencies. Two theoretical models are presented to express the similarities identified between the dimensions and elements of information needs and competencies. A third model presents a possibility of connection. Aspects of possible issues following this theoretical construction are discussed, considering that the recognition of information needs may result, practically speaking, on the development of informational competencies to fulfill these needs. In this way, information users could be empowered; in the sense that they would be able to fulfill their own information needs developing themselves suitable information competency.

Palabras clave : Information needs; Competencies; Information competency.

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