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Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning

Book Description

This book reviews the role of information literacy (IL) in developing employability skills, personal health management and informal learning from a variety of areas including: information policy issues, information usage and training needs and skills development. Early years education, lifelong learning and the role of IL in relevant organisations, including government departments, skills agencies, and professional bodies will also be considered. With a UK focus, this book also considers the leading role of the US in the development of information literacy policy. Case studies and examples of good practise are included and discussed, drawn primarily from Europe, North America and Australasia, also identified examples from other countries. Looks at value and impact and discusses policymaking and issues for the future.

  • Conveniently brings together a usable text to which people can easily refer to for an overview of a diffuse area
  • No existing book considers this subject area from a UK and European perspective
  • Also aimed at a non-traditional readership including educationalists, lifelong learning activists and those involved with informal learning activities

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of figures and tables
  6. List of abbreviations
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Preface
  9. About the authors
  10. About the contributors
  11. Part 1: Overview
    1. Chapter 1: Background to information policy: a brief historical introduction
      1. Abstract:
    2. Chapter 2: Information literacy policy within the wider context of information policy
      1. Abstract
      2. Information policy and the information society
      3. Defining information literacy
      4. Information literacy policies
      5. Summary of the chapter
    3. Chapter 3: Relevant policy documents both from within and beyond the LIS profession
      1. Abstract:
      2. The United States and Australia
      3. Germany
      4. Devolved nations within the United Kingdom: Scotland and Wales
      5. Digital policy documents
      6. The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and information literacy
      7. Summary of the chapter
    4. Chapter 4: Recognising information literacy as an early-years’ issue
      1. Abstract:
      2. The importance of information literacy in early years
      3. Information literacy and lifelong learning
      4. Early-years’ information literacy
      5. Scottish case study: real and relevant – information and critical literacy skills for the twenty-first century learner (early and first level)
      6. Examples from the rest of the UK and other countries
      7. The road to information literacy: primary school children and their information-seeking behaviour
      8. Collaborative partnerships and information literacy opportunities
      9. Summary of the chapter
  12. Part 2: Specific areas
    1. Chapter 5: The challenge of the work environment
      1. Abstract:
      2. The rediscovery of the workplace
      3. Skills development and the employability agenda
      4. The role of higher education
      5. Issues of definition
      6. The workplace and its problems
      7. Information needs and sources used
      8. Training issues
      9. Examples of good practice
      10. Summary of the chapter
    2. Chapter 6: The Scottish Government Library: a case study
      1. Abstract:
      2. Introduction
      3. Background
      4. Interview-based research results
      5. Internal achievements
      6. External achievements
      7. Future activities and aims (suggestions from the original research)
      8. SG Library: measuring and evaluating our training for LILAC 2010
      9. Our evaluation process was divided into the following four steps
      10. Outcomes of the LILAC research findings
      11. Future developments: what we are planning to do
      12. Conclusion
      13. Summary of the chapter
      14. Appendix A Scottish Government Library Course Feedback
      15. Appendix B Scottish Government Library Course Feedback – 3-week follow-up
      16. Appendix C Scottish Government Library Services Feedback
      17. Appendix D Scottish Government Library Services Questionnaire (paper copy, no longer used)
      18. Appendix E Scottish Government Library Services Questionnaire email (evaluation research)
    3. Chapter 7: Information literacy in health management: supporting the public in their quest for health information
      1. Abstract:
      2. Introduction
      3. Health information policy documents and frameworks
      4. The need for health literacy skills – research findings
      5. Supporting the public’s quest for health information
      6. Public library activities and initiatives
      7. Partnership working
      8. Summary of the chapter
    4. Chapter 8: Employability, informal learning and the role of the public library
      1. Abstract:
      2. The nature of information and information literacy in informal learning
      3. Users and providers
      4. Organisations and structures
      5. McNicol and Dalton’s cycle of learning in public libraries
      6. The role of the public library
      7. Public Libraries Information Offer scheme
      8. Links with school libraries
      9. Funding
      10. Physical space
      11. Examples of good practice
      12. Learning and teaching issues
      13. Summary of the chapter
    5. Chapter 9: Value and impact
      1. Abstract
      2. What is impact?
      3. Indicators and guidelines
      4. Measuring impact at a national level
      5. Methods of data collection
      6. Quantitative methods
      7. Qualitative methods
      8. Observation
      9. Focus groups
      10. Interviewing
      11. Resources
      12. Examples of impact and evaluation
      13. Summary of the chapter
  13. Part 3: Policymaking and Issues for the Future
    1. Chapter 10: Review and issues for the future
      1. Abstract
      2. A review of issues
      3. What is to be done?
  14. References
  15. Index