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Information Literacy and Cultural Heritage

Book Description

There is a complex and contested terrain of cultural heritage in the library, archive and museum context. Information Literacy and Cultural Heritage explores this landscape and covers perspectives from museums, archives and libraries, highlighting the role of memory and contested history in the collection, description and presentation of cultural heritage. The book argues that the convergence of libraries, archives and museums in digital preservation should be extended to include the development of combined lifelong learning programmes, teaching both information literacy skills and awareness of cultural heritage.

This title is structured into seven chapters, covering cultural heritage in the library, archive and museum context; digital information contexts; an overview of information literacy models of stages and processes, as well as models of standards, competencies and performance indicators. The book then examines the role of critical thinking and lifelong learning; proposes a generic model of information literacy and cultural heritage for lifelong learning; offers guidelines for adapting the model to local contexts; and offers a conclusion.

  • Covers cultural heritage in the museums, archives and library context
  • Explores the place of cultural heritage and social issues in the digital information context
  • Reviews existing models of information literacy processes, standards and indicators

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. List of figures and table
  7. List of abbreviations
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. About the author
  10. Introduction
  11. Chapter 1: Exploring cultural heritage in the context of museums, archives and libraries
    1. Abstract:
    2. Definitions and concepts
    3. The role of memory and contested history in cultural heritage
    4. Perspectives from museums
    5. Perspectives from archives
    6. Perspectives from libraries
    7. Concluding comments
  12. Chapter 2: Cultural heritage within digital information contexts
    1. Abstract:
    2. Overview of the contexts of digital information
    3. The digital divide and moral rights to cultural heritage
    4. Social responses in the digital world
    5. Concluding comments
  13. Chapter 3: Overview of information literacy models in the library context
    1. Abstract:
    2. Definitions and concepts
    3. Models of information literacy stages and processes
    4. Models of information literacy standards, competencies and performance indicators
    5. Concluding comments
  14. Chapter 4: Critical thinking and lifelong learning
    1. Abstract:
    2. The role of critical thinking and lifelong learning
    3. Critical thinking skills and cultural sensitivities
    4. Lifelong learning and learning styles
    5. Concluding comments
  15. Chapter 5: Information literacy and cultural heritage: a proposed generic model for lifelong learning
    1. Abstract:
    2. Summary of key factors in the development of the model
    3. A generic model of information literacy and cultural heritage for lifelong learning
    4. Learner’s tasks
    5. Concluding comments
  16. Chapter 6: Guidelines for adapting the generic Information Literacy and Cultural Heritage Model for Lifelong Learning to local contexts
    1. Abstract:
    2. Suggested methodology and research design for adapting the model to local contexts
    3. Factors to consider in adapting the model
    4. Applying the model: designing training courses based on the model
    5. Reviewing, evaluating and revising the model and training courses
    6. Concluding comments
  17. Chapter 7: Conclusion: summary observations and a way forward
    1. Abstract:
  18. Appendix 1: sample survey of patrons of museums, archives and libraries
  19. Appendix 2: sample interview schedule, June–July 2013
  20. Bibliography
  21. Index