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Information Literacy Landscapes

Book Description

Drawing upon the author’s on going research into information literacy, Information Literacy Landscapes explores the nature of the phenomenon from a socio-cultural perspective, which offers a more holistic approach to understanding information literacy as a catalyst for learning. This perspective emphasizes the dynamic relationship between learner and environment in the construction of knowledge. The approach underlines the importance of contextuality, through which social, cultural and embodied factors influence formal and informal learning. This book contributes to the understanding of information literacy and its role in formal and informal contexts.

  • Explores the shape of information literacy within education and workplace contexts
  • Introduces a holistic definition of information literacy which has been drawn from empirical studies in the workplace
  • Introduces a range of sensitizing concepts for researchers and practitioners

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. About the author
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Foreword
  9. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. The nature of this book
    2. Aim of this book
    3. Structure of this book
  10. Chapter 2: Conceptual orientation
    1. Introduction
    2. What is an information landscape?
    3. Information and literacy
    4. Practice theory, situated learning and communities of practice
    5. Bodies in practice
    6. Communities of practice
    7. Situated learning
    8. Information practice research in library and information science
    9. Connecting practice and information literacy
    10. Conceptualizing information literacy
    11. Theorizing information literacy as a meta-practice
    12. Conclusions
  11. Chapter 3: Information literacy practice in academic libraries and the higher education landscape
    1. Introduction
    2. Foundation studies of information literacy in the higher education sector
    3. Definitions and descriptions of information literacy in the educational sector
    4. Critiques of information literacy
    5. Information literacy as practice in educational settings
    6. Education for information literacy practitioners
    7. Collaborative practices: librarian and faculty relationships
    8. Programmes and frameworks for information literacy education
    9. Information literacy standards and frameworks in higher education
    10. Advocacy, strategy and lifelong learning
    11. Conclusions: information literacy practice in the education landscape
  12. Chapter 4: Information literacy in the workplace landscape
    1. Introduction
    2. Foundation research into workplace information literacy
    3. Information literacy as a competency and skill
    4. Corporate and small business sectors
    5. Advocating information literacy skills into the workplace
    6. Beyond skills
    7. Information literacy from a socio-cultural perspective: Lloyd’s workplace studies
    8. Issues for workplace information literacy
    9. Conclusions
  13. Chapter 5: Information literacy advocacy and the public library landscape
    1. Introduction
    2. Advocacy of information literacy
    3. Information literacy in the public library sector
    4. Aspirational information literacy: governance and civil society
    5. Health information literacy
    6. Characteristics of information literacy in the public sector landscape
    7. Conclusions
  14. Chapter 6: Landscapes of information literacy
    1. Introduction
    2. Information literacy landscapes: a general overview
    3. Features of information literacy in the educational, workplace and community landscapes
    4. Workplace landscape settings
    5. Community landscape
    6. Conclusions
  15. Chapter 7: A conceptual architecture for information literacy practice
    1. Introduction
    2. Conceptualizing an architecture for information literacy
    3. Concepts for theorizing information literacy architecture in the landscape model
    4. Context matters
    5. Discourse
    6. Information modalities
    7. Information practice
    8. Information activities
    9. Conclusion
  16. Chapter 8: Concluding comments
  17. Index