How do public librarians constitute information literacy?

Demasson, Andrew and Partridge, Helen and Bruce, Christine (2017) How do public librarians constitute information literacy? Journal of Librarianship and Information Science . ISSN 0961-0006

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Abstract

The public library has historically been entrusted with the design and delivery of services and programmes aimed at supporting the information literacy needs of the community-at-large. However, despite that central role little research has been devoted to understanding the ways in which public librarians, the conduit between the programme and the public, constitute the very concept (information literacy) they are delivering. This study has sought to redress that inequity by way of a phenomenographic study into the ways in which public librarians constitute information literacy. Data was collected via twenty semi-structured, one-on-one interviews with public librarians working in Queensland, Australia. The study revealed that the respondents constituted information literacy in four ways, as: intellectual process, technical skills, navigating the social world and gaining the desired result. Those findings and the attending study will help to provide a new evidence base that assists in the design and delivery of activities supporting future information literacy endeavors in the nation’s public libraries.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Division of Academic Services - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2017 02:32
Last Modified: 09 May 2018 04:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: information literacy; phenomenography; public librarians; public library; qualitative research
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0961000617726126
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33049

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