Web designers and developers experiences of information literacy: a phenomenographic study

Abdi, Elham Sayyad and Partridge, Helen and Bruce, Christine (2016) Web designers and developers experiences of information literacy: a phenomenographic study. Library and Information Science Research, 38 (4). pp. 353-359. ISSN 0740-8188


The qualitative research reported here identifies how web designers and developers experience information literacy. Using a phenomenographic approach, this cohort's experience is presented through a map of variation, which includes four different ways of experiencing information literacy. Analysis of 23 in-depth interviews with web workers from different stages of the web design and development process suggested the four ways web workers experience information literacy: staying informed, building a successful website, solving a problem or participating in a community of practice. The study advances the existing understanding of the concept of information literacy, especially in a professional context and from a relational perspective. Additionally, using the web professionals' world as the context of the study, the research contributes to the field of website design and development by shedding light on less-researched information experiences of people involved in the web industry.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Division of Academic Services - No Department
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 05:37
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2017 01:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information literacy; web design;
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.008
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33276

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