Information literacy

"Several conceptions and definitions of information literacy have become prevalent. One conception defines information literacy in terms of a set of competencies that an informed citizen of an information society ought to possess to participate intelligently and actively in that society" (Wikipedia, 2006).


Information literacy is of course generally related to the general concept of literacy, but is more related to forms of user education in Library and Information Science.







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Bruce, C. (2000). Information literacy research: dimensions of the emerging collective consciousness. Australian Academic and Research Libraries, 31(2), 91-109.


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Grassian, E. S. and Kaplowitz, J. R. (2001). Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Practice. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.


Moore, P. (2000). Learning together: staff development for information literacy education. In C. Bruce & P. Candy (Eds.), Information literacy around the world: advances in programs and research (pp. 258-270). Wagga Wagga, Australia: Charles Sturt University, Centre for Information Studies.


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Simmons, M. H. (2005). Librarians as disciplinary discourse mediators: using genre theory to move toward critical information literacy. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 5(3), 297-311.


Webber, S. & Johnston, B. (2000). Conceptions of information literacy: new perspectives and implications. Journal of Information Science, 26(6), 381-397.




Wikipedia. The free encyclopedia. (2006). Information literacy.








Birger Hjørland

Last edited: 25-03-2007