Information Literacy and Cultural Heritage

Developing a Model for Lifelong Learning


  • Kim Baker, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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.
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Librarians; archivists; museum scientists; and practitioners in public and international cultural heritage institutions


Book information

  • Published: March 2013
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-720-0


[A] well-written and fascinating book., South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science

Table of Contents

Exploring cultural heritage in the context of museums, archives and libraries; Cultural heritage within digital information contexts; Overview of information literacy models in the library context; Critical thinking and lifelong learning; Information literacy and cultural heritage: A proposed generic model for lifelong learning; Guidelines for adapting the generic Information Literacy and Cultural Heritage Model for Lifelong Learning to local contexts; Conclusion: Summary observations and a way forward.