Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning

Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning

Policy Issues, the Workplace, Health and Public Libraries

1st Edition - October 15, 2013

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  • Authors: John Crawford, Christine Irving
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633480

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This book reviews the role of information literacy (IL) in developing employability skills, personal health management and informal learning from a variety of areas including: information policy issues, information usage and training needs and skills development. Early years education, lifelong learning and the role of IL in relevant organisations, including government departments, skills agencies, and professional bodies will also be considered. With a UK focus, this book also considers the leading role of the US in the development of information literacy policy. Case studies and examples of good practise are included and discussed, drawn primarily from Europe, North America and Australasia, also identified examples from other countries. Looks at value and impact and discusses policymaking and issues for the future.

Key Features

  • Conveniently brings together a usable text to which people can easily refer to for an overview of a diffuse area
  • No existing book considers this subject area from a UK and European perspective
  • Also aimed at a non-traditional readership including educationalists, lifelong learning activists and those involved with informal learning activities


LIS practitioners and students, information professionals, those working within informal learning and skills development environments, professionals concerned with information policy issues and the learning process in health and the workplace

Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables

    List of abbreviations



    About the authors

    About the contributors

    Part 1: Overview

    Chapter 1: Background to information policy: a brief historical introduction


    Chapter 2: Information literacy policy within the wider context of information policy


    Information policy and the information society

    Defining information literacy

    Information literacy policies

    Summary of the chapter

    Chapter 3: Relevant policy documents both from within and beyond the LIS profession


    The United States and Australia


    Devolved nations within the United Kingdom: Scotland and Wales

    Digital policy documents

    The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and information literacy

    Summary of the chapter

    Chapter 4: Recognising information literacy as an early-years’ issue


    The importance of information literacy in early years

    Information literacy and lifelong learning

    Early-years’ information literacy

    Scottish case study: real and relevant – information and critical literacy skills for the twenty-first century learner (early and first level)

    Examples from the rest of the UK and other countries

    The road to information literacy: primary school children and their information-seeking behaviour

    Collaborative partnerships and information literacy opportunities

    Summary of the chapter

    Part 2: Specific areas

    Chapter 5: The challenge of the work environment


    The rediscovery of the workplace

    Skills development and the employability agenda

    The role of higher education

    Issues of definition

    The workplace and its problems

    Information needs and sources used

    Training issues

    Examples of good practice

    Summary of the chapter

    Chapter 6: The Scottish Government Library: a case study




    Interview-based research results

    Internal achievements

    External achievements

    Future activities and aims (suggestions from the original research)

    SG Library: measuring and evaluating our training for LILAC 2010

    Our evaluation process was divided into the following four steps

    Outcomes of the LILAC research findings

    Future developments: what we are planning to do


    Summary of the chapter

    Appendix A Scottish Government Library Course Feedback

    Appendix B Scottish Government Library Course Feedback – 3-week follow-up

    Appendix C Scottish Government Library Services Feedback

    Appendix D Scottish Government Library Services Questionnaire (paper copy, no longer used)

    Appendix E Scottish Government Library Services Questionnaire email (evaluation research)

    Chapter 7: Information literacy in health management: supporting the public in their quest for health information



    Health information policy documents and frameworks

    The need for health literacy skills – research findings

    Supporting the public’s quest for health information

    Public library activities and initiatives

    Partnership working

    Summary of the chapter

    Chapter 8: Employability, informal learning and the role of the public library


    The nature of information and information literacy in informal learning

    Users and providers

    Organisations and structures

    McNicol and Dalton’s cycle of learning in public libraries

    The role of the public library

    Public Libraries Information Offer scheme

    Links with school libraries


    Physical space

    Examples of good practice

    Learning and teaching issues

    Summary of the chapter

    Chapter 9: Value and impact


    What is impact?

    Indicators and guidelines

    Measuring impact at a national level

    Methods of data collection

    Quantitative methods

    Qualitative methods


    Focus groups



    Examples of impact and evaluation

    Summary of the chapter

    Part 3: Policymaking and Issues for the Future

    Chapter 10: Review and issues for the future


    A review of issues

    What is to be done?



Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2013
  • Published: October 15, 2013
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633480

About the Authors

John Crawford

John C. Crawford is a former trustee of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. John is also the former director of the Scottish Information Literacy Project, and has published extensively in librarianship and history. He holds BA, MA, PhD, FCLIP and FSA (Scot) qualifications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Christine Irving

Christine Irving is a freelance information professional and Research Fellow. She was researcher / project officer for the Scottish Information Literacy Project and now plays a key role in the Community of Practice – Information Skills for a 21st Century Scotland. Christine has authored and co-authored online information literacy material, a national qualification in information literacy and the accompanying assessment material, journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. She holds a BA (Hons) in Information Management and an MSc in Lifelong Learning and Development.

Affiliations and Expertise

Christine Irving, Edinburgh Napier University and Scottish Information Literacy Project, UK

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