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Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843346821, 9781780633480

Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning

1st Edition

Policy Issues, the Workplace, Health and Public Libraries

Authors: John Crawford Christine Irving
Paperback ISBN: 9781843346821
eBook ISBN: 9781780633480
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 15th October 2013
Page Count: 320
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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?




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


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"...well organised and presented logically, and the case studies are helpful in understanding current trends...recommended for librarians working in health and public libraries who wish to gain insights into current and future trends in information literacy in the UK, Europe and US."--ALJ Online Reviews,August 1 2014

"With a U.K. focus, this book also looks at the leading role of the U.S. in the development of information literacy policy. Case studies and examples of good practice are included and discussed, drawn primarily from Europe, North America and Australasia; it also identifies examples from other countries."--LIS Trends blog, April 13, 2014

"…They describe the history of information issues in the UK; the formation of information literacy policy; and relevant policy documents from the library and information science profession and elsewhere in the US, Australia, and the UK. They argue that information literacy is important in early childhood education, with examples from the UK and other countries, and explore information literacy activity in various situations: the workplace as compared to higher education…", February 2014

Ratings and Reviews

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