Information Literacy

Information Literacy

Infiltrating the Agenda, Challenging Minds

1st Edition - June 24, 2011

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  • Authors: Geoff Walton, Alison Pope
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632650
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346104

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Focusing on important information literacy debates, this new book with contributions from many of the main experts in the field highlights important ideas and practical considerations. Information Literacy takes the reader on a journey across the contemporary information landscape, guided by academics and practitioners who are experts in navigating this ever-changing terrain.

Key Features

  • Diversity of content from authors with national and international reputations
  • Shows professionals how to operate at a strategic level to engender institutional change and have a direct practical application for their teaching and learning practice
  • Many of the chapters are based on empirical research ensuring innovative approaches to information literacy


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables


    About the authors

    Chapter 1: Introduction


    But who were the community of practice?

    Change of key: change of outlook

    Our call to arms …

    Part 1: Collaboration, Curriculum and Courses

    Chapter 2: Information literate pedagogy: developing a levels framework for the Open University




    Previous work

    The rationale for the IL Levels Framework

    Development of the IL Levels Framework

    Putting it into practice

    What support might people need to use it?

    How we will test it: case studies

    Possible issues

    Future developments


    Chapter 3: Information literacy in the workplace and the employability agenda


    A background of issues

    Information literacy in the workplace and employability defined?

    Information literacy and the skills agenda

    Organisations and information

    Inside the organisation

    Information needs and sources used

    Training issues

    Examples of good practice

    Chapter 4: Information literacy in the context of contemporary teaching methods in higher education



    Enquiry based learning and the IL perspective

    Dialectic facilitation approaches: an alternative approach to IL development

    A new dimension …


    Part 2: Development, Dialogue and Design

    Chapter 5: ‘Enquiring Minds’ and the role of information literacy in the design, management and assessment of student research tasks



    The Enquiring Minds (EM) project

    IL, the teaching-research nexus and EBL

    External standards: QAA

    The EM People, Diversity & Work pilot

    Bringing IL into the Law curriculum

    From theory into practice: implementation

    IL competences and ‘standards’

    IL and the limitations of ‘learning outcomes’

    ‘Competency standards’ in Law skills assessment

    Presentation, reward and ‘communication’ aspects

    Competency standards for ‘communication’ and the ‘ethical’ dimension

    The ‘ethical’ dimension in ‘communication’


    Chapter 6: Are we sharing our toys in the sandpit? Issues surrounding the design, creation, reuse re-purposing of learning objects to support information skills teaching



    Literature review

    Design of RLOs for information skills

    Sharing your content


    Appendix Reuse logbook

    Chapter 7: Spielberg your way to information literacy: producing educational movies and videos



    Using videos






    Reviewing and evaluating

    Next steps

    Final thoughts


    Part 3: Obesity, Overload and Opportunity

    Chapter 8: Information literacy and noöpolitics



    Information abundance and information obesity

    From geopolitics to noöpolitics

    Competing forms of value

    A politically aware information literacy education?


    Chapter 9: Contemporary technologies’ influence on learning as a social practice


    Contemporary technology

    What makes the Internet such a radical and disruptive technology for education?

    Social learning is nothing new

    The Internet as the modern wireless ‘Penny University’

    Knowing stuff: what we now do with information

    The cult of the amateur and the rise of the informal learner and expert

    Pedagogy 2.0? Opportunities and threats of contemporary social learning

    Information literacy


    Chapter 10: Understanding the information literacy competencies of UK Higher Education students



    Background and context

    Information literacy Testing at MMU – context

    Research methods


    Conclusions and recommendations



Product details

  • No. of pages: 322
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2011
  • Published: June 24, 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632650
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346104

About the Authors

Geoff Walton

Geoff Walton is a Subject and Learning Support Librarian and Research Informed teaching (RiT) Project Co-ordinator at Staffordshire University, with specific subject responsibilities for Psychology and Sport & Exercise Science. As RiT Co-ordinator Geoff is involved in identifying synergies between research, teaching, learning, information literacy, e-learning and inquiry-based learning. He is particularly interested in the cognitive processes involved in becoming information literate. His research interests also include developing the online information literacy tool the Assignment Survival Kit (ASK), developing a process for online peer assessment, investigating academic skills needs in undergraduate students and using inquiry-based methods to facilitate learning.

Affiliations and Expertise

Staffordshire University, UK

Alison Pope

Alison Pope was a Learning and Teaching Fellow at Staffordshire University from 2005 to 2009. Her research in this period focused on the importance of adopting a strategic approach to information literacy in the HE context. She especially focused on the need to embed information literacy within the curriculum. Alison has spoken at many high profile conferences on this topic and has also published widely. She is Senior Subject and Learning Support Librarian at Staffordshire University with specific responsibility for the Schools of Law and Business. Alison leads the team at Staffordshire responsible for the development of the Assignment Survival Kit (ASK) and is currently engaged in empirical research to develop further the ASK software in a Web 2.0 environment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Staffordshire University, UK

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