Journal Cover Journal of Information Literacy
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   ISSN (Print) 1750-5968
   Published by Loughborough University Library Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Right answers, reflection, and CPD on a shoestring

    • Authors: Emma Coonan
      Pages: 1 - 2
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • School libraries, political information and information literacy
           provision: findings from a Scottish study.

    • Authors: Lauren N. Smith
      Pages: 3 - 25
      Abstract: This paper presents the findings of research which explored Scottish school libraries’ information provision and information literacy (IL) support in the run-up to two major political events: the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum (SIR) and the 2015 General UK Parliamentary Election (GE). To do this, the project identified, through an online survey, what political information seeking secondary school students engaged in through school libraries, what information provision and IL support was available to students relating to political issues and events, and what barriers school libraries faced in providing these aspects of political education. It also identified what information seeking students engaged in, what levels of information provision and IL support relating to politics are provided by school libraries, and to explore the perceptions and experiences of library staff relating to work in this area. Analysis of the results indicates that there are mixed levels of provision across school libraries in Scotland and that this variation may be influenced by inconsistent policies from local councils and individual schools themselves, as well as variations in the experience and views of library staff. Key activities to support young people’s political education are identified, and several reasons library staff do not engage in political work are discussed. The findings are linked to previous research, with a discussion of the need to encourage and support school library staff to contribute to the political education of students alongside teaching staff. Several recommendations for schools and library staff are made, relating to a consideration of the role of school libraries, how they can provide relevant political information, the importance of clear policies around political information provision and the support required for school library workers. 
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Health literacy: a cross-disciplinary study in American undergraduate
           college students

    • Authors: Rachel Joseph, Samantha Fernandes, Lauri Hyers, Kerri O'Brien
      Pages: 26 - 39
      Abstract: Our research aims to assess the health literacy of undergraduate college students. Past research on the health literacy of undergraduate students has revealed some gaps in the undergraduate health literacy. In this study, we employed the Newest Vital Sign Test to measure health literacy. We interviewed 235 undergraduate students from health majors (nursing and other health) and non-health majors. We hypothesised that due to the specificity of a health-related curriculum, nursing and other health-related majors would score higher in health literacy than non-health-related majors, and that nursing majors in particular would score higher than other health-related majors and non-health-related majors. We found support for our hypothesis, as nursing majors had a mean score of 3.57, while health and non-health majors had a mean score of 3.24 and 2.88 respectively when assessing their health literacy levels. We discuss our results with regard to the strategies for improving health literacy skills.
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Flipping the classroom in business and education one-shot sessions: a
           research study

    • Authors: Madeline E. Cohen, Jennifer Poggiali, Alison Lehner-Quam, Robin Wright, Rebecca K. West
      Pages: 40 - 63
      Abstract: In response to the challenge of maximising the effectiveness of one-off information literacy (IL) sessions, library faculty at Lehman College experimented with the flipped classroom model. This research paper reports the results of a multi-semester quantitative study of the flipped classroom in business management and education one-off sessions. Researchers explored two research questions: Do students in a flipped session demonstrate greater knowledge before their session than students in a control session? and Do flipped and control students demonstrate significant, positive improvement in knowledge after their session? The researchers used pre- and post-tests to evaluate two crucial aspects of the flipped model: pre-class homework assignments and in-class active learning. A significant finding supports the usefulness of homework assignments in preparing students for these library sessions. Both education and business classes also reported high degrees of satisfaction with the flipped model. The article provides evidence that the flipped classroom, especially those using the pre-class homework assignments, can be effective for student learning in IL one-off sessions.
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • An assessment of library instruction: its influence on search behaviour of
           first- and third-year students

    • Authors: Torunn Skofsrud Boger, Hanne Dybvik, Anne-Lise Eng, Else Helene Norheim
      Pages: 64 - 77
      Abstract: This article presents the results of a follow-up study conducted at Østfold University College in 2015 which set out to examine information resource use among students of nursing and teacher education. The first study was presented in an article published in the Journal of Information Literacy Vol. 9 No. 1 (Boger et al. 2015). The two qualitative studies were carried out by interviewing the students about their skills in information retrieval, and observing them. The results show differences in search behaviour between first-year and third-year students, a decrease in the use of Google, and a difference between the students from the nursing faculty and the teacher education faculty.
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Rethinking the concept of "information literacy": a German

    • Authors: Rares G Piloiu
      Pages: 78 - 93
      Abstract: The purpose of this article is to draw attention to the original and diverse approaches to the concept of information literacy in the German academic world. Unlike the American notion of information literacy, whose pedagogy, methodology and conceptualization follow guidelines set forth by powerful professional organisations such as ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) and ALA (American Library Association), the German notion of information literacy is still negotiated on an interdisciplinary market of ideas ranging from communication science to didactics and from cultural anthropology to epistemology. An awareness of this international perspective on information literacy is timely, given the recent debates about the legitimacy of the radically new approach to information literacy put forth in the ACRL Framework.
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • CILIP Conference 2016: We’re all in this together

    • Authors: Lisa Hutchins
      Pages: 94 - 96
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • ECIL 2016: Information Literacy in the Inclusive Society

    • Authors: Kirsten McCormick
      Pages: 97 - 99
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book review of McNicol, S. ed. 2016. Critical literacy for information
           professionals. London: Facet.

    • Authors: Claire Elizabeth Sewell
      Pages: 100 - 101
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book review of Downey, A. 2016. Critical information literacy:
           foundations, inspiration, and ideas. Sacramento: Library Juice Press.

    • Authors: Cindy Gruwell
      First page: 102
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book review of Gilton, D.L. 2016. Creating and promoting lifelong learning
           in public libraries: tools and tips for practitioners. Lanham: Rowman &

    • Authors: Ann Hindson
      Pages: 103 - 104
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book review of Allan, B. 2016. Emerging strategies for supporting student
           learning. A practical guide for librarians and educators. London: Facet.

    • Authors: Marta Cassaro
      Pages: 105 - 106
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book review of Secker, J. and Morrison, C. (eds). 2016. Copyright and
           E-learning: a guide for practitioners. 2nd ed., London: Facet.

    • Authors: Andrew Eynon
      Pages: 107 - 108
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
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