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Journal of Information Literacy
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ISSN (Print) 1750-5968
Published by Loughborough University Library Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Turning point: Going beyond a learner-centred focus

    • Authors: Alison Hicks
      Pages: 1–4 - 1–4
      PubDate: 2022-12-02
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
  • Information literacy and the body in the Kente-weaving landscape

    • Authors: Franklin Gyamfi Agyemang, Nicoline Wessels
      Pages: 5–21 - 5–21
      Abstract: This article reports on the relationship between becoming information literate and the body in the Kente-weaving landscape. A mixed approach of incorporative ethnographic participant observation and semi-structured interviews with 24 participants through their roles as either master weaver, junior weaver or novice weaver at the Bonwire Kente Centre. Thematic analysis through an embodied-practice approach to information literacy (IL) frames the analysis of this study. The findings show that the body facilitates IL or knowing by understanding and making meaning of the cues afforded it from interaction and participation in the Kente-weaving practices. The body facilitates or enables IL through identifying and understanding cues in an information landscape.
      PubDate: 2022-12-01
      DOI: 10.11645/16.2.3273
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
  • The faculty-focused model of information literacy

    • Authors: Jane Hammons
      Pages: 22–4 - 22–4
      Abstract: In a faculty-focused, or “teach the teachers” (TTT) model of information literacy (IL), librarians would spend a significant portion of their time on faculty development. To support the adoption of this approach, there needs to be evidence that librarians can act effectively as faculty developers and that faculty development (also referred to as academic or educational development) can produce positive changes in teaching practices and student learning. This paper explores the faculty development literature in order to better understand the potential of the faculty-focused model of IL. Two research questions guided the review. What can the literature on the effectiveness of faculty development tell us about the potential of the faculty development approach to IL' Additionally, what insight can the literature on the background, experiences, and identity of faculty developers provide to our understanding of librarians acting as faculty developers' The analysis provides indications that a model of IL instruction focused on faculty could support increased integration of IL into the curriculum, as well as additional evidence that faculty development should be considered a viable role for librarians. However, the review also surfaced concerns about the identity and status of developers and the challenges of assessing faculty development that are relevant to librarians’ adoption of the faculty-focused model of IL. By exploring the faculty development literature as part of a consideration of the TTT approach to IL, this paper provides a valuable perspective to the ongoing debates about the future of IL.
      PubDate: 2022-12-01
      DOI: 10.11645/16.2.3222
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
  • Teaching and its discontents

    • Authors: Heidi Julien, Melissa Gross, Don Latham
      Pages: 41–5 - 41–5
      Abstract: Teaching is a core role for librarians in academic contexts, although most librarians are not formally prepared to teach and encounter significant challenges in the role, including complex relationships with campus colleagues. The purpose of this research was to explore how community college librarians, an understudied population, understand their teaching role. Online interviews lasting fifteen to seventy-four minutes were conducted with thirty community college librarians who provide information literacy (IL) instruction. Participants were recruited by direct email invitation and were asked questions relating to their instructional practices. Interview transcripts were analysed qualitatively, with a specific focus on participants’ experiences of the teaching role. Participants reported positive relationships with students, and significant challenges in their relationships with disciplinary faculty and administrators. Their lack of formal preparation for the teaching role led to infrequent and informal assessment and evaluation practices. Pre-service education for the teaching role could be strengthened to provide librarians with the skill set and confidence to provide more effective instruction. Instructional quality is critical as the importance of IL is increasingly recognized as key to academic, workplace, and personal success.
      PubDate: 2022-12-01
      DOI: 10.11645/16.2.3189
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
  • Breaking down bias

    • Authors: Joel M. Burkholder, Kat Phillips
      Pages: 53–6 - 53–6
      Abstract: What is bias' A review of the library literature reveals no attempts to define the concept. Nor does it reveal systematic attempts to develop interventions that teach the identification and evaluation of bias. Current pedagogical approaches (checklists and bias charts) tend to assume a self-evident definition that categorises bias as unquestioningly bad and disqualifying. Current approaches, however, fail to recognise the cognitive complexity of decoding bias within a source. A decoding process includes identifying the type of bias, determining an objective baseline, recognising biased features, and analysing bias’s impact. Based on work done from several fields—argumentation theory, media bias, media literacy, and history education—this paper proposes an operational definition of bias and a practical framework for conceptualising a process to identify and evaluate bias. This paper will explore the limitations of this framework, as well as existing source evaluation paradigms. If librarians want to prepare individuals to participate in a post-truth society, where disinformation weaponises bias by appealing to emotions and beliefs rather than facts, an inclusive and nuanced conception of bias is a necessary component of library instruction.
      PubDate: 2022-12-02
      DOI: 10.11645/16.2.3100
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
  • Students, academic reading and information literacy in a time of COVID

    • Authors: Jane Secker, Elizabeth Tilley
      Pages: 69–7 - 69–7
      Abstract: Reports on a panel discussion held at LILAC 2022 on student academic reading during the COVID-19 pandemic. Draws on data from two surveys, but also discusses the implications of this research for teachers and information literacy (IL) practitioners. In summary, students carried out almost all their academic reading in electronic format, due to the restrictions in place. However, in common with research conducted prior to the pandemic, their preferences for reading in print format remained. Students also report doing less of their assigned readings, feeling more tired as well as reporting other negative health benefits from excess use of screens and devices. The study has implications for librarians, learning developers and for academic staff assigning course readings to students. Ongoing research in this area is recommended. 
      PubDate: 2022-12-02
      DOI: 10.11645/16.2.3291
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
  • LOEX 2022: Exploring information evaluation and algorithmic literacy

    • Authors: Kelli Michelle Herm
      Pages: 80–8 - 80–8
      PubDate: 2022-12-02
      DOI: 10.11645/3235
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
  • LOEX 2022: Misinformation and source evaluation

    • Authors: Allison Irene Faix
      Pages: 83–8 - 83–8
      Abstract: This conference report provides an overview of conference sessions related to misinformation and source evaluation at LOEX 2022.
      PubDate: 2022-12-02
      DOI: 10.11645/16.2.3229
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
  • LOEX 2022: A focus on assessment

    • Authors: Sarah Norrell
      Pages: 86–8 - 86–8
      PubDate: 2022-12-02
      DOI: 10.11645/16.2.3280
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
  • LOEX 2022: A focus on design justice and community care

    • Authors: Jade Marie Squires
      Pages: 89–9 - 89–9
      PubDate: 2022-12-02
      DOI: 10.11645/16.2.3271
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
  • Book review of Lloyd, A. 2021. The qualitative landscape of information
           literacy research

    • Authors: Jennifer Julie Brotherton
      Pages: 93–9 - 93–9
      PubDate: 2022-12-02
      DOI: 10.11645/16.2.3282
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
  • Book review of Hosier, A. 2022. Using context in information literacy

    • Authors: Christina M Flood
      Pages: 95–9 - 95–9
      PubDate: 2022-12-02
      DOI: 10.11645/16.2.3298
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2022)
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