Journal Cover Library and Information Research
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   ISSN (Print) 0141-6561 - ISSN (Online) 1756-1086
   Published by CILIP Homepage  [2 journals]
  • Ageing and information: The Scottish older people’s movement

    • Authors: Bill Johnston
      Abstract: The author’s role as the chair of a charity – Scottish Senior’s Alliance (SSA), provides insights into the need for Scotland to further develop information resources and services relevant to ageing and older peoples needs, and to design systems to make that information accessible to: policy makers; service providers; media organisations; older people’s organisations; and older people. The author’s perspective is of an insider in the context of a notional ‘older people’s movement’ committed to improving the circumstances, experiences and capacity of older people to sustain themselves and contribute to their communities. The author also has a long-standing academic interest in teaching, researching and advocating for Information Literacy. Themes include: trends in ageing populations; socio economic changes and policy challenges; portrayal of older people in the media. Proposals include: development of Information Literacy (IL) in relation older people; aligning IL developments to a politically strategic approach to ageing and older people’s interests in Scotland.
      PubDate: 2016-12-13
      Issue No: Vol. 40 (2016)
  • Information literacy as a tool to support political participation

    • Authors: Lauren N Smith
      Abstract: Recent political events have raised the profile of information literacy as a potential tool for supporting informed political participation. This article emphasises the importance of supporting political engagement through information provision and information literacy development, drawing on findings from two research projects to discuss what information needs young people have in relation to political engagement and identify some examples of work taking place in Scottish school libraries to help young people develop political knowledge and feel able to participate meaningfully in democratic processes. Some of the main barriers to libraries engaging with this work are also discussed.
      PubDate: 2016-12-13
      Issue No: Vol. 40 (2016)
  • Does dyslexia present barriers to information literacy in an online
           environment? A pilot study

    • Authors: Lynne Cole, Andrew MacFarlane, George Buchanan
      Abstract: The skills and attributes required to become information literate have not been analysed from the perspective of information users with cognitive disabilities, such as dyslexia and this research seeks to begin to address this gap in the literature. The results of a pilot study involving fourteen participants, seven dyslexic and seven non-dyslexic adults, are reported here. Participants were interviewed and their online information searching behaviour was observed through the collection of screen recording diaries over the completion period of one higher education assignment. Within the dyslexic group, difficulties were reported and observed in the areas of keyword creation, use of appropriate tools to refine and expand searches and the evaluation of sources. The dyslexics' group low self-efficacy in many of the skills associated with information literacy was discovered to be a notable barrier.
      PubDate: 2016-12-13
      Issue No: Vol. 40 (2016)
  • Information literacy development in a small country: A practical

    • Authors: John Crawford
      Abstract: The article reviews aspects of information literacy activity in Scotland focusing on policy development and the extent to which this has been successful. It reviews briefly the work of the Scottish Information Literacy Project (2004-2010) and describes the activity of its successor body, The Right Information, Information Skills for a 21st Century Scotland (2012-to date). A literature review is included to inform performance criteria which can be used to assess the success of the work. The strategy of using Scottish Government and information professional policy documents to inform information literacy policy making is described. Engagement with other professions with an interest in information literacy is found to be essential and the problems identified in engaging with Scottish Government ministers and civil servants are discussed. Although the Right Information has engaged successfully with the information and other professions in Scotland resourcing and the Scottish Government's emphasis on digital literacy at the expense of information literacy has proved to be a problem
      PubDate: 2016-12-13
      Issue No: Vol. 40 (2016)
  • Between digital inclusion and social equality: The role of public
           libraries in Newcastle upon Tyne

    • Authors: Maria Laura Ruiu, Massimo Ragnedda
      Abstract: This paper is based on findings obtained from a qualitative research on the role of public library service in reducing digital inequalities in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Newcastle upon Tyne. Semi-structured interviews with four libraries’ staff members, direct observation during ordinary activities and events organised by libraries aimed to explore both the role played by public libraries in reducing digital inequalities and the current challenges that these actors face to promote digital and social equality. On the one hand, it identifies positive impacts produced by the public libraries through digital education and digital infrastructures on disadvantaged neighbourhoods; on the other, it identifies some barriers experienced by public library authorities in providing such services.
      PubDate: 2016-12-13
      Issue No: Vol. 40 (2016)
  • Information literacy and information seeking of public sector managers in
           the Welsh Government

    • Authors: Elizabeth Tait, Robert Edwards
      Abstract: This paper presents an empirical investigation of information seeking and information literacy of public sector managers in the Welsh Government. A series of 23 two-stage interviews were conducted with managers from a range of grades and departments to determine the levels of awareness and use of the Knowledge and Analytical Services (KAS) and to evaluate information seeking and information literacy of public sector managers. Findings indicated that the managers engage with the information professionals within KAS when embarking on a major project such as developing new legislation or new policy. However, there was a general unfamiliarity with the full range of KAS activities and staff were more likely to seek information themselves when conducting preliminary research and for small scale information needs and that information literacy skills were limited. Our findings suggest that information literacy could be improved within the Welsh Government if services such as the KAS were more closely aligned with operational teams.
      PubDate: 2016-12-13
      Issue No: Vol. 40 (2016)
  • JACOBSEN, T. E. and MACKET, T. P. Metaliteracy in practice. London: Facet.

    • Authors: Helena Beeson
      PubDate: 2016-12-13
      Issue No: Vol. 40 (2016)
  • HERNON, P., ALTMAN, E., and DUGGAN, R.E. Assessing service quality:
           Satisfying the expectations of library customers. 3rd Ed. London: Facet.

    • Authors: Fay Dowding
      PubDate: 2016-12-13
      Issue No: Vol. 40 (2016)
  • SHOWERS, B. (ed.). Library analytics and metrics: Using data to drive
           decisions and services. London. Facet. 2015.

    • Authors: Penny Robertson
      PubDate: 2016-12-13
      Issue No: Vol. 40 (2016)
  • MALLERY, M. (ed.). Technology disaster response and recovery planning.
           London: Facet. 2015

    • Authors: Ioannis Soilemetzidis
      PubDate: 2016-12-13
      Issue No: Vol. 40 (2016)
  • Editorial: Strategic and policy making issues in information literacy

    • Authors: John Crawford
      PubDate: 2016-12-12
      Issue No: Vol. 40 (2016)
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