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.
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. 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.
List of figures and tables List of abbreviations Acknowledgements Preface About the authors About the contributors Part 1: Overview Chapter 1: Background to information policy: a brief historical introduction Abstract: Chapter 2: Information literacy policy within the wider context of information policy Abstract 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 Abstract: The United States and Australia Germany 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-yearsaEURO (TM) issue Abstract: 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 Abstract: 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 Abstract: Introduction Background 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 Conclusion 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 Abstract: Introduction 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 Abstract: 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 Funding Physical space Examples of good practice Learning and teaching issues Summary of the chapter Chapter 9: Value and impact Abstract What is impact? Indicators and guidelines Measuring impact at a national level Methods of data collection Quantitative methods Qualitative methods Observation Focus groups Interviewing Resources 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 Abstract A review of issues What is to be done? References Index