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Information literacy in higher education: What is Information Literacy?

Inspirational resources for those of you who teaches within the Social Sciences Faculty at Lund University. How can an intentional use of information create and influence learning in your subject discipline?

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is a term used within the research area of library and information science and in some cases within higher education. There are numerous definitions of the concept, in an academic context one might use a very fundamental definition such as "the search, appraisal, and use of information" or one might elaborate:

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education ACRL, 2016)

Selected reading in Swedish

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

Current research

Dawes, L. (2019). Through Faculty's Eyes: Teaching Threshold Concepts and the Framework. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 19(1): 127-153.

Dawes, L. (2019). Faculty perceptions of teaching information literacy to first-year students: A phenomenographic study, Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, 51(2): 545-560. DOI: 1177/0961000617726129.