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Information Literacy as a joint competence shaped by everyday life and workplace roles amongst Scottish community councillors

Cruickshank, Peter; Hall, Hazel; Ryan, Bruce


Hazel Hall


*Introduction: This paper addresses the information practices of hyperlocal democratic representatives, and their acquisition and application of information literacy skills.

*Method: 1034 Scottish community councillors completed an online questionnaire on the information-related activities they undertake as part of their voluntary roles, and the development of supporting competencies. The questions related to: information needs for community council work; preparation and onward dissemination of information gathered; factors that influence community councillors’ abilities to conduct their information-related duties.

*Analysis: Data were summarised for quantitative analysis using Microsoft Excel. Free text responses were analysed in respect of the themes from the quantitative analysis and literature.

*Results: Everyday life and workplace roles are perceived as the primary shapers of information literacy as a predominantly joint competence.

*Conclusion: The focus of information literacy development has traditionally been the contribution of formal education, yet this study reveals that prior employment, community and family roles are perceived as more important to the acquisition of relevant skills amongst this group. This widens the debate as to the extent to which information literacy is specific to particular contexts. This adds to arguments that information literacy may be viewed as a collective accomplishment dependant on a socially constructed set of practices.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (published)
Conference Name ISIC 2020 The Information Behaviour Conference
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2020
Publication Date 2020-12
Deposit Date Jun 1, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 31, 2020
Print ISSN 1368-1613
Publisher University of Borås, Information Research
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 4 (supplement)
Keywords collaboration, community organisations, context, decision making, democracy, everyday life, information literacy, workplace studies
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