Digital Literacy Unpacked

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  • About the Authors

This book brings together a wide range of diverse perspectives on digital and information literacy that provide a comprehensive blend of theory and practice for library and information professionals.

Digital Literacy Unpacked demonstrates the importance of digital literacy in all areas of life, the centrality of critical thinking (a key element of both digital and information literacy), and the essential role of library and information professionals in leading digital literacy developments. It highlights the partnerships needed to deliver excellence and presents case studies from a range of practitioners world-wide.

Includes coverage of:

  • approaches to digital literacy, including a discussion of terminology, institutional approaches, and existing frameworks;
  • an overview of digital literacy in HE and examples of good practice;
  • openness and digital literacy with a discussion of OERs and MOOCs;
  • the myth of digital natives;
  • developing digital capabilities for staff;
  • professional development for librarians; and
  • digital inclusion and lifelong employability in a digital world.

The book will be useful reading for library and information professionals across the sector (FE, HE, schools, business/corporate, special, public), institutional leaders and managers, and LIS students. It will also be useful reading for educational technologists, learning and teaching professionals, and anyone with an interest in developing digital and information literacy capabilities in their students, teachers and customers.

Part 1. Approaching digital literacy

1. Defining digital literacy 
2. The trouble with terminology 
3. Institutional approaches to digital literacy 
4. Partnerships for success 
5. Approaching learning in a digital environment through threshold concepts 
6. Frameworks for digital literacy 

Part 2. Learning in a digital world

7. Librarians as leaders and mediators of digital / information literacy 
8. Developing students’ digital literacy 
9. Developing students’ digital literacy: the role of digital environments for teaching IL 
10. The myth of digital natives 
11. Openness and digital literacy 
12. Embedding digital / information literacy
13. Engaging learners through gamification

Part 3. Developing staff digital capabilities

14. Digital capabilities for staff 
15. Developing academic staff digital literacies through the curriculum  
16. CreativeHE 
17. Professional development for librarians 
18. Transforming practice in schools through OERs 

Part 4. Digital citizens and workers

19. Digital inclusion 
20. Digital government 
21. Lifelong employability in a digital world
22. Changing the world through digital literacy  


Katharine Reedy

Katharine Reedy teaches at Open University, UK.

Jo Parker

Jo Parker is the Information Literacy Unit Manager at the Open University Library.