Information Literacy Research: Core Approaches and Methods

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Item Number: 
978-1-78330-405-9
Published: 
2021
Publisher: 
Facet Publishing, UK
Pages: 
256
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
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Softcover
  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • About the Author

Information literacy has become established as a core research topic in the library and information science field. An extensive range of research has been undertaken and there is a burgeoning corpus of literature created by academic researchers, library practitioners, and other researchers who explore information literacy through their own disciplinary lens. Investigations into information literacy have drawn from a variety of methodologies and applied a range of methods and techniques to explore information literacy as it is enacted in a wide range of contexts.

Information Literacy Research describes this research landscape, identifying the core qualitative approaches applied in the research of information literacy and less used or innovative applications. To achieve balance, the book also addresses, but to a lesser extent, quantitative and mixed method approaches to information literacy research. The book identifies key theories, methodologies and methods that have been used to shape our knowledge of information literacy and the approaches we apply to its investigation. The central aim of the book is to develop and support readers understanding of how information literacy research and teaching is framed, developed and produced. In each chapter, key examples are given about how theory, types of pedagogical frameworks, methods, and tools have been used. Coverage includes

  • situating information literacy research;
  • informing information literacy research;
  • framing information literacy pedagogy;
  • qualitative methods;
  • quantitative and mixed method approaches;
  • data collection;
  • planning for research; and
  • evaluating information literacy research.

This book will be of value to researchers already engaged in researching the information literacy landscape; for students who are developing or undertaking research or simply interested in identifying approaches to information literacy; and practitioners who want to investigate the practice of information literacy to create an evidence base to support information literacy in their workplaces or institutions. Practitioners and students who are new to information literacy research and its application will find this book a useful tool to help them evaluate existing information literacy research.

Preface - The qualitative landscape of information literacy research.

Chapter 1 - Situating information literacy research

Chapter 2 - Informing information literacy research.

Chapter 3 - Framing information literacy as an educational practice for research. Learning theories and models

Chapter 4 - Qualitative methods in information literacy research

Chapter 5 - Collecting data about information literacy: Data collection techniques

Chapter 6 - Planning for research

Chapter 7 - Qualitatively Speaking and doing Information Literacy

Annemaree Lloyd

Annemaree Lloyd is an experienced researcher and leader in the information literacy field. She is a researcher based at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Boräs, Sweden and a visiting Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Scotland. She has written over 60 refereed articles, published one book (The Information Literacy Landscape, 2010) and edited two books, Practising Information Literacy: Bringing Theories of Practice, Information and Learning Together (Lloyd & Talja, Centre for Information Studies) and Exploring Methods in Information Literacy Research (ed.,Lipu, Williamson and Lloyd 2007, Centre for Information Studies).

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