Where is search in Information Literacy: A Theoretical Note on Infrastructure and Community of Practice

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In this conceptual paper theory of infrastructure is combined with one of situated learning, with a focus on search and search engines. The aim of the paper is to make a theoretical contribution to the information literacy research field by discussing theoretical contradictions as well as strengths when combining the two theoretical perspectives. Search engines and their use are part of the contemporary information infrastructure and are a such often not thought of when being used. It is argued that a critical perspective on information literacy in relation to search seems to demand that they are treated as situated and general at the same time. The paper concludes that sociomaterial perspectives on information literacy research offers both infrastructures and practices a place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Digital Communities
Subtitle of host publication15th International Conference, iConference 2020, Boras, Sweden, March 23–26, 2020, Proceedings
EditorsAnneli Sundqvist, Gerd Berget, Jan Nolin, Kjell Ivar Skjerdingstad
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)9783030436872
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-43686-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventiConference 2020: Sustainable digital communities - Borås, Sweden
Duration: 2020 Mar 232020 Mar 26

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceiConference 2020
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Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Information Studies


  • Information literacy
  • Infrastructures
  • Situated learning
  • Search engines


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