Negotiations on information-seeking expertise: A study of web-based tutorials for information literacy

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Negotiations on information-seeking expertise: A study of web-based tutorials for information literacy. / Sundin, Olof.

In: Journal of Documentation, Vol. 64, No. 1, 2008, p. 24-44.

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T1 - Negotiations on information-seeking expertise: A study of web-based tutorials for information literacy

AU - Sundin, Olof

PY - 2008

Y1 - 2008

N2 - Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show how different approaches to information literacy, such as are mediated through web-based tutorials, are used as tools in negotiating the information-seeking expertise of university librarians. Design/methodology/approach – A textual analysis of 31 web-based Scandinavian tutorials for information literacy has been conducted. The similarities and differences identified are analysed as linguistic expressions of different approaches to information literacy. The approaches are seen as constructions based on a dialogue between the empirical data and the theoretical departure points. Findings – Four approaches to information literacy emerge in the results: a source approach, a behaviour approach, a process approach, and a communication approach. The approaches entail different perspectives on information literacy. They impart diverging understandings of key concepts such as “information”, “information seeking” and the “user”. Practical implications – A reflective awareness of different approaches to information literacy is important for both researchers and LIS practitioners, since the approaches that come into play have practical consequences for the operation of user education. Originality/value – The present study supplements the information literacy research field by combining empirical findings with theoretical reflections.

AB - Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show how different approaches to information literacy, such as are mediated through web-based tutorials, are used as tools in negotiating the information-seeking expertise of university librarians. Design/methodology/approach – A textual analysis of 31 web-based Scandinavian tutorials for information literacy has been conducted. The similarities and differences identified are analysed as linguistic expressions of different approaches to information literacy. The approaches are seen as constructions based on a dialogue between the empirical data and the theoretical departure points. Findings – Four approaches to information literacy emerge in the results: a source approach, a behaviour approach, a process approach, and a communication approach. The approaches entail different perspectives on information literacy. They impart diverging understandings of key concepts such as “information”, “information seeking” and the “user”. Practical implications – A reflective awareness of different approaches to information literacy is important for both researchers and LIS practitioners, since the approaches that come into play have practical consequences for the operation of user education. Originality/value – The present study supplements the information literacy research field by combining empirical findings with theoretical reflections.

KW - Information research

KW - Librarianship

KW - Information literacy

U2 - 10.1108/00220410810844141

DO - 10.1108/00220410810844141

M3 - Review article

VL - 64

SP - 24

EP - 44

JO - Journal of Documentation

JF - Journal of Documentation

SN - 0022-0418

IS - 1

ER -