The Qualitative Landscape of Information Literacy Research: Perspectives, Methods and Techniques

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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.

The Qualitative Landscape of Information Literacy Research: Perspectives, Methods and Techniques 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 a social science researcher based at the Department of Information Studies, University College London (UCL). Internationally, Annemaree has held a professorial post at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS), University of Borås, and is visiting professor at the School of Computing and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde. Prior to that, Annemaree worked at the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia. She is engaged with theoretical and empirical work associated with the development of information practice, information literacy theory and landscape methodology across a number of fields. In the workplace, her research has focused on the experience of learning working practice and performance; in the area of refugee and forced migration her research has focused on the impact of information literacy on social inclusion and transition; in the health information field, Annemaree has explored nurses' workplace learning and health literacy in relation to refugee knowledge construction and information practices of people with chronic illness. Annemaree is the author of Information Literacy Landscapes: Information Literacy in Education, Workplace and Everyday Contexts (2010) and has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on information literacy theory and practice.

"This is the book that information literacy researchers and practitioners have been waiting for – a clear yet fabulously comprehensive guide to information literacy research that has been written by one of the most influential scholars in the field ... If you have ever been frustrated by superficial or checklist approaches to information literacy research, then this is the book for you: Lloyd has produced a real tour de force that will be influencing the field for many years to come.”
— Alison Hicks, Assistant Professor, University College London