eLiteracy or information literacy: which concept should we prefer?

Nicholas Joint (Editor, Library Review)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Publication date: 1 December 2005



To give a comparative analysis of the validity of the concepts of eLiteracy (eL) and Information Literacy (IL).


A purely abstract, conceptual discussion.


That eLiteracy and Information Literacy are different but mutually compatible concepts with validity within specific contexts.

Research limitations/implications

An entirely abstract discussion of theoretical descriptions.

Practical implications

By defining concepts clearly, this paper attempts to inform and clarify the framework for practical LIS research.


In contrast to other discussions (which tend to focus either on eLiteracy, or on Information Literacy) this editorial squarely addresses criticism of the eL concept in comparison to IL. It sets out the difference with IL and recognises the strength of both ideas, as long as they are each applied within their appropriate frame of reference.



Joint, N. (2005), "eLiteracy or information literacy: which concept should we prefer?", Library Review, Vol. 54 No. 9, pp. 505-507. https://doi.org/10.1108/00242530510629506

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