Information and digital literacies: a review of concepts

David Bawden (Department of Information Science, City University Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Publication date: 1 April 2001


The concepts of ‘information literacy’ and ‘digital literacy’ are described, and reviewed, by way of a literature survey and analysis. Related concepts, including computer literacy, library literacy, network literacy, Internet literacy and hyper‐literacy are also discussed, and their relationships elucidated. After a general introduction, the paper begins with the basic concept of ‘literacy’, which is then expanded to include newer forms of literacy, more suitable for complex information environments. Some of these, for example library, media and computer literacies, are based largely on specific skills, but have some extension beyond them. They lead togeneral concepts, such as information literacy and digital literacy which are based on knowledge, perceptions and attitudes, though reliant on the simpler skills‐based literacies



Bawden, D. (2001), "Information and digital literacies: a review of concepts", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 57 No. 2, pp. 218-259.

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