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Becoming a competent weaver: information literacy practice of the weavers of the Bonwire Kente Centre in Ghana

Franklin Gyamfi Agyemang (St. Joseph's College of Education, Bechem, Ghana)
Nicoline Wessels (Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)
Madely Du Preez (Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 6 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study examines what constitutes competence and how a novice becoming a competent weaver is enabled by information literacy in the fabric-weavers’ workplace landscape.

Design/methodology/approach

Ethnography as a research design was employed using participant observation and semi-structured interviews as the data collection techniques.

Findings

Competence constitutes the demonstration of Kente knowledge and mentorship capability enabled by information literacy through access to the on-the-loom and off-the-loom information in the Kente-weaving landscape.

Research limitations/implications

This study explains how the transition from a novice weaver to a competent weaver is underpinned by information literacy.

Originality/value

This is one of the first studies that contribute to the understanding of information literacy in the craft workplace. The study proposes a framework for weavers' information literacy practice.

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Citation

Agyemang, F.G., Wessels, N. and Du Preez, M. (2022), "Becoming a competent weaver: information literacy practice of the weavers of the Bonwire Kente Centre in Ghana", Journal of Documentation, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-07-2022-0159

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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