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Introduction — Information Literacy and Information Behaviour, Complementary Approaches for Building Capability

Developing People’s Information Capabilities: Fostering Information Literacy in Educational, Workplace and Community Contexts

ISBN: 978-1-78190-766-5, eISBN: 978-1-78190-767-2

ISSN: 1876-0562

Publication date: 1 September 2014

Abstract

This chapter gives a general overview of the book, indicates the rich diversity of information literacy (IL) and information behaviour (IB) work carried out and is organised into four broad areas moving from the strategic to the highly contextualised. The four areas are specifically: strategic view; delivering information literacy education; the link between university and work; beyond higher education. The approach for each chapter is summarised. This chapter also examines the inter-related nature of the concepts of information literacy and information behaviour. It shows how these ideas are contextualised, theorised and researched. The authors argue that far from being conflicting approaches to the same problem of information capability, they are, in fact, complementary. Though these are epistemologically different both have much to offer in terms of explanation and also as tools for fostering information capability. The history of information literacy and information behaviour is overviewed and their inter-relation explored. It is argued that information literacy can be viewed as the practitioners’ model for delivering information capability whilst information behaviour, being more research focussed, explains it. A diagram is presented at the end of the chapter which helps to highlight and summarise the distinctions and similarities between IB and IL research.

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Hepworth, M. and Walton, G. (2014), "Introduction — Information Literacy and Information Behaviour, Complementary Approaches for Building Capability", Developing People’s Information Capabilities: Fostering Information Literacy in Educational, Workplace and Community Contexts (Library and Information Science, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1876-0562(2013)0000008005

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