Alternatives to Being Information Literate

Isto Huvila

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In contrast to the relative abundance of conceptualisations of information literacy, the earlier research has placed considerably less attention on its alternatives. The findings show that there are shades of being less and non-literate beyond a mere lack of necessary skills or engagement in inappropriate practices. Information illiteracy can be experienced as a problem but it can also represent a conscious choice for delimiting and organising information practices. From a theoretical and practical perspective, this study suggests that both information literacies and information illiteracies should be taken into account in information literacy research and education, and when developing and deploying information systems and services to compensate for the lack of literacies.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationInformation Literacy in the Workplace
EditorsSerap Kurbanoğlu, Joumana Boustany, Sonja Špiranec, Esther Grassian, Diane Mizrachi, Loriene Roy
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-74334-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-74333-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean Conference on Information Literacy 2017 - 5th European Conference, ECIL 2017, Saint Malo, France,
Duration: 18 Sep 201721 Sep 2017


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Information Literacy 2017

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