Information Studies


INSTG076 Advanced Information Literacy

The module considers the theory and practice of Information Literacy and associated topics such as Digital Scholarship from a library and information professional viewpoint. The recent history of information literacy (née bibliographic instruction) will provide context for a detailed review of theoretical models and practical approaches using real life examples from the wide information landscape. As the need for librarians to develop their teaching skills gathers apace, pedagogical approaches will be discussed and examined. A range of other skills and attributes (communicator, technician, networker, marketer, researcher) are also required for successful development and delivery of IL and the challenges arising from this will be investigated.

This course is designed and taught on the assumption that participants will be able to allocate approximately 3-4 hours of private study to it per week during the weeks in which is it taught, in addition to the 3 hours per week of scheduled lectures, plus extra hours for completion of the assessment.

Students taking this optional module will examine in detail the key issues from a professional perspective around information literacy as “Knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner” (CILIP, PKSB, 2012, p.28).

  • To provide a detailed knowledge understanding of the theory and practice of information literacy and associated areas
  • To identify and discuss the challenges presented by the lifelong learning nature of IL in a digital world.
  • To enable the development of appropriate skillsets of library and information professionals as central players in the delivery of IL in education, workplace and society

Guide programme

  • What is information literacy?
  • Theories and models of information literacy
  • Information literacy policy
  • Developing, delivering, and evaluating IL interventions
  • Up-skilling librarians
  • Pedagogy: teaching and training skills
  • Reading literacy and reader development, writing, numeracy and creativity
  • Supporting users
  • Researcher support and development
  • The wider information literacy landscape

Preliminary reading - there is no set text for this module. These general texts all contain appropriate materials. You may find them interchangeable and you do not need to read them all. The Introductory chapter of these texts should provide you with a useful initial guide to the subject.

  • Andretta, S. (2005). Information literacy : A practitioner's guide.  Oxford: Chandos.
  • Blanchett, H., Powis, C., & Webb, J. (2012). A guide to teaching information literacy : 101 practical tips. London: Facet.
  • Grassian, E. & Kaplowitz, J. (2009). Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Practice, 2nd Edn, New York: Neal-Schuman.
  • Secker, J., Boden, D., & Price, G. (2007). The information literacy cookbook : Ingredients, recipes and tips for success. Oxford: Chandos.

For a wide view of current thinking in this area take a look at the Journal of Information Literacy

Assessment: Assessment by coursework only
Optional for: MA Library and Information Studies. This module is also available for short course students.
Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this module
Taught by: Dr Charles Inskip
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