In this project, Bruce, Marina and Peter are investigating three main research questions:.
- What is the core research that investigates the role IL plays for different user groups in society?
- According to this core research, what are the barriers to and enablers of shaping information literate populations?
- What research methodologies in this core research are most effective at delivering impact/social change, and why?
Firstly, database searches led to 4627 items. These were then classified using the CILIP definition of information literacy. (Some items did not fit into any of these categories. Others fitted into more than one category.)
|‘CILIP class’||Meaning||Number of items|
|Everyday life||different groups in society, e.g. communities or generational groups + public libraries + lifelong learning. Also used as a ‘catch-all’ for items that clearly covered IL but did not even hint at any social group or ‘CILIP classification’||356|
|Citizenship||usual citizenship themes||118|
|Education||MOOCs, flipped classrooms, assessment tools, students’ perceptions and skills, academic libraries, faculty-librarian collaborations, graduate employability||2825|
|Workplace||different professions’ IL skills||296|
|Health||health & well-being (including lifestyle papers on e.g. diet management, pregnancy)||378|
|None||Items that did not fit into the above ‘CILIP classifications’||1131|
The ‘education’ results were then sub-classified into ‘tertiary’ (1993 items), ‘secondary’ (127 items), ‘primary’ (55 items) and ‘not specified/more than one subclass’ (650 items). Hence one of the immediate findings is that IL research focuses especially on secondary education. So it is likely that IL research has most impact on society via education/training of professionals such as teachers and medical practitioners.
Shortlists for each class and subclass have been created, and each shortlist item has been assessed for significance, quality and rigour, using the method from the information literacy impact framework (ILIF) project.
Lessons from the top-scoring items in each class and subclass are currently being gathered, and will be reported to MILA around the end of September. Bruce, Marina and Peter will then look forward to publishing the findings. Meanwhile, anyone attending ECIL2023 should look out for Marina’s ILIF presentation!
(beaver image by Andrew Patrick, via Pixels)