We demonstrate that community councillors engage with a range of information sources and tools in their work, the most important of which derives from local authorities. We highlight a number of ways in which community councillors could be better supported in their information use, and conclude with a set of recommendations that relate to (i) information literacy training; (ii) valuing information skills…
A paper written by Hazel, Peter Cruickshank and Bruce, addressing the question of network sustainability within a community of library and information science (LIS) researchers and practitioner researchers has now been accepted for publication in the Journal of Documentation. Please read more about it in Hazel’s blog post, or, if you would like to learn more about the results of this study, please email Hazel at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very pleased that we can release our report on the LIL-DEM project. This report is based on our initial examination of the data from a Scotland-wide online survey of community councillors. Please click the graphic on the left to access the report.
Over the next few weeks, we will explore some of the issues raised in this report, but for now we want to thank the 1300 community councillors who responded to the survey, the community councillors who helped publicise it, and the people who helped us refine the questions. (These include Improvement Service staff, colleagues here at Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Social Informatics, and some Edinburgh community councillors.)
We are very pleased to say that we will soon start a new project. This project, called More Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement, will delve deeper into the data gathered in the IL-DEM project. It will run from the end of September to December 2017. We thank Edinburgh Napier University’s Research and Innovation Office for funding this project.
We are delighted to welcome Lyndsey Jenkins to this project. Her statistics expertise will greatly enhance our data-exploration and hence the outcomes from this project.