We’re pleased that our submission on the results of IL-DEM project made to information: interactions and impact (I3) has been accepted. Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Social Informatics will be strongly represented at this conference, which takes place in Aberdeen in June.
Our i3 presentation will cover a range of findings including the means by which community councillors learn about their roles, and how they discover and share information about local issues. These results derive from our investigations based on SCONUL’s 7-pillars model of information literacy (PDF).
We have reported practical aspects of our results in our Stakeholder Report for the IL-DEM project. At I3 we look forward to reporting the results in an academic context. We also plan to extend the I3 presentation as a full journal article for submission to the Journal of Library and Information Science.
We’ve also learnt that our abstract on our use of Activity Theory as a data-analysis tool has been accepted for the 2017 European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL). This conference takes place in St Malo, France in September. It is also our intention to develop this second conference paper into a more substantial output. We’ll blog details of this in due course.
The online survey for the second Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement project has been running for about three weeks now. We intend to keep it live for another week, so we can’t say anything about what community councillors have told us – yet! However, we can say there are some interesting patterns in how people tackled the survey.
As of Saturday (25th March) evening, 747 people had completed the survey. We want as many people as possible to take the survey, so if you’re a community councillor who hasn’t taken the survey yet, please click here. It may be slightly complex to complete all questions but it really should only take about 15 minutes, and you’ll be contributing to a major piece of work contributing to knowledge of practical ways to support community council work. If you’re not a community councillor, please pass on this link to any you know: https://survey.napier.ac.uk/n/LILDEM.aspx. Continue reading
Our survey investigating community councillors’ information literacy is now live. If you are a community councillor, please go to https://survey.napier.ac.uk/n/LILDEM.aspx to take the survey. If you’re not a community councillor, please pass on this link to any community councillors you know.
As we said in a previous post, we are very pleased that we successfully finished the IL-DEM project. We’re even more pleased that we have just started a follow-up project called LIL-DEM (longitudinal information literacy for democratic engagement). This will also investigate community councillors’ information literacy, but it will sharply focus on the interaction of SCONUL’s information literacy pillars and life-roles that are likely to affect development of information literacy. Continue reading
This post was written by Bruce Ryan and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of his colleagues or anyone else.
Beneath all the current brouhaha about Brexit, interesting goings-on in the White House, and struggles between ‘populists’ and the ‘old guard’, it’s fairly clear that there is room for improvement in the ways we do politics. In most democracies, representation is the main model: the people choose representatives who make laws and govern. In a purely representative democracy, citizens would have no part in law-making or government except via elections. Continue reading