We’re very pleased that we have successfully finished the Information literacy for democratic engagement (IL-DEM) project. You are very welcome to download and read the IL-DEM stakeholder report. Alternatively, here’s a short summary of IL-DEM’s rationale, methods and findings:
I attended Understanding Digital Policy in mid-December, on behalf of the Centre for Social Informatics. This unconference, initiated by Professor Simeon Yates, leader of the ESRC’s Ways of Being in a Digital Age scoping review, was created to tackle two complementary questions:
- How is policy shaping the uptake and use of Digital Media and Technologies?
- How are Digital Media and Technologies shaping policy making and policy implementation?
IL-DEM data collection is in full swing! We’ve interviewed 18 community councillors and are about halfway through transcribing the interviews. (We’re gathering data by other means too for this project, but we’ll talk about them in later blog posts.)
We haven’t yet begun to code and analyse the interview data rigorously, but for now here are some cherry-picked highlights of the ‘story so far’. Most participants have recognised that they have information-training needs of some kind – one even referred to the Pyramid hierarchy of skills – so here we focus on training.
(Originally posted on Professor Hazel Hall’s website on 2 December 2016)
The Centre for Social Informatics is currently undertaking a project entitled Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM). Supported by a grant from the CILIP Information Literacy Group, our work investigates levels of digital and information literacy within Scotland’s Community Council system.
Specifically Peter Cruickshank, Dr Bruce Ryan and I are exploring how community councillors develop the skills required to inform and engage with the citizens that they represent, and how libraries support this work. In doing so we’re extending two established research streams within the Centre for Social Informatics: Cruickshank and Ryan’s work on digital engagement in local democracy (such as our DigiCC workshops), and mine with Christine Irving on information literacy and life-long learning. This work also builds upon our group’s track record in library and information science research.