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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.)
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Peter Cruickshank‘s presentation on our paper Practices of community representatives in exploiting information channels for citizen engagement is available from his slideshare site. This presentation, delivered at , was based on some of our work for the information: interactions and impact IL-DEM project. Peter discusses:
what community councils and who community councillors are; why they are interesting; how this motivates our research
a necessarily brief history of information literacy (IL); the recent-ish
SCONUL model of IL; and Activity Theory (Wikipedia) how we did the research; and our findings, set out in order of the SCONUL pillars:
about how community councillors learn about their roles.
For example, it was noticeable how few stepped far from the information and training provided by local authorities. (There are issues with that – see the next blog post.)
about how they keep up to date with local issues, and gather information on citizens’ opinions. (The latter is their
main statutory duty.)
For example, planning to fill information gaps lacks rigour, and there are noticeable variations in information-gathering practices.
But information-gathering and sharing can help build much-needed
social capital (Wikipedia) how Activity Theory can help explain these ‘broken pillars’
some thoughts on IL as a measurement and explanation tool
We are grateful to
CILIP‘s Information Literacy Group for funding this research, and to the organisers of i3 for this opportunity to publicise our work.
Centre for Social Informatics presentations at i3 are showcased on Hazel Hall’s blog-post.
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We’re very pleased that we have successfully finished the
(IL-DEM) project. You are very welcome to download and read the Information literacy for democratic engagement IL-DEM stakeholder report. Alternatively, here’s a short summary of IL-DEM’s rationale, methods and findings:
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The IL-DEM project is designed to answer three research questions which
Bruce set out in his post on 23 October. This post is our chance to start exploring elements of the second question:
What are the relationships between (1) information behaviours, (2) literacies (skills and capabilities), (3) resources, and (4) knowledge and experience, in the acquisition of information literacy amongst Community Councillors?