Information Literacy: Suggested Readings for Higher Educators

Radomski, Natalie (1999). Implementing Information Literacy: Themes Issues and Future Direction, Support Centre for Effective Learning and Teaching and Information Services Branch, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia.
Reports a substantial and significant project targetted at curriculum integration of information literacy across Ballarat University. In his Foreword to the book Professor Phil Candy writes " This publication is the result of a year long project, originally funded through a grant from the former Committee for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. It demonstrates the University's commitment to information literacy as a major organising feature of its academic work and its commitment to the community."

Spitzer, Kathleen et al. (1998). Information Literacy: Essential Skills for the Information Age, ERIC Clearning house on Information & Technology, Syracuse, New York.
Patricia Breivik describes this monograph as the definitive publication on information literacy to date. Attempts a comprehensive review of the literature, particularly that emanating from the United States. Extensive examples of information literacy education in practice. Covers schools and higher education and the workplace.

Breivik, Patricia Senn (1998). Student Learning in the Information Age, American Council on Education, Higher Education Series, ORYX Press.
This volume examines the nature of information literacy, its relationship with resource-based learning, and strategies for bringing information literacy into higher education curriculum. It serves as a general overview to newcomers to the field, as a manual for educators wishing to implement IL programs, and as an advocacy tool for university adminstrators and lecturers alike. Essential Reading.

Booker, Di (Ed) (1998). Information Literacy: the Professional Issue. Proceedings of the 3rd National Australian Information Literacy Conference, Canberra, 8-9 Dec 1997, Adelaide, University of South Australia Library.
This volume focusses on information literacy in the workplace, bringing together papers describing research and educational initiatives in a number of countries including South Africa, New Zealand, United States and Singapore.

Bruce, Christine (1997). The Seven Faces of Information Literacy, Adelaide, AUSLIB Press.
This publication reproduces my doctoral thesis 'Information Literacy: a phenomenography. It examines the varying experience of information literacy amongst higher educators. Seven 'faces of information literacy' are described and a relational approach to information literacy and information literacy education is proposed. The monograph is available from the publisher AUSLIB Press :

Candy, Phil; Crebert, Gay, and O'Leary, Jane (1994). Developing Lifelong Learners Through Undergraduate Education, Higher Education Council, Australian Vice Chancellors' Committee, AGPS, Canberra.
A most important volume for higher educators interested in the role of information literacy in teaching and learning.

Farmer, D.W. and Mech, T.F. (eds)(1992). Information Literacy: Developing Students as Independent Learners, Series; New Direction for Higher Education, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, pp. 5-14.
This is an excellent title examining developments in information literacy in higher education, primarily in the United States. Chapters deal with accreditation of courses, influencing campus culture, barriers to information literacy and how to deal with them. See particularly:

  • Stanford, Lois (1992). `An academician's journey into information literacy' pp. 37-44.
  • Porter, J.R. (1992). `Natural partners: resource-based and integrative learning pp. 45-54.

Booker, Di (ed.) (1995). The Learning Link: Information Literacy in Practice, Auslib Press, Adelaide.
The first of what will hopefully be a multi-volume set of titles examining the application of the concept of information literacy in different Australian settings. There are a number of contributions from higher educators in sections headed `General issues', ` Policy and Promotion', `Information Literacy Programs', and `Staff Development'. Of special interest is an article by Richard Owen looking at the influence of information literacy amongst a group of people wanting to stop the building of the Hindmarsh Bridge.

Behrens, Shirley (1994). `A conceptual analysis and historical overview of information literacy', College and Research Libraries, vol. 55, pp. 309-22. Bruce,

Christine (1994a). Supervising literature reviews, in Quality in Postgraduate Education, edited by Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt and Yoni Ryan, Kogan Page, London.

Bruce, Christine (1994b). `Research students' early experiences of the dissertation literature review', Studies in Higher Education, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 217-229.

Bruce, C.S (1992). Developing Students' Library Research Skills, HERDSA Green Guide No 13., Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.

Bruce, C.S. and Candy, P.C. (1995). Developing information literate graduates: prompts for good practice, in Information Literacy in Practice, edited by Di Booker, AUSLIB Press.

Candy, Philip C. (1991). Self-Direction for Lifelong Learning, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

Doyle, Christine (1996). `Across the Curriculum: information literacy in the USA' in Learning for Life, Proceedings of the Second Australian Information Literacy Conference, edited by Di Booker, Auslib Press, Adelaide.

Hawes, Douglas K. (1994). `Information literacy and the business schools', Journal of Education for Business, vol.70, no. 1, pp. 54-61.

Kanter, J. (1995). `Computer-information literacy for senior management', Information Strategy: the Executive's Journal, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 6-12.

McClure, Charles (1994). Network literacy: a role for libraries? Information Technology and Libraries, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 115-125.

Petterson, Rune (1994). `Learning in the information age', Educational Technology, Research and Development, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 91-97.

Wurman, R.S. (1989). Information Anxiety, Doubleday, New York.
Much of the writing on information literacy is presently in the literature of library and information science. A search on information literacy or information skills in your favourite indexing service. eg. Engineering index, CINAHL is sure to reveal current contributions in your discipline. There are also many World Wide Websites which are being set up by libraries to teach the use of a range of information sources.

Prepared by Christine Bruce, School of Information Systems, Last Updated April 1999.

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