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Information Services and Digital Literacy: In search of the boundaries of knowing

Publication Type:

Book

Authors:

Isto Huvila

Source:

Chandos, Oxford (2012)

ISBN:

1843346834

URL:

http://www.woodheadpublishing.com/en/book.aspx?bookID=2629&ChandosTitle=1

Abstract:

Information Services and Digital Literacy is about the role of information services and digital literacies in the age of the social web. This title provides an alternative perspective for understanding information services and digital literacy, and argues that a central problem in the age of the social web and the culture of participation is that we do not know the premises of how we know, and how ways of interacting with information affect our actions and their outcomes. Information seeking is always a question of crossing and expanding boundaries between our earlier experiences and the unknown. We may not yet be well enough acquainted with the landscape of digital information to understand how we know, where the boundaries to our knowledge lie, how to cross them, and what consequences our actions may have. This title consists of eight chapters. Following an introduction, chapters include: Knowing what we know; Information services and digital literacy; Technologies of abundance; The culture of participation; The ‘new’ user; Information; and Information services and digital literacy as boundary objects.

Body: 

The book has been reviewed by Lynn Allardyce Irvine in Library Review, Vol. 62 Iss: 6/7 http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/LR-04-2013-0052, Michelle McLean in the The Australian Library Journal, Vol. 63, Iss: 1, pp. 64-65. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049670.2013.878275 and Jane Mansfield in the Journal of Information Literacy, 7(1), pp.107-108. http://dx.doi.org/10.11645/7.1.1823.

Information Services and Digital Literacy provides an alternative perspective for understanding information services and digital literacy, and argues that a central problem in the age of the social web and the culture of participation is that we do not know the premises of how we know, and how ways of interacting with information affect our actions and their outcomes.

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Taking Health Information Behaviour into Account: implications of a neglected element for success- ful implementation of consumer health technologies on older adults (HIBA) is an Academy of Finland funded research project at Åbo Akademi University.

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ARKDIS project maps the implications and opportunities of the digitalisation of information and information work in the domain of archaeology and to develop and evaluate conceptual and practical methods and procedures for enhancing archaeological information work in the digitalised environment.

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