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Johansson, V. (2023). Critical Literacy and Critical Design. In: Hicks, Alison; Lloyd, Annemaree; Pilerot, Ola (Ed.), Information Literacy through Theory: (pp. 111-129). London: Facet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Critical Literacy and Critical Design
2023 (English)In: Information Literacy through Theory / [ed] Hicks, Alison; Lloyd, Annemaree; Pilerot, Ola, London: Facet , 2023, p. 111-129Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Facet, 2023
Keywords
critical design; critical literacy; information literacy
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-31078 (URN)9781783305896 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-12-23 Created: 2023-12-23 Last updated: 2024-01-08Bibliographically approved
Johansson, V. & Lindh, M. (2023). Limited knowledge and informal lobbying: internet regulation through content filters in Swedish public libraries. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 21(3), 243-258
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Limited knowledge and informal lobbying: internet regulation through content filters in Swedish public libraries
2023 (English)In: Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, ISSN 1477-996X, E-ISSN 1758-8871, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 243-258Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe and explore the current state of internet regulation through content filters in Swedish public libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

Data was collected through an electronic survey directed to library managers of Sweden’s 290 main municipal libraries. 164 answers were returned, yielding a 57% response rate. The analysis comprises descriptive statistics for quantitative data and an activity theory approach with focus on contradictions for qualitative counterparts.

Findings

In total, 33% of the responding libraries report having content filters; 50% have not; and a surprising 18% do not know. There is a strong correlation between internet misuse and positive attitudes towards filters, and, reversely, between lack of misuse and lack of active stances concerning filters. Rather than seeing this as weakness, the authors suggest that there is strength in a context-bound flexibility open to practical experience and weighting of values, ethics, legislation and local circumstances. More troublesome indications concern the high deferral of decision-making to local authorities (municipalities) whereby libraries are left with limited insight and influence.

Research limitations/implications

The situation calls for professional organisations to address political mandate questions, and educational programs to strengthen future information professionals’ knowledge of IT in general; filter issues in specific; and local authority decision-making. The study highlights the need of adequate information professional competences and mandates to decide on and oversee internet regulation.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first internationally published study on content filters in Swedish public libraries.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023
Keywords
activity theory, public libraries, survey, intellectual freedom, content filters, internet regulation
National Category
Information Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-29822 (URN)10.1108/jices-12-2022-0105 (DOI)000977934100001 ()2-s2.0-85158826518 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-05-19 Created: 2023-05-19 Last updated: 2024-02-01Bibliographically approved
Nonthacumjane, P. & Johansson, V. (2023). Shaping local information in Thailand: Hidden contradictions in the digitisation activities of the Provincial University Library Network (PULINET). Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 55(1), 246-258
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Shaping local information in Thailand: Hidden contradictions in the digitisation activities of the Provincial University Library Network (PULINET)
2023 (English)In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, ISSN 0961-0006, E-ISSN 1741-6477, Vol. 55, no 1, p. 246-258Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Local information (LI) in Thailand covers resources related to Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK), and cultural heritage. Thailand’s provincial universities have the national responsibility of digitising LI, enforced through the Provincial University Library Network’s (PULINET’s) Local Information Working Group (LIWG). The aim of this study is to explore how the LIWG’s digitisation activities contribute to the shaping of LI as national concern and resource. Empirical data come from interviews with 23 LIWG professionals in 2016–2017. A qualitative content analysis is performed within an overall activity theory framework with emphasis on overt and unobtrosive manifestations of contradictions through a combination of Engeström’s and Blackler’s typologies. The results show that primary contradictions exist in the form of incompatible conceptions of LI between individual group members and the group’s consensus-oriented LI definition. Secondary contradictions emerge as incongruences between group members’ general conceptions of LI, and specific digitisation activities of the LIWG. In general, LI is conceptualised as dynamic, situated, collective, culture-nature integrated resources with strong applied-use value, in line with international ILK definitions and agendas. The actual LIWG activities, however, circumscribe this conception through a restricted focus on formal regional delimitations; prominent objects; societally desirable expressions; and an academic/research framing. Overall, the findings illustrate that the LIWG’s activities contribute to shape LI as a tool for national social and cultural unity that exclude marginalised groups and societally undesirable LI expressions. In these activities, the primary and secondary types of contradictions are hidden and counteracted, rather than used as constructive opportunities for learning, change, and development. The study provides a unique, internationally framed, perspective on LI and related digitisation activities in Thailand. Methodologically, the study is case specific, limited to a cross-section in time and to data from interview accounts of LIWG members.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2023
Keywords
activity theory, cultural heritage, digitisation, Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK), local wisdom, Thailand
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-29192 (URN)10.1177/09610006221143101 (DOI)000905599100001 ()2-s2.0-85145191031 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-01-09 Created: 2023-01-09 Last updated: 2024-01-16Bibliographically approved
Hicks, A., Pilerot, O., Coelho Bezerra, A., Haider, J., Hirvonen, N., Johansson, V. & Schneider,, M. (2023). Theorising Information Literacy: Opportunities and Constraints. In: Doherty, G. (Ed.), Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology: . Paper presented at 86th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 27-31 October 2023, London, UK (pp. 789-792). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 60
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Theorising Information Literacy: Opportunities and Constraints
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2023 (English)In: Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology / [ed] Doherty, G., Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2023, Vol. 60, p. 789-792Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Information literacy research is growing in importance but has been critiqued for remaining focused on practical topics of interest and attainment approaches to practice. Prior attempts to conceptualise information literacy have also often taken place without a comprehensive understanding of the ontological or epistemological foundations of theoretical work. The aim of this panel is to critically examine theory development and use within information literacy research through discussing the ways in which understandings of information literacy, including how it happens and how it shapes social life, are both enabled and constrained through critical, sociomaterial and discursive theoretical approaches. Providing a space to discuss and reflect on the impact of theory on information literacy scholarship, this panel creates a focal point for researchers, practitioners and students interested in the constructionand advancement of conceptually rich information literacy research and practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2023
Series
Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, ISSN 2373-9231, E-ISSN 2373-9231
Keywords
Information literacy, theory, theoretical Frameworks, theory Development
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-30687 (URN)10.1002/pra2.862 (DOI)2-s2.0-85174804532 (Scopus ID)
Conference
86th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 27-31 October 2023, London, UK
Available from: 2023-10-27 Created: 2023-10-27 Last updated: 2024-02-01Bibliographically approved
Johansson, V. (2022). Information experiences and practices of COVID longhaulers in Sweden. In: Experiential Information, Body, and Authority. Panel, by N. Hirvonen, L. Engström, A. Huttunen, V. Johansson & A-M. Multas: . Paper presented at CoLIS: 11th International Conference on the Conceptions of Library and Information Science, Oslo, May 29-June 1, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Information experiences and practices of COVID longhaulers in Sweden
2022 (English)In: Experiential Information, Body, and Authority. Panel, by N. Hirvonen, L. Engström, A. Huttunen, V. Johansson & A-M. Multas, 2022Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
data studies; health information; information practices; legitimation theory;
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-28259 (URN)
Conference
CoLIS: 11th International Conference on the Conceptions of Library and Information Science, Oslo, May 29-June 1, 2022
Projects
CiLC-S: Crowdsourcing Long-COVID Sweden
Available from: 2022-07-20 Created: 2022-07-20 Last updated: 2022-11-16Bibliographically approved
Johansson, V. & Nonthacumjane, P. (2022). Representational work and ‘reverse order’ essentialism: Digitisation of local information in Thailand and Bhabha’s Third Space. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 55(2), 515-530
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Representational work and ‘reverse order’ essentialism: Digitisation of local information in Thailand and Bhabha’s Third Space
2022 (English)In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, ISSN 0961-0006, E-ISSN 1741-6477, Vol. 55, no 2, p. 515-530Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Local Information Working Group (LIWG) of Thailand’s provincial university libraries holds main responsibility for digitising Thai local information (LI), a resource that shares many characteristics with what in other contexts is described as Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK). This study therefore explores how the digitisation activities of the LIWG correlate with claims of culturally responsive and responsible ILK representation, and how this work can be understood through the perspective of Bhabha’s Third Space. The study is based on interviews with 23 LIWG members, collected in 2016–2017. A guided, qualitative content analysis focused on uncovering themes of digitisation tools and methods with Third Space relevance as supporting or hindering essentialism, fixity and hybridity in LI representations. The findings illustrate that whereas the digitisation itself, field studies, language choices and outreach activities offer certain Third Space potential, this is underdeveloped and largely circumstantial. Third Space potentials are further likely to be restricted or hindered by uneven distribution of internet access, digital literacy, standard Thai proficiency and university/academic library accessibility among the Thai public in general and LI holders in particular. Overall, marginalised groups are excluded, and LI holders are positioned as passive contributors and recipients of digitised LI, suggesting a reversed sort of ‘self-essentialism’ on behalf of the dominant culture. In conclusion, two aspects in particular require further attention for libraries engaging with digitisation of ILK types of resources: the inclusion of national, societal level participation into participatory approaches; and the incorporation of functionalities for user interaction, holistic knowledge representation, multiple languages and cultural protocols into ICT for representation and use. The study provides a unique application of Third Space as analytical perspective on library digitisation of LI/ILK types of resources. Methodologically, the study is case specific, limited to a cross-section in time, and to data from interview accounts of LIWG members.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2022
Keywords
academic libraries, hybridity, ICT, Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK), participation, postcolonial theory
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-29194 (URN)10.1177/09610006221143100 (DOI)000905599700001 ()2-s2.0-85145202348 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-01-09 Created: 2023-01-09 Last updated: 2023-10-16Bibliographically approved
Johansson, V., Wänström, L., Ramme, K., Nilsdotter Swartswe, J. & Kallio, S. (2022). Survey questionnaire: Health impacts and information needs in "long-COVID": (Version 2).
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2022 (English)Other (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Template for the Swedish national survey questionnaire directed to long-COVID / post-COVID sufferers in Swedish Facebook groups. The survey comprises questions on demographics, background factors, symptoms and changes over time, health impacts, information needs and practices, and validated scales for rating certain symptoms. The survey was produced for the research project CiLC-S - Crowdsourcing Long-COVID Sweden, and conducted in 2021. The survey is designed for anonymous participation and open digital methods distribution through social media and web channels.

Publisher
p. 59
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-28924 (URN)10.5281/zenodo.7317123 (DOI)
Note

Part of the project Crowdsourcing LongCovid - Sweden (CiLC-S): https://www.hb.se/en/research/research-portal/projects/cilc-s---crowdsourcing-long-covid-sweden/

Available from: 2022-11-15 Created: 2022-11-15 Last updated: 2022-11-15
Johansson, V. & Lindh, M. (2022). Survey questionnaire: Internet use in public libraries - policy, practice and pedagogy.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Survey questionnaire: Internet use in public libraries - policy, practice and pedagogy
2022 (English)Other (Other academic)
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-29024 (URN)10.5281/zenodo.7395918 (DOI)
Available from: 2022-12-06 Created: 2022-12-06 Last updated: 2023-01-17Bibliographically approved
Johansson, V., Wänström, L., Ramme, K., Kallio, S., Nilsdotter Swartswe, J. & Yousefi Mojir, K. (2021). Crowdsourcing Long COVID Sweden (CiLC-S): Exploring Digital Methods and Voluntary Health Data for Research and Response in Social Crises. In: : . Paper presented at Information Science Trends – The ASIS&T European Chapter Research Series, June 09 - 11, 2021..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Crowdsourcing Long COVID Sweden (CiLC-S): Exploring Digital Methods and Voluntary Health Data for Research and Response in Social Crises
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2021 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We describe in this extended abstract the emergent, multi-disciplinary research project CiLC-S – Crowdsourcing Long COVID Sweden. The information science related part of the project aims to explore i) information needs and strategies of persons afflicted by long term health problems after a COVID-19 infection, and ii) alternative digital methods for inclusive, safe and efficient data collection for research and social response in the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the project and share some early ethical and methodological experiences as a foundation for discussions of current and future possibilities for information science research to respond to individual and societal information needs in the COVID-19 pandemic and similar large-scale social crises through innovative research questions and data collection methods.

Keywords
COVID-19, data, information needs, information strategies
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-25514 (URN)10.5281/zenodo.7317176 (DOI)
Conference
Information Science Trends – The ASIS&T European Chapter Research Series, June 09 - 11, 2021.
Note

Finansiär och Projektinformation : Tillhör forskningsprojekt "CiLC-S - Crowdsourcing LångtidsCovid Sverige" placerat vid Högskolan i Borås: https://www.hb.se/en/research/research-portal/projects/cilc-s---crowdsourcing-long-covid-sweden/

Två forskargrupper aktuella: "KIR - Kunskapens infrastrukturer" samt "Digitala kulturer och informationspraktiker".

Available from: 2021-06-11 Created: 2021-06-11 Last updated: 2022-11-15
Johansson, V. & Stenlund, J. (2021). Making time/breaking time: critical literacy and politics of time in data visualisation. Journal of Documentation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making time/breaking time: critical literacy and politics of time in data visualisation
2021 (English)In: Journal of Documentation, ISSN 0022-0418, E-ISSN 1758-7379Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Representations of time are commonly used to construct narratives in visualisations of data. However, since time is a value-laden concept, and no representation can provide a full, objective account of “temporal reality”, they are also biased and political: reproducing and reinforcing certain views and values at the expense of alternative ones. This conceptual paper aims to explore expressions of temporal bias and politics in data visualisation, along with possibly mitigating user approaches and design strategies. Design/methodology/approach: This study presents a theoretical framework rooted in a sociotechnical view of representations as biased and political, combined with perspectives from critical literacy, radical literacy and critical design. The framework provides a basis for discussion of various types and effects of temporal bias in visualisation. Empirical examples from previous research and public resources illustrate the arguments. Findings: Four types of political effects of temporal bias in visualisations are presented, expressed as limitation of view, disregard of variation, oppression of social groups and misrepresentation of topic and suggest that appropriate critical and radical literacy approaches require users and designers to critique, contextualise, counter and cross beyond expressions of the same. Supporting critical design strategies involve the inclusion of multiple datasets and representations; broad access to flexible tools; and inclusive participation of marginalised groups. Originality/value: The paper draws attention to a vital, yet little researched problem of temporal representation in visualisations of data. It offers a pioneering bridging of critical literacy, radical literacy and critical design and emphasises mutual rather than contradictory interests of the empirical sciences and humanities. © 2021, Veronica Johansson and Jörgen Stenlund.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Holdings Ltd., 2021
Keywords
Bias, Critical design, Critical literacy, Data, Radical literacy, Representation, Temporality, Time, Visualisation
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-26923 (URN)10.1108/JD-12-2020-0210 (DOI)000709333900001 ()2-s2.0-85117178581 (Scopus ID)
Note

Export Date: 19 November 2021; Article; Correspondence Address: Johansson, V.; Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS), Sweden; email: veronica.johansson@hb.se

Available from: 2021-11-19 Created: 2021-11-19 Last updated: 2022-01-06Bibliographically approved
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