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The Concept of Information Literacy in Policy-Making Texts: An Imperialistic Project?
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
2011 (English)In: Library Trends, ISSN 0024-2594, E-ISSN 1559-0682, Vol. 60, no 2, p. 338-360Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) put a lot of effort in advocacy and policy making for information literacy (IL). Their ambition to foster IL can be seen as a part of a multinational educational project. By exporting a Western IL model focused on textual information sources and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) into non-Western contexts that to a great extent lack ICTs, the educational project for IL runs the risk of turning into an imperialistic project. A discursively oriented analysis of two prominent policy documents—discussed in the light of the so-called new imperialism and the idea of invisible technologies—indicates a standardized onesize-fits-all-model of IL. Through establishing a close contact between the policy-making strand and the research strand in the IL literature and by adhering to the broad concept of information literacies, the risk of imperialism and oppression might lessen.

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The Johns Hopkins University Press , 2011. Vol. 60, no 2, p. 338-360
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-3209Local ID: 2320/9696OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-3209DiVA, id: diva2:871306
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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