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From Workplace to Profession: New Focus for the Information Literacy Discourse

  • Elham Sayyad Abdi
  • Christine Bruce
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 552)

Abstract

The present paper suggests articulating the general context of workplace in information literacy research. The paper considers distinguishing between information literacy research in workplaces and professions. Referring to the results of a phenomenographic enquiry into web professionals’ information literacy as an example, it is indicated that work-related information literacy in particular contexts and depending on the nature of the context, is experienced beyond physical workspaces and at professional level. This involves people interacting with each other and with information at a broader level in comparison to a physically bounded workspace. Regarding the example case discussed in the paper, virtuality is identified as the dominant feature of the profession that causes information literacy to be experienced at a professional level. It is anticipated that pursuing the direction proposed in the paper will result in a more segmented image of work-related information literacy.

Keywords

Workplace Information literacy Profession Web professionals 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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