How Groups Talk Information Literacy into Being

  • Andrew WhitworthEmail author
  • Maria Carme Torras i Calvo
  • Bodil Moss
  • Nazareth Amlesom Kifle
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 676)


A research project considered how groups make collective judgments about information in workplaces, employing a mapping methodology that raised judgments into collective awareness and ‘talked them into being’ as representations on a map. Recordings of conversations held during mapping sessions reveal the role of facilitation, and how facilitators and participants learned to use mapping to help make judgments about information and practices. Group judgments about relevance can be captured in ways that may remain hard to embed in information systems viewed only as technology, but nevertheless help embed these judgments in sociotechnical systems.


Relevance Mapping Communities of practice Group judgments Facilitation Information literacy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Whitworth
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Carme Torras i Calvo
    • 2
  • Bodil Moss
    • 3
  • Nazareth Amlesom Kifle
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Universitetet i BergenBergenNorway
  3. 3.Høgskolen i BergenBergenNorway

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