Gender Differences in ICT Use and Information Literacy in Public Libraries: A Study in a Rio de Janeiro Public Library

  • Aline Gonçalves da Silva
  • Gilda OlintoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 676)


We approached gender differences in information and communication technology (ICT) use and appropriation and other aspects of information literacy in this study that focused on users of a large and modern public library located in a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. We took into account the literature and research evidence that considered the importance of the public library as a place for ICT and information literacy development. We also took into account the literature and evidence on gender differences in ICT use that tend to emphasize that women show lower interest in ICT and lower levels of ICT literacy. We obtained the empirical data through a study carried out in a new experience called “park library”. As a whole, the data suggested that these public library experiences do not seem to represent a major contribution to the development of information literacy of this user group.


ICT and gender Information literacy ICT literacy Public library and society 



We thank the CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico) for financial help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oswaldo Cruz FoundationRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Brazilian Institute of Information on Science and TechnologyRio de JaneiroBrazil

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