The End of Information Literacy (?)

  • Michaela DombrovskáEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 676)


The paper, “Information Literacy as a Right and a Duty: the Experience of the Czech Republic,” presented at ECIL 2014, outlined the brief history of implementing various literacies into Czech educational curricula, and uncovered three major public policy-making “waves” throughout the implementation. When considering general literacy, information literacy, and financial literacy case studies, it has been shown that information literacy in particular is failing to be adopted by the legal system, This prevents information literacy from being adopted at a national level. The current paper aims to go further in analysis of the legal system (using content analysis of laws as a method), and asks how different types of literacy are realised in law. The paper also investigates whether or not the term information literacy is even relevant and useful in the context of existing educational laws and social development (in the Czech Republic).


Literacy Information literacy Education Access to information Citizens’ rights 



The author wants to express gratitude to Anthony P.J. Lauder Ph.D. for editing and reviewing this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Charles University in PraguePragueCzech Republic

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