A deep dive into information literacy research

For Immediate Release
Mon, 10/04/2021


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association



CHICAGO — The last several decades have witnessed a deep and continued interest in information literacy. This interest has resulted in an extensive range of research being undertaken and a burgeoning corpus of literature created by academic researchers, library practitioners, and other researchers who explore information literacy through their own disciplinary lens. “The Qualitative Landscape of Information Literacy Research,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, describes this research landscape. Annemaree Lloyd explores the key theories, methodologies and methods that have been used to shape our knowledge of information literacy and the approaches we apply to its investigation; and for balance, she also addresses quantitative and mixed method approaches to information literacy research. In each chapter, key examples are given about how theory, types of pedagogical frameworks, methods, and tools have been used. Coverage includes:

  • situating information literacy research;
  • informing information literacy research;
  • framing information literacy pedagogy;
  • qualitative methods;
  • quantitative and mixed method approaches;
  • data collection;
  • planning for research; and
  • evaluating information literacy research.

Lloyd is a social science researcher based at the Department of Information Studies, University College London (UCL). Internationally, she has held a professorial post at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS), University of Borås, and is visiting professor at the School of Computing and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Scotland. She has written numerous articles, is also author of the book “The Information Literacy Landscape,” and edited “Practising Information Literacy: Bringing Theories of Practice, Information and Learning Together” (Lloyd & Talja, Centre for Information Studies) and “Exploring Methods in Information Literacy Research” (ed.,Lipu, Williamson and Lloyd 2007, Centre for Information Studies).

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