Chapter 2

Lessons from the workplace: Understanding information literacy as practice

Annemaree Lloyd

Information literacy should be viewed as a core information practice, one that provides a central scaffold for participation and learning in all areas of work, education and everyday life. But do we really understand the complex nature of information literacy as a sociocultural practice, the elements that influence it, the way it manifests in context, and the role it plays in the construction of knowledge? Do we recognize how information literacy is shaped by the affordances1 that are furnished by a setting?

Current thinking about information literacy is trapped within the boundaries of education, where it is related closely to schooling practice. ...

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