The literature

This page is the longest on the site, but most of it consists of references to other papers and books. You are not expected to read all of these by any means. However, please bear in mind that engagement with this literature is a significant aspect of the course. The ideas presented in EDUC61712 are complex, and in order to understand them well enough to use them effectively in the assessment, you will need to read more than just the minimum, and do so independently and critically.

Radical Information Literacy and Information Obesity

These are my two books, and between them they cover most of the ground of this course unit (and good slabs of the rest of my teaching, as well). Information Obesity has been out since 2009 (published by Chandos) — I wrote it March – August 2008. It’s…. not bad, I guess. It’s more about digital literacy and ICT education; information literacy gets part of one chapter only, even though I would now say that digital literacy is in fact a subset of information literacy. It does set up the critical theories, particularly those of Habermas, which are one pillar of these ideas, and the basis of the triadic model is also to be found within. See for more information and some resources (including a hypertext bibliography).

Radical Information Literacy will be published some time in 2014. I don’t have an exact date yet, but I delivered the manuscript to the publishers on December 10th 2013 (surviving a hard disk failure on  my old Mac literally the evening before) and Chandos got the last one out pretty quickly, so I anticipate publication around Easter 2014. This book analyses information literacy from a dialogic perspective, that is, one that considers how knowledge is formed through communication, the bringing together of diverse perspectives. As soon as I have a date of publication I will add it here, and I will also be organising some kind of ‘launch event’ (a talk about the book, which I’ll stream online somehow as well), so watch this space.

Key readings

The ideas discussed in these readings resonate through the whole M&IL course, and you should read them all at some point. Consider them useful source of references to major statements about information literacy, particularly the standards, such as the ACRL and SCONUL models, the Alexandria Proclamation, and so on. Follow up some of these references too: familiarity with these kinds of policy statements is also expected of you. 

General sources

Look at the Journal of Information Literacy; Information Research;  papers from the LILAC (Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference – see the archive on this site, and note that I’ll be presenting a paper about the new book there in April 2014) and EBLIP (Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice) conferences for a ‘library and information science’ view of information literacy; but also note ISIC (Information Seeking in Context) and COLIS (Conceptions of Library and Information Science), as well.

Readings for critique and analysis

The second category of readings encompass those which you are – collectively – going to be reading for your presentations in week 10. In this presentation you will present the argument of this paper and relate it to the key frameworks established in the course, particularly the six frames model and the triadic model of informational relationships. How do these frameworks shed light on the model of education being presented in the paper, or otherwise illuminate and allow analysis of its arguments? You will also do this with one other paper or book chapter, which you will find yourself. More information on this task will be found on the page about the presentations.

Although you will only be reading one of these papers for the presentation, what you have below is a selected reading list of good quality papers on a range of Media & IL issues. Therefore, before and after the presentation session – which will itself serve to introduce other readings to you – you may find it useful to consult other papers beyond the one you are reading for week 10, and refer to them in your final portfolio.

In some cases you will need your University of Manchester ID and password to access these texts.

Readings and resources for information literacy practice

Again, this is a selective list – there are many more examples out there for you to look at, to help gain inspiration – or to critique. The emphasis here is on practice.

Note also the database maintained by the European Network on IL: a huge number of initiatives are recorded here, of various kinds (courses, policies, guidelines, etc.) but there is not always a huge amount of detail. Certainly enough to get you started, however, and possibly give you materials for review. Ten countries are represented here: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Spain.

And some papers on practice:

As I said – there are many more….Media and Information Literacy Reading List (JRUL)

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  1. Hi All
    Hoped you have seen Drew’s e-mail on our school email boxes, in fact it is high yime to start thinking of which article or resources to use for our presentation , we should not be carried away with time having, there are other works, and that we need two articles or chapters to use.
    To let you know and avoid duplication of topics I’ve choosed this as my first article from the reading list:-The public sphere and discursive activities: information literacy as sociopolitical skills , by Jack Andersen.
    So please if any one has any material related to this kindly send me the link so that I can use it as my second article.

  2. Hello everyone,
    I am going to select “Carmel O’Sullivan, (2002) “Is information literacy relevant in the real world?“, Reference Services Review, Vol. 30 Iss: 1, pp.7 – 14” as one of my papers. Just to let you know. The other one will be probably “Gabbay, J. & Le May, A. (2011)Practice-based evidence for Healthcare, Clinical Mindlines Abingdon : Routledge”.

  3. Hi all,
    I actually came through most of the articles in the reading list briefly, and it seems that most of them are interesting and useful. I felt hesitant in choosing the article especially between the first and the last one. Finally, I chose the last one which is Hobbs, R, (1997) “Expanding the concept of literacy” from Kubey, R, Media literacy in the information age pp.163-183, New Brunswick, N.J,: Transaction Publishers. [21] – digitised chapter. Any body finds an article or a chapter in a book similar or contrasting the one I chose, I will be grateful if s/he can send it to me.

    Good Luck for you all

    • Hello Suhad,

      I managed to track down the paper I was talking about earlier.

      Whitworth, A. (2011) ‘Empowerment or instrumental progressivism? Analyzing information literacy policies’, Library Trends Fall pp312-337

      This is Drew’s paper analyzing Information Literacy Policies using 6 frames of IL. This was somewhere on the Blackboard, if I remember correctly, it might have been in the area of R-DTCE or he emailed this to us, I cannot remember. I know Blackboard is down at the moment but you should be able to obtain it through Google Scholar.

      I hope this helps. 🙂


  4. Hello everyone,

    As far I have seen, no one of the on-campus students has selected the Elmborg,J’s paper: “Critical information literacy”. I am thinking of analysing that for the presentation.


  5. Hi all,
    It is great to see you there. I am going to do this article “From ‘‘Scuba Diving’’ to ‘‘Jet Skiing’’? Informationb Behavior, Political Science, and the Google Generation”.

    Good luck,


    • Hi Aiasha
      I’ve just seen the comments on this page about the presentation. I’d decided to look at the same article, and had written on the ‘Presentation’ page of the site, as others had written comments there. Oops!
      Are you an on-campus student? If so, it doesn’t matter as I am distance and will be doing the presentation on a different day.

      All the best,

  6. Hi All,
    I thought of doing O’Sullivan, but have seen that Keiko has already chosen that one, so I will do Levine.
    Best wishes

  7. Hi All

    If no one has taken this one yet, I would like to select to do Catts, R. and Lau, J: “Towards information literacy indicators“, UNESCO for the presentation.



  8. Hi all (M&IL, Jan-Apr 2013 group)

    I’d like to look at the following paper for the podcast:-

    Levine, P, (2007) “Collective action, civic engagement and the knowledge commons” from Hess, C & Ostrom, E, Understanding knowledge as a commons pp.247-275, Cambridge, Mass.,: MIT Press. [29]


  9. Hey guys,
    I would like to do “Catts, R. and Lau, J: “Towards information literacy indicators“, UNESCO”.

  10. Hey everybody!

    I will use this article as a source for the podcast:

    Mackey & Jacobson: “Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy”

    It’s going to be great watching yours! Bye.

  11. Hi all,

    I am a distance learning student and I want to do an analysis on Mackey & Jacobson: “Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy”,


  12. Hi all, I’m going to use Elmborg’s article: “Critical Information Literacy: Implications for Instructional Practice” for the podcast.

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