Critical Literacy for Information Professionals
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This edited collection explores critical literacy theory and provides practical guidance to how it can be taught and applied in libraries.
The approach taken in critical literacy is not to read texts in isolation, but to develop an understanding of the cultural, ideological and sociolinguistic contexts in which they are created and read.
The book introduces critical literacy concepts in ways that are accessible to readers who are new to the subject while also appealing to those with greater knowledge by exploring critical literacy from a range of theoretical perspectives and linking these ideas to current debates in information studies.
Critical Literacy for Information Professionals also contains a series of practically-focussed case studies that describe tools or approaches that librarians have used to engage users in critical literacy. Drawing on examples from across library sectors including schools, public libraries, universities, workplaces and healthcare, these illustrate how critical literacy can be applied across a variety of library settings, including online and new media environments.
Contributed to by international experts from across library sectors, the book covers topics including:
radical information literacy as an approach to critical literacy education
critical literacy and mature students
physical and digital disability access in libraries
teaching critical literacy skills in a multicultural, multilingual school community
teaching media literacy
developing critical literacy skills in an online environment
new media and critical literacy.
Readership: The book will be essential reading for librarians, information professionals and managers in all sectors, students of library and information science, school and higher education teachers and researchers
Table of Contents
Introduction - Sarah McNicol PART 1: THEORIES OF CRITICAL LITERACY 1. Renegotiating the place of fiction in libraries through critical literacy - Sarah McNicol 2. Death of the Author(ity): Repositioning students as constructors of meaning in information literacy instruction - Jessica Critten 3. Reading health education comics critically, challenging power relationships - Sarah McNicol 4. Reframing librarian approaches to international student information literacy through the lens of New Literacy Studies - Alison Hicks 5. Using new literacies to discuss disability in the library - JJ Pionke 6. “Anyone can cook”: critical literacy in the workplace - Andrew Whitworth 7. Social justice, adult learning and critical literacy - Jennifer Lau-Bond PART 2: CRITICAL LITERACY IN PRACTICE 8. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Teaching Media Literacy - Michael Cherry 9. Curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to engage school students in critical literacy in England - Rebecca Jones 10. New media and critical literacy in secondary schools - Joel Crowley 11. Critical literacy and academic honesty: a school librarian’s role and contribution - Anthony Tilke 12. Engaging Undergraduate Communications Students in critical information literacy - Rachel Elizabeth Scott 13. Exploring pedagogical implications of students’ search mediation experiences though the lens of critical information literacy - Sarah Clark 14. Diffusing critical web literacy in a teacher education setting: initial reflections and future planning - Evangelia Bougatzeli and Efi Papadimitriou