Harding, Jane
December 2008
APLIS;Dec2008, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p157
Academic Journal
There is a lack of literature about information literacy and the public library, especially compared with that of school and academic libraries. This might suggest that public libraries are not engaged in information literacy efforts. However the literature reveals that, despite myriad challenges, public libraries worldwide are embracing the responsibility and have implemented a wide array of information literacy approaches. They are furthering information literacy in their communities, albeit along a poorly defined and obstacle strewn path. Edited version of a paper first published in the 'Australian library journal' August 2008.


Related Articles

  • La alfabetización informacional en bibliotecas públicas. Situación actual y propuestas para una agenda de desarrollo. Gómez-Hernández, José Antonio; Pasadas-Ureña, Cristóbal // Information Research;Apr2007, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p4 

    Introduction. The purpose of this paper is to review information literacy developments in public libraries. Information literacy is outlined as a key competence of individuals whereby they know how to find and use the information needed, regardless of place, mode and medium of transmission....

  • Information literacy and public libraries. Chan, Josella // inCite;Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 30 Issue 1/2, p18 

    The article discusses the association between information literacy (IL) and public libraries. It is noted that IL is an essential skill for lifelong learning. According to the author, public libraries can play a significant role in the promotion of IL and lifelong learning. However, she argued...

  • Library & Book: A 'Public Good.'. Berry, John // Library Journal;3/1/1985, Vol. 110 Issue 4, p5 

    Editorial. Focuses on the concept of 'public good' in terms of services offered by public libraries to the community and in keeping the society informed on an issue. Advantages of a library books over other means of information; Liberation of the readers from network television schedules and...

  • Libraries add value to literacy.  // Information Scotland;Oct2005, Vol. 3 Issue 5, p7 

    Provides information on the Big Plus in Libraries development project launched at Murrayfield Stadium in Scotland on September 8, 2005. Significance of the project in the promotion of literacies opportunities between local authorities across the country; Items covering a broad range of reading...

  • Pr�cticas formativas en las bibliotecas p�blicas canadienses [i]. Julien, Heidi; Brew, Reegan D. // Boletin de la Asociacion Andaluza de Bibliotecarios;dic2005, Vol. 20 Issue 81, p39 

    This article reports on a national survey of information literacy (IL) instruction in urban and rural public libraries in Canada and public librarians' attitudes towards these services. The survey is the first phase of a study exploring the actual and potential role of Canadian public libraries...

  • First Nation and Public Libraries Working Together: A Simple, Award-Winning and Gratifying Approach.  // Access (1204-0472);Summer2005, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p22 

    Comments on the literacy and community programs of First Nation public libraries in Ontario in 2005. Recognition by the Minister of Culture of the 'Libraries Helping Libraries' program's positive impact and continued value to communities; Cooperative programs between libraries and communities;...

  • THE LIBRARY HAINES BUILT. Berry III, John N. // Library Journal;2/1/2005, Vol. 130 Issue 2, p38 

    The article profiles the Haines Borough Public Library in Haines, Alaska, which was chosen as the best small library in America for 2005. "Community involvement," the standard cliché, doesn't come close to capturing the spirit and action that have structured the building, programs,...

  • PUBLIC LIBRARIES: CENTRAL TO ADULT LEARNING AND LITERACY. Thompson, Sally // APLIS;Dec2012, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p190 

    The overwhelming body of research about how adults develop their literacy suggests that it is intergenerational, task specific and requires purposeful engagement with other literate adults. This puts libraries at the centre of adult learning and literacy. Outlined are international approaches...

  • LITERACY CLEARINGHOUSE. Davis, Nancy Harvey; Fitzgerald, Pam // Library Journal;10/15/1989, Vol. 114 Issue 17, p35 

    Discusses library family literacy programs and the multiplying library family literacy initiatives. Importance of such projects as the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy's profile of successful family literacy programs; Development of similar programs; Details of several programs,...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics