Practices of community representatives in exploiting information channels for citizen democratic engagement: paper available on OnlineFirst

File:Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.jpgThe first of the seven articles that I recently co-authored for the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (JoLIS) has now been published as an OnlineFirst paper, with the option to download it as a PDF.

In the paper entitled ‘Practices of community representatives in exploiting information channels for citizen democratic engagement‘ my co-authors Peter Cruickshank and Bruce Ryan and I explore how elected (yet unpaid) community councillors in Scotland exploit information channels for democratic engagement with the citizens that they represent.

We demonstrate that community councillors engage with a range of information sources and tools in their work, the most important of which derives from local authorities. We highlight a number of ways in which community councillors could be better supported in their information use, and conclude with a set of recommendations that relate to (i) information literacy training; (ii) valuing information skills; and (iii) the role of the public library service in supporting community council work.

Hazel Hall, Peter Cruickshank & Bruce Ryan

Paper authors Hazel Hall, Peter Cruickshank & Bruce Ryan

This work is an output of the Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM) project that Peter and Bruce and I undertook between October 2016 and January 2017 with the support of a research bursary from the Information Literacy Group (ILG) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). The article was developed from a conference presentation that Peter delivered on behalf of the project team at Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017.

The full set of outputs from the IL-DEM comprises:

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