Critical and Information Literacy

After a short time in the profession, I quickly put myself into the reference/instruction camp of librarians. Near and dear to my heart is the concept of information literacy, which has its’ roots in authors like Shapiro and Hughes, who had “critical literacy” as a key component of information literacy. Like Shapiro and Hughes the American Association of School Librarians and Association of College and Research Libraries standards are process- and tool oriented, the emphasis is on the structure of information resources.

I think that anyone in reference understands that this is the backwards approach, so after a few months of slugging it out with the heavyweights of critical literacy, I dropped a search into EBSCO’s LISTA database and got this little gem from James Elmborg:

“Critical Information Literacy: Implications for Instructional Practice,” Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 32, Number 2, pages 192-199.

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