A research project exploring information literacy (IL) in the workplace.

This on-going literature-based research specifically addresses two key issues:

  • How should we describe information literacy within workplace settings? What are the priority/key information skills and abilities related to the effective use of information in the workplace?
  • Is there any evidence of the value and/or impact of information literacy in the workplace?

English language publications post-1997 are examined in relation to these questions.  The analysis is restricted to publications which address IL and/or information use in the workplace.  It is beyond the scope of this research to examine the wider range of material in associated areas such as learning and decision-making in the workplace: while such material could offer scope for a wider examination of the contexts within which information is used, the objective in this study is primarily to explore the ways in which IL is described (e.g. language used, priority skills areas, etc) in workplace settings and how this compares with more generic descriptions, and whether there is any evidence of the value and impact of information literacy in workplace settings.

An annotated bibliography on information literacy in the workplace was produced as a contribution to the work of InformAll on the relevance of information literacy in the workplace.  This bibliography is updated annually to ensure that currency is maintained and that it remains a valuable resource in the longer term.  Katie Cooper is the Editor of the bibliography.

The bibliography is prefaced by a summary which highlights the main findings with reference to some of the specific contributions made by the items in the accompanying table.  The annotations in the table provide a brief summary of the content of each item.  Notes are also provided where the publications refers explicitly to the definition of information literacy. 

The latest version of the annotated bibliography is available on InformALL.

Project Team

Katie Cooper

Prof. Dorothy Williams

Caroline Wavell