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The Social Turn in Literacy Development and Education Strategy: Impact on Library Practice

Corrall, Sheila (2023) The Social Turn in Literacy Development and Education Strategy: Impact on Library Practice. In: LILAC: The Information Literacy Conference, 19-21 April 2023, University of Cambridge, UK. (In Press)

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The purpose of the present study was to explore library responses to the social challenges and changes affecting higher education and wider society with particular reference to developments and trends in library instruction and information literacy and impacts on professional practice. Our point of departure was the observation by ACRL in 2021 that librarians were teaching additional literacies and expected to take a larger role in preparing students for employment and citizenship. We were guided by three questions: how extensive is the range of literacies taught or facilitated by academic librarians? which theories, strategies, methods and frameworks are librarians using to develop emergent and established literacies? and what are the implications of an expansive literacy agenda for professional development and library management? The work was based on a review of information, education and social science literature and an environmental scan covering library, institutional and civil society websites. We found library involvement in many more literacies than highlighted by ACRL reflecting a trajectory from sociotechnical to socioeconomic and sociocultural perspectives. Library pedagogies have also evolved from behaviourist and transmissive modes of teaching to constructivist, collaborative, interactive and inclusive learner-centred models with lifewide learning for personal, occupational and social wellbeing typically facilitated by librarians working in partnership with subject experts. We suggest that the relational/social practices of teaching librarians represent a larger shift from a transactional to a relationship-based model of academic librarianship to facilitate collaboration and partnership, which will require significant adjustments to library management structures, professional cultures and competency frameworks.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: In Press
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduscorrall0000-0001-5591-6524
Date: April 2023
Date Type: Completion
Event Title: LILAC: The Information Literacy Conference
Event Dates: 19-21 April 2023
Event Type: Conference
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic libraries; Collaboration; Cultural competence; Information literacy; Organisation development; Relationship management
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Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2023 18:55
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2023 18:55


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