Website designers: how do they experience information literacy?

Sayyad Abdi, Elham, Partridge, Helen, and Bruce, Christine (2013) Website designers: how do they experience information literacy? The Australian Library Journal, 62 (1). pp. 40-52.

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Abstract

This paper presents the findings from the first phase of a larger study into the information literacy of website designers. Using a phenomenographic approach, it maps the variation in experiencing the phenomenon of information literacy from the viewpoint of website designers. The current result reveals important insights into the lived experience of this group of professionals. Analysis of data has identified five different ways in which website designers experience information literacy: problem-solving, using best practices, using a knowledge base, building a successful website, and being part of a learning community of practice. As there is presently relatively little research in the area of workplace information literacy, this study provides important additional insights into our understanding of information literacy in the workplace, especially in the specific context of website design. Such understandings are of value to library and information professionals working with web professionals either within or beyond libraries. These understandings may also enable information professionals to take a more proactive role in the industry of website design. Finally, the obtained knowledge will contribute to the education of both website-design science and library and information science (LIS) students.

Item ID: 55430
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: information literacy; website design; phenomenography;
Copyright Information: Copyright 2013 Australian Library and Information Association
ISSN: 0004-9670
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 23:41
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080612 Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services @ 50%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890399 Information Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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