Skilled immigrants: a resettlement information literacy framework

Sayyad Abdi, Elham, Partridge, Helen, Bruce, Christine, and Watson, Jason (2019) Skilled immigrants: a resettlement information literacy framework. Journal of Documentation, 75 (4). pp. 892-908.

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide an understanding of skilled immigrants' lived experience of using information to learn about their new setting.

Design/methodology/approach: Thematic analysis was conducted on a qualitative data set collected through 16 semi-structured interviews with newly arrived skilled immigrants in Australia.

Findings: The study uncovered six different themes of experiencing using information to learn among skilled immigrants. The themes, presented as a framework, explain skilled immigrants learn about their new life through: attending to shared stories by others; getting engaged; researching; comparing and contrasting past and present; being reflective; and being directly educated.

Research limitations/implications: The study presents the theory-to-practice translation approach of "information experience design" that enables the enactment of theoretical understanding of information research.

Originality/value: The study invites, encourages and enables information professionals to take part in interdisciplinary conversations about integration of skilled immigrants in their host countries. Using the presented framework in the study, information professionals will be able to explain skilled immigrants’ learning about their new setting from an information lens. This provides information professionals an opportunity to work with immigration service stakeholders to help them incorporate the presented framework in their real-world practice and service. Such practice and services are of potential to support newly arrived skilled immigrants to become more information literate citizens of the host society who can participate more fully in their host society.

Item ID: 59076
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-7379
Keywords: information literacy, qualitative research, information use, information experience design, information literacy framework, skilled immigrants
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 23:52
FoR Codes: 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461099 Library and information studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890399 Information Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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