Critical Information Literacy Teaching in British Columbia Academic Libraries

SCHACHTER, Debbie (2018) Critical Information Literacy Teaching in British Columbia Academic Libraries. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2018 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Transform Libraries, Transform Societies in Session 116 - Library Theory and Research with Information Literacy.

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Abstract

Critical Information Literacy Teaching in British Columbia Academic Libraries

This paper provides an overview of research and findings related to the application of critical information literacy (CIL) theory in B.C., Canada, higher education library practices. A gap was identified in the literature related to information literacy teaching in Canada, leading to the question: How are librarians in B.C. higher education applying critical information literacy in their practice? A mixed methods research study was conducted with higher education librarians, through a survey of all public higher education libraries and subsequent semi-structured interviews. Findings include librarian awareness of critical information literacy and the ACRL Framework for information Literacy, but a gap in practical application. Indigenization, a form of de-colonizing library practices, is one area of common focus for B.C. higher education librarians in applying a critical lens to library practices. The research also identified areas where further support is required and recommendations for improving the application of theory in practice.

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