Teen content creators : experiences of using information to learn

Harlan, Mary, Bruce, Christine S., & Lupton, Mandy (2012) Teen content creators : experiences of using information to learn. Library Trends, 60(3), pp. 567-585.

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As access to networked digital communities increases, a growing number of teens participate in digital communities by creating and sharing a variety of content. The affordances of social media - ease of use, ubiquitous access, and communal nature - have made creating and sharing content an appealing process for teens. Teens primarily learn the practices of encountering and using information through social interaction and participation within digital communities. This article adopts the position that information literacy is the experience of using information to learn. It reports on an investigation into teens experiences in the United States, as they use information to learn how to create content and participate within the context of social media. Teens that participate in sharing art on sites such as DeiviantArt, website creation, blogging, and/or posting edited videos via YouTube and Vimeo, were interviewed. The interviews explored teens' information experiences within particular social and digital contexts. Teens discussed the information they used, how information was gathered and accessed, and explored the process of using that information to participate in the communities.

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ID Code: 48978
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Information literacy, Teaching social networks
DOI: 10.1353/lib.2012.0001
ISSN: 1559-0862
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Board of Trustees, University of Illinois
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2012 22:31
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2014 17:05

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