Website designers : how do they experience information literacy?

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

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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.

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ID Code: 58814
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Information Literacy, Website Design, Phenomenography
DOI: 10.1080/00049670.2013.771767
ISSN: 0004-9670
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services (080612)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified (080799)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Australian Library and Information Association
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in The Australian Library Journal (C) 2013 (copyright Taylor & Francis); The Australian Library Journal is available online at:
Deposited On: 02 Apr 2013 00:09
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 21:51

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