Exploring information literacy during a natural disaster: The 2011 Brisbane Flood

Yates, Christine & Partridge, Helen L. (2014) Exploring information literacy during a natural disaster: The 2011 Brisbane Flood. In Bruce, Christine S., Davis, Kate, Hughes, Hilary E., Partridge, Helen L., & Stoodley, Ian D. (Eds.) Information Experience : Approches to Theory and Practice. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, UK.

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Abstract

This chapter presents the preliminary results of a phenomenographic study aimed at exploring people’s experience of information literacy during the 2011 flood in Brisbane, Queensland. Phenomenography is a qualitative, interpretive and descriptive approach to research that explores the different ways in which people experience various phenomena and situations in the world around them. In this study, semi-structured interviews with seven adult residents of Brisbane suggested six categories that depicted different ways people experienced information literacy during this natural disaster. Access to timely, accurate and credible information during a natural disaster can save lives, safeguard property, and reduce fear and anxiety, however very little is currently known about citizens’ information literacy during times of natural disaster. Understanding how people use information to learn during times of crisis is a new terrain for community information literacy research, and one that warrants further attention by the information research community and the emergency management sector.

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ID Code: 65623
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: information experience, information literacy, qualitative research, phenomenography, natural disaster, library and information studies, CEDM
ISBN: 9781783508150
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
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Deposited On: 03 Jan 2014 02:48
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 05:48

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