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Literacies Large and Small: The Case of Information Literacy
International Journal of Learning
  • James Elmborg
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Peer Reviewed
Publication Date
Information Literacy has been an important movement in academic libraries for at least the past decade. Still, no consensus has emerged about how to define information literacy or how broadly or narrowly to apply literacy theory to the work of librarians. In fact, the historical definitions of librarianship have tended to work against the integration of literacy theory into the daily practices of librarianship. These definitions have emphasized protecting the library as warehouse of externalized knowledge and the librarian as mediator between that knowledge and the students and faculty who need to use it in the educational process. The end result has been that information literacy’s power to transform libraries has been neutralized and contained. This paper explores the ways that traditional librarianship is constructed in the discourse of professional training and the ways that critical literacy theory might transform the practice of libraries and librarians in colleges and universities.
  • Information Literacy,
  • Critical Literacy,
  • College and University Libraries
Journal Article Version
Author's Original
Published Article/Book Citation
International Journal of Learning, 11 (2004), pp. 1235-1239.
Copyright © Common Ground, 2004. Posted by permission.
Citation Information
James Elmborg. "Literacies Large and Small: The Case of Information Literacy" International Journal of Learning Vol. 11 (2004) p. 1235 - 1239 ISSN: 1447-9494
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