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Towards an everyday life information literacy mind-set: a review of literature.

Martzoukou, Konstantina; Sayyad Abdi, Elham


Elham Sayyad Abdi


Purpose: Information literacy (IL) within the everyday life context is regarded as an important condition for civic participation and engagement, informed citizenship, health and well-being. However, compared to the significant amount of IL research within educational and workplace settings, there has been relatively little research in relation to the value of IL within everyday life situations. The purpose of this paper is to explore existing empirical research that addresses aspects of IL within the context of everyday life, identifying current gaps in the literature, highlighting key theoretical positions, and mapping trends. Design/methodology/approach: The review has been conducted in the form of a scoping study that aims to map the key concepts underpinning this research area and the main sources and types of evidence available. It is based on journal literature reporting primary research, published from 2000 to 2016 and sourced from a range of different databases covering IL research. Findings: IL practices take place within diverse everyday life contexts. The key research directions have been categorised into four broad contextual areas, encompassing leisure and community activities, citizenship and the fulfilment of social roles, public health and critical life situations. These point to the need for developing an IL mind-set which is discussed as an adaptive, transferable and ongoing activity that transgresses the boundaries of prescribed skills within the specific contexts of work and education. Originality/value: This research area is still in its infancy and more varied contexts need to be explored to nurture a robust understanding of the use and impact of IL in people’s everyday lives. The paper also highlights the implications of the lack of IL and identifies the key players in the advocacy of IL within different everyday life settings.


MARTZOUKOU, K. and SAYYAD ABDI, E. 2017. Towards an everyday life information literacy mind-set: a review of literature. Journal of documentation [online], 73(4), pages 634-665. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 18, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2017
Publication Date Jul 10, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 19, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 10, 2017
Journal Journal of documentation
Print ISSN 0022-0418
Electronic ISSN 1758-7379
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Issue 4
Pages 634-665
Keywords Information literacy; Everyday life; Community; Literature review
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