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Exploring information literacy through the lens of Activity Theory

  Activity Theory (AT) is presented as a framework for explaining Information Literacy (IL) as a technologically mediated social practice. This is achieved in the context of a study conducted in 2016 on the information gathering and sharing activities of Scottish community-level elected representatives. This work demonstrates the value of AT as (i) a tool for IL research that seeks to present information practices in their social contexts, and (ii) as a means of highlighting underlying issues within the social environment under review through the identification of contradictions within the activity system.

  • Date:

    19 January 2018

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    Springer Verlag

  • DOI:


  • Library of Congress:

    Z665 Library Science. Information Science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    020 Library & information sciences

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Hall, H., Cruickshank, P., & Ryan, B. (2018). Exploring information literacy through the lens of Activity Theory. In Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Literacydoi:10.1007/978-3-319-74334-9_81



Activity Theory, information literacy, hyperlocal democracy, libraries, lifelong learning

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