Here’s our sixth post about the Information Literacy for Digital Engagement project, about some of the information-training needs we’ve found. You can follow this and related work at Community, Knowledge, Connections, and via @Community_Knect.
The Centre for Social Informatics is currently undertaking a project entitled Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM). Supported by a grant from the CILIP Information Literacy Group, our work investigates levels of digital and information literacy within Scotland’s Community Council system.
Specifically Peter Cruickshank, Dr Bruce Ryan and I are exploring how community councillors develop the skills required to inform and engage with the citizens that they represent, and how libraries support this work. In doing so we’re extending two established research streams within the Centre for Social Informatics: Cruickshank and Ryan’s work on digital engagement in local democracy (such as our DigiCC workshops), and mine with Christine Irving on information literacy and life-long learning. This work also builds upon our group’s track record in library and information science research.
Scottish Community Councils (which are analogous to parish councils in England and Wales) are a vital link…
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Until now, I’ve had one Twitter handle for both my research and my personal tweets, namely @myceliumme_CC. This handle was also used to auto-tweet both from this blog and my personal blog. It’s now time to split these streams:
- If you’re interested in my research, please note that @myceliumme_CC is about to become @Bruce_research.
- If you’re interested in what I do away from work, please follow the brand-new @BruceRyan_rants.
There’s nothing to stop you following both!
The very first Scottish Community Councils Twitter Hour was hosted by the Improvement Service’s Community Council Project last Tuesday. It was a fun- and information-filled time, especially as I was tweeting from a late-running train, then a taxi, then my home mac.
There’s lots of information and links in the Storify – enjoy!
… or, rather, tales of my doings to showcase some of the fine work my Napier colleagues are doing.
Hat-tip to Lindsay Jenkins for this presentation.