Further reading

These lists of information literacy publications are not exhaustive; they aim to give you a taste of the types of publications out there that relate to information literacy.


Information Literacy Weblog by Sheila Webber

National Forum on Information Literacy

Welsh Information Literacy blog

Information Literacy meets Library 2.0 by Peter Godwin and Jo Parker

Moira’s Infolit blog by Moira Bent

Geoff Walton’s Information Literacy by Geoff Walton

The Information Literacy Land of Confusion by Michael Lorenzo

A new curriculum for information literacy

Digitally ready

Adventures in Library Instruction Podcast – A monthly podcast by and for library information literacy instructors and teaching librarians. The show includes features, interviews and discussion about teaching in libraries.

ACRLog by the ARCL

libraryassessment.info – a blog for and by librarians interested in library assessment, evaluation, and improvement supported by the Association of Research Libraries.

Information Literacy Librarian by Amy

Alkek Library Information Literacy Blog by Albert B. Alkek Library of Texas State University

The WGIL Room: Issues in library instruction, information literacy and emerging technology.


Godwin, P. and Parker, J. (2012) Information literacy beyond library 2.0. London: Facet Publishing. ISBN: 9781856047623 See Elaine Andrew’s review in JIL

Kaplowitz, J.R. (2012) Transforming information literacy instruction using learner-centered teaching, London: Facet, ISBN: 9781856048354 and New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, ISBN: 9781555707651 See Cindy Gruwell’s review in JIL

Flashpohler, M.R. (2012) Engaging first year students in meaningful library research: a practical guide for teaching faculty. Oxford: Chandos Publishing, ISBN: 9781843346401 See Dina Koutsomichali’s review in JIL

Walsh, J. (2011) Information literacy instruction: selecting an effective model. Oxford: Chandos Publishing, ISBN: 9781843346272 See Katharine Reedy’s review in JIL

MacMillan, K. and Kirker, C. (2012) Kindergarten magic: theme-based lessons for building literacy and library skills. Chicago: American Library Association. ISBN: 9780838910696 See ALAStore for further information and read Alan Carbery’s review in JIL.

Ruthven, I. and Kelly, D. (eds). (2011) Interactive information seeking, behaviour and retrieval. London: Facet. ISBN: 9781856047074 See Facet for futher information and read Andrew Carlin’s review in JIL.

Walton, G. and Pope, A. (eds). (2011) Information literacy: infiltrating the agenda, challenging minds. Oxford: Chandos. ISBN: 9781843346104 See Chandos for further information and read Andrew Eynon’s review in JIL.

Mackey, T.P and Jacobson, T.E. (2010). Teaching information literacy online. London: Facet. ISBN: 9781856047678 See Facet for further information and read Pihilp Russell’s review in JIL.

Walsh, A. and Inala, P. (2010). Active learning techniques for librarians: practical examples. Oxford: Chandos Publishing. ISBN: 9781843345623 See Chandos for further information and read ngiel Morgan’s review in JIL.

Secker, J. (2010) Copyright and e-learning: a guide for practitioners. London: Facet. ISBN: 9781856046657 See Facet for more information and read Annette Tracy Earl’s review in JIL.

Burkhardt, J.M. and MacDonald, M.C. with Rathemacher, A.J. (2010) Teaching information literacy: 50 standards-based exercises for college students. 2nd edition. Chicago: ALA Editions. ISBN: 9780838910535 See ALAStore for more information and read Nicola Ellen Berry’s review in JIL.

Blanchett, H., Powis, C. & Webb, J. (2010) A guide to teaching information literacy: 101 practical tips. London: Facet.ISBN: 978-1-85604-659-6. See Facet for more information and read Rachel Bickley’s review in JIL.

Herring, J. (2010) Improving students’ web use and information literacy: A guide for teachers and teacher librarians. London: Facet. ISBN: 978-1-85604-743-. See Facet for more information and read Louise Ellis-Barrett’s review in JIL.

Welsh, T. S. & Wright, M. S. (2010) Information Literacy in the digital age: An evidence based approach. Oxford: Chandos. ISBN 1 84334 515 3. See Chandos for more information and read Jane Scker’s review in JIL.

Herrington, J. et al. (2010) New technologies, new pedagogies: Mobile learning in higher education. Wollongong: University of Wollongong. Available online at http://ro.uow.edu.au/newtech/ and read Gareth Johnson’s review in JIL.

Woodward, H. and Estelle, L. ( 2010.) Digital information : order or anarchy? London : Facet. ISBN.978-1-85604-680-0. See Facet for more information and read Peter Godwin’s review in JIL.

Lloyd, A. (2010) Information literacy landscapes: Information literacy in education, workplace and everyday contexts. Oxford: Chandos. ISBN-13: 978 1 84334 507 7. See Chandos for more information and read Christopher Guy Walker’s review in JIL.

Lombard, E. L. (2010) Pursuing information literacy: roles & relationships. Oxford: Chandos. ISBN-13: 978 1 84334 590 9. See Chandos for more information.

Mackey, T. P. & Jacobson, T. E. (2010) Collaborative Information Literacy Assessments Strategies for evaluating teaching and learning. London: Facet. ISBN: 978-1-85604-706-7. See Facet for more information and read Fiona Bell’s review in JIL.

Healey, M. and Jenkins, A. (2009) Developing undergraduate research and inquiry. York: The Higher Education Academy. ISBN:9781905788996 Read it online, and read Chris Bradford’s review in JIL.

Hepworth, H. & Walton, G. (2009) Teaching information literacy for inquiry based learning. Oxford: Chandos ISBN-13: 978 1 84334 441 4. See Chandos for more information and read Emma Thompson’s review in JIL.

Whitworth, A. (2009) Information obesity. Oxford: Chandos. ISBN: 9781843344490. There is an accompanying website at Read Nick Frost’s review in JIL.

Devine, J. and Egger-Sider, F. (2009) Going Beyond Google: the invisible web in learning and teaching. London: Facet. ISBN: 9781856046589. See Facet for more information and read Jason Curtis’s review in JIL.

Basili, C. (Ed) (2008) Information Literacy at the cross-road of Education and Information Policies in Europe . Rome: CNR. ISBN: 9788880800965. See CNR for more information and read Gwyneth Price’s review in JIL

Brabazon, T. (2007) The University of Google: education in the (post) information age. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing. ISBN: 9780754670971. See Ashgate Publishing for more information and read Mark Callan’s review on JIL.

Calvo, M., Sætre, T., and Rafste, E. (2008) Information Literacy Education: A Process Approach. Professionalising the Pedagogical Role of Academic Libraries. Oxford: Chandos. ISBN: 9781843343868. See Chandos for further infromation and read Jessica Emerton’s review in JIL.

Cook, D. and Sittler, R. (eds) (2008) Practical pedagogy for library instructors: 17 innovative strategies to improve student learning. Chicago: ACRL. ISBN: 9780838984581. See ALAstore for further information and why not read Jacqui Weetman Da Costa’s review in JIL.

Cox, C.N. and Lindsay, E.B. (eds) (2008) Information literacy instruction handbook . Chicago: ACRL. ISBN: 9780838909638. See ALAstore for further information.

Godwin, P. and Parker, J. (2008) Information literacy meets Web 2.0. London: Facet. ISBN: 9781856046374 See Facet for more information and why not read Nancy Graham’s review in JIL.

Hilyer, L. A. (2008) Presentations for Librarians: A complete guide to creating, effective, learner-centred presentations. London: Chandos. Why not read a review of the book by Susan Smith in JIL.

Harris, H. & Rice, S. E. (eds) (2008) Gaming in academic libraries: Collections, marketing and information literacy. Chicago, ACRL. ISBN: 9780838984819. See ALAstore for further information.

Horton, F. W. (2007) Understanding Information Literacy: A Primer. Paris: UNESCO. CI-2007/WS/18-CLD3008.7. See UNESCO for further information and why not read Mark Hepworth’s review on JIL.

Jacobson, T. & Mackey, T. (eds) (2008) Using technology to teach Information literacy. Neal Schuman Publishers. ISBN: 9781555706371. See Neal-schuman for more information.

Lampert, L. D. (2008) Combating student plagiarism: an academic librarian’s guide. Oxford: Chandos. ISBN: 9781843342823. See Chandos for further information.

Jacobson, T. & Mackey, T. (eds) (2007) Information literacy collaboration that works. Neal Schuman Publishers. ISBN: 9781555705794. See Neal Schuman for more information.

Lipu, S., Williamson, K. and Lloyd, A. (eds.) (2007) Exploring Methods in Information Literacy Research. Topics in Australasian Library and Information Studies No. 28. ISBN 978 1876938611. See Woodhead Publishing for more information.

Mutch, A. (2008) Managing information and knowledge in organizations: a literacy approach. New York: Routlegde. ISBN: 9780415417266. See Routledge for more information.

Primary Research Group. (2008) College information literacy efforts benchmarks. New York: Primary Research Group. ISBN 1574400991. See Primary Research Group for more information.

Secker, J. Boden, D & Proce, G. (eds.) (2007) Information literacy cook book: Ingredients, tips and recipes for success. Oxford: Chandos. ISBN: 9781843342250. See Chandos for more information and read Sue House’s review in JIL.


The Department of Media, Culture and Sport and Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform. (2009) Digital Britain: Final report, Cm 7548. London: HMSO outlines the government’s plan to put Britain in the centre of the digital economy.

Research undertaken by a team at UCL led by Dr Ian Rowlands and funded by JISC have published a report on the Information behaviour of the researcher of the future: a Ciber briefing paper. JISC / UCL:London, January 2008. It outlines researchers searching behaviours and make recommendations to librarians on how to enhance researchers searching skills.

UNESCO have a published a report called Towards Information Literacy Indicators : Conceptual framework paper prepared by Ralph Catts and Jesus Lau. UNESCO, Paris, 2008. It provides a basic conceptual framework for measuring information literacy and is designed to serve as a reference to facilitate the elaboration of information literacy indicators.

The Research Information Network (RIN) has published the results of a study, Mind the skills gap: Information-handling training for researchers (June 2008), that reviews the extent, quality and impact of information literacy teaching for academic researchers.

The National Health Service Scotland have produced a report called Enabling partnerships: Sharing knowledge to Build the Mutual NHS (2010) that recognises the need for information literacy skills.and healthcare

Ofsted. (2005) Good school libraries: making a difference to learning. Document reference number: HMI 2624. This report identifies those factors which help to produce good libraries in primary and secondary schools. It emphasises the importance of: the commitment and support of headteachers; the appointment of specialist library staff; effective monitoring and evaluation; and coherent programmes for developing pupils’ information literacy.


Communications in Information Literacy is an independent, professional, refereed electronic journal dedicated to advancing knowledge, theory, and research in the area of information literacy. The journal is committed to the principles of information literacy as set forth by the Association of College and Research Libraries. CIL is also committed to the principles of open access for academic research.

The Educators’ Spotlight Digest is a multimedia, online magazine dedicated to providing information and ideas to teachers of information literacy skills.

FUMSI publishes articles and tools that aim to give individuals practical help with information skills.

JeLit: Journal of eLiteracy
is a peer reviewed journal that publishes articles on IT, information literacy and the skills needed for e-learning.

JIL: Journal of Information Literacy is an international, peer-reviewed, academic journal that aims to investigate Information Literacy (IL) within a wide range of settings.

Journal of Creative Library Practice provides an outlet for librarians and information professionals to describe and encourage greater creativity in library and information centre communications, policies, collections, instruction, and other areas of librarianship.

Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education is a peer reviewed, open access journal.

SIMILE: Studies in media & Information Literacy Education is a peer reviewed journal that aims to bridge the gap between media and information literacy.

Synergy is published by the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) in Australia.The journal focuses on the wider world of education and best practice in school librarianship, and includes some articles related to information literacy.

ITALICS has published two themed issues on information literacy:

  • Vol 5, Issue 1 January 2005 – the challenges on implementing information literacy within the Higher Education community. This themed issue of ITALICS was guest edited by Susie Andretta, Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University.
  • Vol 5, Issue 3 December 2006 – is a special conference issue of ITALICS, jointly published with the Journal of e-Literacy (JeLiT), and includes a selection of papers submitted to the eLit2006 conference and expanded for this publication.

Library and Information Update has published two themed issues on information literacy in January/February 2005 and January/February 2006.


You can discover a huge amount about information literacy through IL networks, whether that is attending conferences or monitoring and joining in discussions on the web.


  • LILAC: Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference
    ECIL: European Conference on Information Literacy
    LOEXIFLA IL section

Discussion lists

  • lis-infoliteracy
    The CILIP Information Literacy Group’s jiscmail list for discussing matters relevant to information literacy.

Social media




Information Literacy: NHS Education for Scotland has developed an information literacy website that is primarily intended for use in a healthcare environment. It includes a definition of information literacy, a framework, scenarios, courses, and training material.

Anne Robinson’s Strongest links Excellent site from a practitioner who won the School Librarian of the Year award 2005. Links are provided for online tutorials, resources and tools, models and for the different IL stages.

ALFINCAT is a Cataluñan working group on information literacy. The groups aims to exchange ideas, good practice, and the promotion of the information literacy agenda across Spain.

Alfared: Portal of Information Literacy in Spain is coordinated by the Working Group of Information Literacy of Council of Library Coordination.

Canadian Research Libraries Information Literacy Portal

Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) Information Literacy Links, provides links to organisations and resources relating to information literacy.

European network for Information Literacy (EnIL) aims at opening a discourse on Information Literacy at a European level, in order to promoting the establishment of a Culture of Information in Europe.

le guide des égarés is a website created by a french teacher-librarian who has prepared a thesis about information literacy and “culture de l’information”.

IFLA has developed InfoLit Global a database to record information literacy materials from different parts of the world, on behalf of UNESCO.

The ilit.org site promotes information literacy (IL) as the foundation of independent and lifelong learning. The site is maintained by Susie Andretta and was originally sponsored by HEA-ICS (2002-2003) and by SWAPltsn (2002-2004).

The IL-webliography is maintained by Ola Pilerot. It attempts to collect and organize different contributions in the field of information literacy literature. The site lists articles, websites and bibliographies.

The Information Education and Information Literacy Working Group (IVIG) is a network of Czech university librarians committed to the development of the information literacy of students and the wider community.

Information Literacy in German Libraries (Vermittlung von informationskompetenz an deutschen bibliotheken) is a network of German university libraries committed to promoting and developing students’ information literacy skills.

Information Literacy Place was developed by Sheila Webber and Bill Johnston. It aims to provide links to information literacy resources and provoke discussion on information literacy and how it should be taught.

Librarians as Teachers Network was created by Johanna Anderson to encourage discussion on librarians as teachers.

LLiDAL Learning Literacies in a Digital Age This wiki contains outputs from the JISC funded study into Learning Literacies for the Digital Age (LLiDA) was used during the project to share and develop ideas and work.

LOEX: Clearinghouse for library instruction. LOEX provides information on all aspects of instruction and information literacy to libraries and librarians who are institutional members.

The National Forum on Information Literacy was created in 1989 as a response to the recommendations of the American Library Association’s Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. It maintains a web page called ‘ Information literacy resources.’

One-stop Shambles Information Skills and Literacy Page is part of a website designed to support the international school communities in 17 countries in South East Asia.
UNESCO’s Capacity builder:Information literacy website.

The Welsh Information Literacy Project website outlines the progress of CyMAL’s Libraries for Life: Delivering a Modern Library Service for Wales 2008-11 strategy.

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