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Proceedings Article


Isto Huvila


Reader- and User-Oriented Communication: National Conference Communication Studies 2007, University of Vaasa, Volume 152, Vaasa, p.22--27 (2008)






Even though information literacy implicitly comprises an idea of a complete participation in an information community, the typical definitions of information literacy have tended to underline seeking, searching, locating, receiving and evaluation instead of information creation. Wilder (2005) has criticised the concept information literacy for emphasising the problems of searching instead of finding relevant information. The problematising of information seeking places emphasis on the difficulty of searching and the complexity of required skills. A more sensible approach would be to facilitate information use rather than to teach searching using complicated tools. All information sought by human-beings is mostly produced by their fellow humans. Therefore an approach to decrease complexity of information searching could to be to educate people to create more searchable and usable information. This article discusses information creation as a part of the concept information literacy. Besides technical problems, information creation education is inevitably faced by the complexities of social and cultural dimensions of information and information production. 


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