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Multas, A. M. & Hirvonen, N. (2019). Employing nexus analysis in investigating information literacy. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science, Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 16-19, 2019. Information Research, 24(4), paper colis1944. Retrieved from

Employing nexus analysis in investigating information literacy

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Author: Multas, Anna-Maija1; Hirvonen, Noora1
Organizations: 1Department of Information Studies, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: University of Borås, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-03-23


Introduction: This study discusses the potential of nexus analysis in information literacy research. Nexus analysis is a theoretical-methodological approach that examines the linkages between discourse and action. Method. Nexus analysis is discussed in relation to other socially oriented approaches to information literacy research and illustrated with an empirical example.

Analysis: The key ideas and concepts of nexus analysis are explained, compared to related approaches, namely, practice and sociocultural theories and discourse analysis. An empirical example on the information literacy practices of a young video blogger is used to illustrate the application of this approach.

Results: Whereas practice-theoretical and sociocultural information literacy studies tend to examine the practices of fixed social groups, nexus analysis focuses first on social action. In contrast to most discourse analytical studies, it investigates how discourses are manifested in action. The empirical example illustrated how the key tasks of nexus analysis and data triangulation provided diverse perspectives on exploring information literacy.

Conclusion: The value of nexus analysis lies in its unique way of combining elements from various approaches and the practical guidelines it offers for multimodal analysis. It provides new insight for socially oriented information literacy research by focusing on the ways individuals’ histories and identities, discourses circulating in a scene and mutually produced interaction order intersect in a specific moment in time to enable social action.

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Series: Information research. An international electronic journal
ISSN: 1368-1613
ISSN-E: 1368-1613
ISSN-L: 1368-1613
Volume: 24
Issue: 4
Article number: colis1944
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 520 Other social sciences
518 Media and communications
616 Other humanities
Copyright information: © the authors, 2019. Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative Works License