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Suorsa, A., Bossaller, J. S., & Budd, J. M. (2021). Information literacy, work, and knowledge creation: A hermeneutic phenomenological point of view. The Library Quarterly, 91(4), 457–472.

Information literacy, work, and knowledge creation : a hermeneutic phenomenological point of view

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Author: Suorsa, Anna1; Bossaller, Jenny S.2; Budd, John M.3
Organizations: 1University of Oulu (Finland), Faculty of Humanities, Information Studies
2School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, the iSchool, University of Missouri–Columbia
3School of Information Science, University of Missouri
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: University of Chicago Press, 2021
Publish Date: 2023-01-31


This theoretical article examines the conceptual premises of the research and practice of information literacy (IL) in the workplace in relation to research on knowledge creation in the field of knowledge management. As with education more generally, IL should prepare students for life after formal schooling ends. How can we make the leap, though, from IL in the educational context to successful participation in an information-rich work environment? A hermeneutic phenomenological analysis of IL and knowledge creation presents IL as a way of being able to sense, live, and be in the world with an open and dialogic attitude. This approach might offer some clues that bridge IL in the two environments while extending IL practices in the Association of College and Research Libraries “Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.” As such, the study builds on the understanding of IL and knowledge creation as situated, experiential, and collective phenomena.

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Series: Library quarterly
ISSN: 0024-2519
ISSN-E: 1549-652X
ISSN-L: 0024-2519
Volume: 91
Issue: 4
Pages: 457 - 472
DOI: 10.1086/715916
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
Copyright information: © 2021 The University of Chicago. Published by The University of Chicago Press. The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, volume 91, number 4, October 2021.