Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement: project findings
Researchers in the Centre for Social Informatics have released findings of the Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM) project.

Date posted

19 March 2017

Professor Hazel Hall, Peter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan set out to investigate levels of digital and information literacy within Scotland’s Community Council system. Their work was supported by a grant from the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

It addressed three key questions:

1. What are community councillors’ current practices in exploiting information channels for engaging citizens in democratic processes?
2. What is the role of public libraries in supporting community councillors, particularly around their acquisition of information literacy?
3. What are the relationships between community councillors’ information behaviours and literacies, resources, and knowledge and experience?

For further details, including links to the full project reports and its findings, please see