Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM)
10/10/2016 - 08/12/2016
The findings of this research will contribute to strategies to improve citizen engagement in the democratic process at community level. Its main aims are:
1. To evaluate how Community Councillors (1) access and understand information on their duties and rights; (2) keep up to date with local developments of relevance to the communities that they serve; and (3) disseminate information to their communities, and to identify where future efforts need to be directed to improve the skills and practices of this group.
2. To test and validate a proposed model of information literacy for lifelong learning.
3. To investigate the role of public library staff in the training of Community Councillors, as well as broader issues related to communities, social capital, and citizenship
Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM) is a Research - Other Sources project funded by CILIP Information Literacy Group.
Carried out in collaboration with and others.
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