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International Workshop on Information Literacy Policies: Methodological Aspects

Venue: The National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece

The aim of the Workshop was to point out the strategic role of methodological approaches in Information Literacy Policy Analysis.

Policy formulation and implementation is a complex process, deeply rooted in awareness of problems and prediction of impacts. The latter element constitutes the most fragile side of the process, since even the best model of prediction cannot cope against unexpected events.

A vast amount of «policy theory» literature has been produced, which proposes different models for predicting realistic system behaviours, without ever reaching a commonconsensus. Alternatively, a major trend towards effective policy formulation is a pragmatic approach based on evidence:policies are adopted on the basis of «what works» rather than ideology or intuition. Despite its more pragmatic positioning with respect to policy theories, the evidence–based approach privileges data and data structures, which are analysed through a systematic process of enquiry. The methodological dimension is evidently crucial in this approach, as a way to perform policy analysis by applying scientific criteria.

Workshop Chair

  • Professor Carla Basili
    The National Research Council, Italy,
    The European network on Information Literacy (EnIL), co-ordinator

Session Chair

  • Carla Basili
    National Research Council
    Rome, Italy
    Models of Information Literacy Policies in Higher Education


  • Sabina Cisek – Maria Próchnicka,
    Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
    Selected methodological issues in creating the Information Literacy development strategies


  • Armando Malheiro da Silva
    Faculty of Humanities, University of Porto, Portugal
    Information Literacy in the European Higher Education Area: epistemological and theoretical aspects

Panel on Strategic and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Information Literacy Skills


  • Angela Repanovici: Transilvania University Brasov, Romania
  • Ane Landoy: Bergen University Library, Norway
  • Manolis Koukourakisl: Crete University Library, Greece

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