Digital information literacy/Resources

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What is information literacy?

What is Information Literacy? on YouTube.


What is digital

Storage and transportation



Some interfaces which are used for accessing digital information - databases, datasets, electronic libraries, Internet, other multimedia - problem-solving so users can navigate sources and understand their scope


Portals (a website often within an intranet serving as a guide or point of entry to the World Wide Web and usually including a search engine or a collection of links to other sites arranged especially by topic). Search engines (computer programmes called 'spiders' search their database of previously indexed pages from the WWW for keywords you have specified. An example would be google. RSS feeds (If you have subscribed to a particular site by setting up an RSS feed, you will be sent notification of any new updates to that site. RSS Feeds let you know when there is new stuff to see at your favourite sites, blogs etc.) Subject Gateway ,Catalogue,Directory (a list of internet resources e.g. OMNI. A directory has been created by a human being and it lists websites by subject categories. The websites have all been evaluated previously and are deemed to be useful.),Internet tutorials (Tutorials available online about how to find information effectively),Internet detective.


search engines, subject directories, gateways etc.

  • Data sets e.g. Citation Index, databases, data centres

When do I need digital information?

What digital information could I find?

How can I use digital information?

Communications media

Discussion boards, email lists, IM channels, blog comments, video conferencing...


Reference material

At this stage we are trying to devise a comprehensive reference list of subsections under access, interpret and create. The learning activities will draw from this reference list. 1 learning activity will not refer to all the resources here, but touch on a few each. Thinking being that if someone did all 3 learning activities in each of the 3 sections they would have a comprehensive understanding of digital information literacy.

Copyright and other laws and ethics

Options for copyright - creative commons, JISC models, copyright licensing Ltd.

This module will need to be linked to search strategies, evaluating and ethics modules.


There are several different formats used for digital information - text, audio, video, images, blogs, wikis etc.



Examples of software packages for enterprise resource planning systems, integrated library systems, course management systems, management information systems, blogs/cms, Wiki's and institutional repository's.

  • GNU Eprints for generating an "Open Access" (OA) "Institutional Repository" (IR)
  • Open ils - integrated library system, developed by the Georgia Public Library Service
  • Koha - Koha is a full-featured open-source ILS.
  • eduCommons is an OpenCourseWare management system
  • WIKINDX - for academic writing
  • Mediawiki - Wiki software for educational projects
  • Wordpress - Blog, CMS for learners
  • Moodle - LMS
  • Dspace - digital repository system
  • Guten is a tool to browse, retrieve, read and manage electronic books published by Project Gutenberg.
  • Firefox web browser with extensions.

Further reading

Blackall, L. (2005). Digital literacy: how it affects teaching practices and networked learning futures _ a proposal for action research. The Knowedge Tree, Edition 07.

Breaks, M. & MacLeod, R. (2001). Joining up the academic information landscape: the role of the RDN hubs within the Distributed National Electronic Resource. 21st Century information fluency project