Book Review: Information Literacy beyond Library 2.0

A sequel to Information Literacy meets Library 2.0, Information Literacy beyond Library 2.0 is in my opinion, a must read for all information professionals. Exploring the shift of the information environment triggered by social and mobile channels, the contributors within this text explore the impact of technology trends on information as well as digital consumption and literacy, whilst sharing case studies to demonstrate trends and suggest theories. Questions are asked, new ways-of-working and theoretical frameworks are introduced, all in an effort to respond to the ‘new’ information literacy.

Key case studies include: Using games as treatments and creative triggers: a promising strategy for information literacy, written by Susan Boyle; and Informed cyberlearning: a case study, by Hilary Hughes.


Godwin, P and Parker, J. (2012). Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0. London: Facet Publishing.


Paper Review: The role of networking and social media tools during job search: an information behaviour perspective

Published in 2016, The role of networking and social media tools during job search: an information behaviour perspective, written by Prof. Hazel Hall, Prof. Robert Raeside and John Mowbray is an analysis of the available literature concerning networking behaviours of young jobseekers in both online and offline environments. Concentrating on three key themes: the use of social networks and informal information channels during job searches; networking behaviours in job search; and the use of social media tools, the paper offers an informative introduction, to a largely unexplored area.

Touching on the importance of ‘loosely-knit social circles’ that are generated using social networking sites, the paper recommends the need for further examination of young jobseekers’ engagement with social media tools supporting networks in online environments. During their interrogation of sixty-three papers from the extant literature published between 1973 and 2016, the researchers, sought to answer two questions:

  1. What are the key offline networking behaviours employed by young jobseekers during the job search process?
  2. How do social media tools support the networking behaviours of the young jobseekers during the job search process?

In answering these questions, the researchers propose Wilson’s (1997) general model of information behaviour as a suitable theoretical framework. Concluding that gaps exist within the literature, where further research is necessary to expound the process of networking during job search by young jobseekers.


Sources: Mowbray,J., Hall., Raeside, R. & Robertson, P. (in press). The role of networking and social media tools during job search: and information behaviour perspective. | Wilson, T.D. (1997). Information behaviour: an interdisciplinary perspective. Information Processing & Management, 33(4), 551-572.

Yes, Minister! Big Brother

Originally aired 17 March 1980, Yes, Minister! series 1, episode 4: Big Brother, raises questions regarding information management and security that we continue to debate today. Minister Jim Hacker is interviewed by Robert McKenzie, on current affairs television programme, Topic, regarding the introduction of the new National Integrated Database. A detailed database of personal citizen records in the UK. In the fictitious series, personal citizen records are to be held on a computer (still considered a new fangled piece of equipment back in 1980), and the Minister is grilled on the implications of personal privacy, safeguards, legislation, unauthorised access and societal resistance to state monitoring throughout the episode.

Nearly forty years on from its original airing, it is an interesting watch. To hear the personal privacy concerns of the 1980s citizen, within the context of a Social Media generation who actively allow access to their personal information. What are your concerns regarding personal privacy in relation to state-wide citizen monitoring?