Open Conference Systems, Catac 2016

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CULTURALLY-SITUATED INFORMATION LITERACY: INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES NAVIGATING NEW INFORMATION LANDSCAPES
Anita Komlodi, Nadia Caidi, Aqueasha Martin-Hammond, Wajanat Rayes, Nicole Sundin

Last modified: 2016-06-11

Abstract


We examine the competencies required of information users navigating new and different information landscapes. Building on a case study of International Medical Graduates who have immigrated to North America, we develop a nuanced definition of information literacy and specifically examine the impact of trans-national information practices on the expanding definition of information literacy. Our findings distinguish between the quotidian (everyday) and the specialized (professional) skillsets required by newcomers to a country. We discuss the relevance of cross-cultural literacy skills as a means to facilitate social inclusion of newcomers.

Keywords


: information literacy, trans-national information practices, information behavior, international medical graduates, searching

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