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Global Information Literacy

Special issue call for papers from Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

Guest editor: Nina Clements, Librarian and Information Literacy Coordinator at California State University-Channel Islands

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication is an inter- and cross- disciplinary double-blind peer reviewed journal. It publishes contemporary research and practice which explores the way that people and organisations interact in the digital information environment. It is concerned with innovation and developments in digital information, as they relate to global knowledge, communication and world memory.  It covers the creation, management, dissemination and use of the full range of information objects.

In 2017, The Association of College & Research Libraries published a white paper sharing international perspectives on information literacy entitled, “Fostering a Dialogue for International Understanding”. This themed issue wants expand on the unique challenges and opportunities for “Global Information Literacy” and will explore the extent to which there is global acceptance and a shared understanding of the term information literacy. Proposals are requested that explore the role of information literacy frameworks within a specific country and an assessment of how these frameworks foster a dialogue for international understanding.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

•    Case studies comparing information literacy frameworks from two different countries or cultures (SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, for example)
•    Discussions of definitional issues of information literacy related to specific cultural contexts
•    Reflections on how information literacy standards reflect the educational priorities of a country or region.
•    The role of critical librarianship in shaping information literacy pedagogy.
•    The impact of linguistic diversity and multilingualism on information literacy frameworks

Submissions should comply with the journal author guidelines which are here. They should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at

•    Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2018
•    Peer review: July-September 2018
•    Revisions, copyediting, proofing etc.: October and November 2018
•    Publication of special issue: January 2019