Information Literacy Needs Open Access or: Open Access is not Only for Researchers

  • Maurizio LanaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 988)


The Open Access was initially (blandly) conceived in view not only of researchers but also of lay readers, then this perspective slowly faded out. The Information Literacy movement wants to teach citizens how to arrive at trustable information but the amount of paywalled knowledge is still big. So, their lines of development are somehow complementary: Information Literacy needs Open Access for the citizens to freely access high quality information while Open Access truly fulfils its scope when it is conceived and realized not only for the researchers (an aristocratic view which was the initial one) but for the whole society.


Information literacy Open access Citizenship Information society Predatory journals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dip. di Studi UmanisticiUniversità del Piemonte OrientaleVercelliItaly

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