Alternatives to Being Information Literate

  • Isto HuvilaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 810)


In contrast to the relative abundance of conceptualisations of “information literacy”, the earlier research has placed considerably less attention on its alternatives. The findings show that there are shades of being less and non-literate beyond a mere lack of necessary skills or engagement in inappropriate practices. Information illiteracy can be experienced as a problem but it can also represent a conscious choice for delimiting and organising information practices. From a theoretical and practical perspective, this study suggests that both information literacies and information illiteracies should be taken into account in information literacy research and education, and when developing and deploying information systems and services to compensate for the lack of literacies.


Information literacy Information illiteracy Information anxiety Satisficing 



This study has been conducted under the auspices of the Archaeological information in the digital society project, funded by the Swedish Research Council Grant (VR) grant 340-2012-5751. The work is also affiliated with the The Impact of Information Literacy in the Digital Workplace (DiWIL) project at Åbo Akademi University, Finland funded by the Academy of Finland.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ALMUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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