Information literacy to support democratic engagement

Our latest community councillor project is now well underway. It’s called IL-DEM, and we’re blogging about it on our community knowledge website ( it focusses on the information behaviours of community councillors in Scotland as they go about their role of sharing information.

Find out more on Prof Hazel Hall’s blog post “Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement: project update #IL-DEM”

This project also give me the chance to revisit an old interestonline “lurkers” (I hate that word, but it’s what people use) and the need to treat them as part of the democratic process. IL-DEM gives us a chance to find out what community councillors think about their lurkers – I’ll be posting more on this subject in due course.


About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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