Biographical Space, Digital Death and Information Literacy Skills: Current Issues

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The concept of biographical space integrates the confluence of several contemporary autobiographical discursive genres related to personal experiences and to the public exposure of intimacy. This includes the most traditional - letters, diaries, memoirs and (auto) biographies – but also media and digital media, with a variety of uses and interactive practices. Mediated memories, diaries and lifelogs are instruments of self-formation, vehicles of connection, future memory and identity, allowing the creation of new subjectivities and multiple identities in the various situations of life, gaining a digital identity that will persist even after death. The purpose of this paper is to explore the discussion around biographical space and digital death in information literacy skills using the evidence of an ongoing study on Portuguese librarians’ memorial practices (2017-2018). A conceptual framework that interrelates information literacy skills with current biographical and digital death practices is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Literacy in Everyday Life
Subtitle of host publication6th European Conference, ECIL 2018
EditorsLoriene Roy, Sonja Špiranec, Serap Kurbanoglu, Yurdagül Ünal, Joumana Boustany, Esther Grassian, Diane Mizrachi, Maija Leena Huotari
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-13472-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-13471-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event6th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2018 - Oulu, Finland
Duration: 24 Sep 201827 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Conference6th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2018


  • Biographical space
  • Digital death
  • Information literacy


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