Sustainability Literacy Approaches in LIS Education: Epistemological Beliefs, Teaching and Learning

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This paper intends to discuss critically the pedagogical experience of developing and implementing a sustainability literacy approach within the Master of Information Management and Curation’s curricula at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (2018–2019) addressing student’s epistemological beliefs. It pursues two objectives: (1) to identify the relevant key competences in sustainability literacy and, (2) to synthesize the transition from competencies to learning objectives/outcomes linked to information literacy. Qualitative methodologies have been used in this study to investigate learning impacts, using a narrative approach to provide access to beliefs and the meaning students ascribe to specific pedagogical experiences. The main outcomes emphasize that this approach prepares students for sustainability intervention areas: (1) information literacy trainers/facilitators for internal and/or external audiences; (2) advocacy – evidence gathering and promotion of information services contribution to sustainable development; (3) Research on Sustainable Information Behaviour (SIB) and greening libraries to embed the concept of sustainability into our everyday life information practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Literacy in a Post-Truth Era
Subtitle of host publicationECIL 2021
EditorsSerap Kurbanoğlu, Sonja Špiranec, Yurdagül Ünal, Joumana Boustany, Denis Kos
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-99885-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-99884-4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2022
EventEuropean Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2021) - online, Bamberg, Germany
Duration: 20 Sept 202123 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2021)
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  • Sustainability literacy
  • LIS education
  • Epistemological beliefs
  • Competences framework


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