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Mark Hepworth Information Literacy Research Bursary

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Remembering Mark Hepworth

Mark Hepworth 

Mark was a key part of ILG in the early years and was a committee member and then joined the Journal of Information Literacy Editorial Board. He remained on the Editorial Board until his untimely death in 2016.

He was committed to the idea that empowerment is underpinned by information literacy and being able to learn effectively and independently and use the knowledge, data and information around them is likely to result in people having more choice. Mark argued that when people have choice, they are usually better informed about their situation and can see alternatives in a critical light. This can lead to people having more options when deciding how to participate and interact in any context - social, political or educational. In his view this is what information literacy is all about. His research encompassed many areas and as a researcher he worked with many different populations: students, informal carers, those with multiple sclerosis and communities in Africa and Brazil to investigate how they interact with and use information to enable them to achieve their goals. This led him to understand their information behaviour, needs and the factors that affect their information experience. This naturally led him to focus on people’s information capabilities and information literacy. Mark was a supporter of the Information Literacy Research Bursary programme and made the key suggestion that these should fund research outside the Higher Education domain and spread the message into the mainstream.

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