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Information Literacy in Refugee Camps: Cultural Effects of Gender, Place and Time
University of Washington, USA
What is information literacy for the millions of people forcibly displaced by war and persecution? In 2018 almost 70 million people are displaced, half of whom are children, with a majority residing in low to middle-income countries close to situations of conflict. In this keynote, Dr. Fisher draws upon years of embedded fieldwork at UNHCR Za’atari Camp, by the Jordan-Syria border, to discuss the nature of everyday information literacy for survival and resilience by Syrian refugees.
Using co-design and information science techniques, Dr. Fisher addresses the high constraint, low affordance environment of refugee camps and how cultural factors such as gender, place, and time affect information behavior and can guide the design of libraries and information systems.