This collection brings together scholarship and pedagogy from multiple perspectives and disciplines, offering nuanced and complex perspectives on Information Literacy in the second decade of the 21st century. Taking as a starting point the concerns that prompted the Association of Research Libraries (ACRL) to review the Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education and develop the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2015), the chapters in this collection consider six frameworks that place students in the role of both consumer and producer of information within today's collaborative information environments. Contributors respond directly or indirectly to the work of the ACRL, providing a bridge between past/current knowledge and the future and advancing the notion that faculty, librarians, administrators, and external stakeholders share responsibility and accountability for the teaching, learning, and research of Information Literacy
Type of Material:
Open (Access) Textbook--Although this book is listed as a textbook, it’s not organized as a traditional textbook. There’s no index, glossary, or end of chapter questions, exercises, or activities. It is a collection of chapters by different authors organized progressively around a theme.
Course readings, homework, or readings for individual work.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The learner will gain an overview on information literacy.
The leaner will have context for the discussion of information literacy.
The learner will be able to discuss the past, present, and future of information literacy
Familiarity with the academic environment is helpful.
• This book provides perspectives of teaching faculty and academic librarians working in their fields and collaborating on integrating information literacy instruction.
• The information is current as it focuses on the Framework for Information Literacy adopted by the ACRL in 2016. However, the book also includes information about using the formal Information Literacy Standards, and it discusses the progression between the two viewpoints on instruction.
• The information provided is accurate and important and provides a fairly comprehensive perspective on the state of information literacy with detailed examples of how collaborations across campus happen.
• The entire book provides for a holistic perspective, but individual sections or chapters can stand alone for reading assignments.
• Information about technological tools is included, and some chapters touch on using and evaluating emerging online genres of writing/communication.
• The book likely explains research and collaboration across disciplines as well as it can currently be explained. There is a heavy focus on rhetoric/writing programs which makes sense. Specific disciplines include business, education, and economics. A few articles offer information that includes various disciplines.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The overview is a great discussion of many different issues within information literacy. Most scholars and librarians would be able to take something vital away from this. In practice lots of instructors and librarians just passively agree with the status-quo of information literacy discussion. This doesn’t do so. It also has an empirical and practical side.
• This book is quite good, but it’s just a book. It’s not a traditional textbook. There’s no index, glossary, end of chapter questions, exercises, or activities.
• The book could be improved with some discussion questions or overview at the end of each section that summarizes the section and connects to the rest of the book.
• The addition of one case study encompassing much of this would be very instructive and valuable to include in future iterations.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The texts and graphics are easy to read and visually appealing.
This text could be improved with some navigation aids within the book. Linking from the table of contents to sections would be helpful. Linking from the text to the reference list would be helpful. An index or glossary would also be helpful. A visually engaging case study might be a benefit.
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