Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0

Mar 2008 | 200pp

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Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0

Edited by Peter Godwin and Jo Parker

Web 2.0 technologies have been seen by many information professionals as critical to the future development of library services. This has led to the use of the term Library 2.0 to denote the kind of service that is envisaged. There has been considerable debate about what Library 2.0 might encompass, but, in the context of information literacy, it can be described as the application of interactive, collaborative, and multimedia technologies to web-based library services and collections.
These developments challenge librarians involved in information literacy with more complex and diverse web content, a range of exciting new tools with which to teach, and a steep learning curve to adjust to the constant change of the Web 2.0 world.
This edited collection from an international team of experts provides a practically-based overview of emerging Library 2.0 tools and technologies for information literacy practitioners; addresses the impact of the adoption of these technologies on information literacy teaching; provides case study exemplars for practitioners to help inform their practice; and examines the implications of Library 2.0 for the training of information literacy professionals.
Key topics include:
  • School Library 2.0: new skills and knowledge for the future
  • information literacy, Web 2.0 and public libraries
  • the blog as an assessment tool
  • using Wikipedia to eavesdrop on the scholarly conversation
  • information literacy and RSS feeds
  • library instruction on the go: podcasting
  • sparking Flickrs of insight into controlled vocabularies and subject searching
  • joining the YouTube conversation to teach information literacy
  • going beyond Google
  • teaching information literacy through digital games.  
Readership: This book will be essential reading for all library and information practitioners and policy makers with responsibility for developing and delivering information literacy programmes to their users. It will also be of great interest to students of library and information studies.

1. Introduction: making the connections - Peter Godwin 
2. Library 2.0 and information literacy: the tools - Brian Kelly
3. Educating Web 2.0 LIS students for information literacy - Sheila Webber 
4. School Library 2.0: new skills, new knowledge, new futures - Judy O’Connell 
5. Information literacy, Web 2.0 and public libraries: an exploration - Michelle McLean
6. Engage or enrage: the blog as an assessment tool - Georgina Payne 
7. Using Wikipedia to eavesdrop on the scholarly conversation - Anne-Marie Deitering 
8. Information literacy and RSS feeds at LSE - Christopher Fryer and Jane Secker 
9. Library instruction on the go: podcasting at the Kresge Library - Jennifer Zimmer and Sally Ziph 
10. PennTags at the University of Pennsylvania - Laurie Allen and Marcella Barnhart 
11. Sparking Flickrs of insight into controlled vocabularies and subject searching - Cameron Hoffman and Sarah Polkinghorne 
12. Joining the YouTube conversation to teach information literacy - Susan Ariew 
13. Going Beyond Google at The Open University - Jo Parker 
14. Using Web 2.0 to enhance the Staffordshire University Assignment Survival Kit (ASK) - Julie Adams, Alison Pope and Geoff Walton
15. Teaching information literacy through digital games - John Kirriemuir 
16. Conclusion - Peter Godwin

"Make it top of your reading list if you are still hesitating over whether RSS feeds, Flickr or a Wikipedia entry will be appropriate for your institution or might upset senior managers."
- MmIT Journal


"Verdict: a great book to add to your collection. It certainly does "do what it says on the tin". It is easy and interesting to read through, but can be referred to as and when needed, dipping in and out with guidance from the index."
- SHINe Journal

"…I would recommend this book to librarians from all sectors. The key concepts are explained thoroughly and the case studies provide good examples of practical applications of the tools."
- Journal of Information Literacy

"Do you relish the opportunity to plunge in or would you prefer to wait at the edge until you are sure the water is warm enough? Reading this book may well persuade the waverers at least to try some of the approaches described; for those already in the pool it will confirm that this is an exciting place to be."
- Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

Peter Godwin is Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of Bedfordshire and Jo Parker is the Head of Information Literacy at the Open University Library.

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