- 30th Apr 2014
- 229mm x 154mm x 14mm
Metaliteracy: Reinventing information literacy to empower learners
Trudi E. Jacobson, Distinguished Librarian, is Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University Libraries, University at Albany. Her professional interests focus on team-based and other forms of active learning, learner motivation, digital badging, and, of course, metaliteracy, a concept Tom Mackey and she developed in response to inadequate conceptions of information literacy in a rapidly changing information environment. Her website is www.trudijacobson.com. Thomas P. Mackey is Vice Provost for Academic Programs at SUNY Empire State College. His professional interests include open learning in innovative social spaces and critical engagement with emerging technologies. His collaborative work with Trudi Jacobson to originate the metaliteracy framework emphasizes the reflective learner as producer and participant in dynamic information environments. He appreciates all of their work together, especially the metaliteracy research, writing, editing, teaching, grant projects, and design of innovative learning spaces using competency-based digital badging and massive open online courses (MOOCs).
"This book is of great value to any librarian seeking to find ways to integrate literacy into a classroom. It will also be useful to any instructional designer wanting to integrate the ever-growing number of literacies into the development sessions offered to faculty."
"Overall, the book is a welcome contribution. It succeeds in presenting a sound and needed alternative to what the authors term 'skill based literacy'"
Mackey and Jacobson offer a foundational work that challenges how we understand literacy in the digital age. Furthermore, their argument for the need of metaliteracy is compelling. Metaliteracy is not only interesting but a necessary concept to understand the complexity of communication embedded within our continually evolving technologies—one that will help us, as teachers and librarians, help learners become more astute in their everyday lives.
Research in Online Literacy Education (ROLE) (Assistant Professor, Western Carolina University)
"... a concise, informative, and well-written volume ... The book's seven chapters are divided into two categories: theory and practice ... The book also includes a well-placed appendix, an exhaustive index, and a companion website (http://metaliteracy.org)"