Thomas P. Mackey is Professor in the Department of Arts and Media at SUNY Empire State College. His professional interests emphasize metaliterate learning and the design of innovative social spaces to promote critical engagement with emerging technologies. His collaborative work with Trudi Jacobson to originate the metaliteracy framework promotes the reflective learner as producer and participant in dynamic information environments. They both lead the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative on the development of metaliteracy-related research, writing, teaching, grant projects, and the design of innovative learning spaces using competency-based digital badging and massive open online courses (MOOCs). His website is https://sites.google.com/view/thomaspmackey/home.
- About the Authors
Constructive partnerships between academic librarians and faculty play a crucial role in effectively assessing and improving information literacy efforts. Collaboration is not just a nice idea; it is essential to improving the value of library services, personnel, and instruction. Here, highly respected editors Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson, whose previous works include Information Literacy Collaborations That Work (2007) and Using Technology to Teach Information Literacy (2008), explore innovative collaborative assessment strategies designed specifically for information literacy programs and courses.
All of the contributions to the book are co-written by faculty-librarian teams that have successfully worked together to develop assessment strategies across a wide range of disciplines, including business, political science, education, adult learning programs, and the humanities. Saving you countless hours on course or accreditation preparation, each chapter includes a detailed literature review, a model for practical implementation, a discussion of the partnership process, and an examination of assessment data. The teams also share guidance for overcoming a variety of collaborative obstacles and challenges, and report on how their assessment process significantly improved student learning outcomes.
Framed in a practical real-world context, this invaluable new resource provides a clear set of best practices to help librarians and faculty work together to initiate new information literacy assessment efforts or to improve established programs in their own institutions.
"The case studies are well written and extremely detailed and should offer ideas to inspire anyone struggling with this complex task."