Donald A. Barclay, Deputy University Librarian at the University of California, Merced, has been with UC Merced since 2002. His previous position was Assistant Director for Informatics at the Houston-Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, Texas. Since he first became a professional librarian in 1990, he has been concerned with helping students become more information-literate and, especially, helping students become better prepared to evaluate information in an increasingly complex, crowded, and confusing information environment. Barclay is the author of several books and many articles on librarianship, and has spoken on the topic of information literacy at library conferences and in broadcast interviews.
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Being electronic-information literate means more than knowing how to bid for products on e-Bay or hanging out in chat rooms. Here is the teacher and librarian’s complete hands-on guide to making all aspects of electronic information literacy instruction a success. The first section, “In the Classroom,” covers the basics: what information literacy is, why the information you need is not just a click away, what the ethics and economics of intellectual property are, how to use search tools effectively and thoroughly, and how to evaluate information retrieved. A special chapter walks you through a “one-shot” class session — for those times that you only get to speak to a group of students once. A final chapter in this section gives an overview for creating an entire course out of this material. Seven PowerPoint presentations of actual electronic information literacy lessons paralleling these chapters are included on a CD-ROM. The second section, “Outside the Classroom,” discusses keeping up-to-date on electronic information literacy; evaluating instruction methods; designing and equipping your classrooms and facilities; and promoting your program through print, online tutorials, and Webcasting. Teaching and Marketing Electronic Information Literacy Programs is a great teaching tool and a wealth of practical guidance for any teacher or librarian who is serious about information literacy in this new era.