Using Technology to Teach Information Literacy

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Why teach information literacy, technology literacy, and discipline-specific research skills separately when teaching them together fires students' imaginations, improves learning, visibly demonstrates the value of your library's unique services and expertise to faculty, and lets you reach students who might never otherwise walk through the library's doors? The first book on teaching information literacy with technology across the curriculum is full of case studies and lesson plans that will help you put together a cutting-edge, technology-based course for your institution.

Each chapter is co-written by a librarian-faculty member team involved in a collaborative teaching-with-technology project. An overview of the literature will help you explain the value of this dynamic approach to faculty and administration. Chapter authors represent a wide range of institutions and disciplines; they give you course goals and organization, the hows and whys of the technologies used, and pitfalls to avoid. Featured technologies include collaborative web tools, presentation software, video and other multimedia, podcasts, blogs, wikis, and more. Every academic library will want to have a copy of this book, as will any faculty member involved in teaching information literacy.

Trudi E. Jacobson

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. Author or co-author of several books, her website is

"This should be of high value to librarians interested in information literacy and to administrators interested in concrete examples of how technology is changing the library and higher education."

--Portal: Libraries and the Academy
"The experience and knowledge shared by the various authors will be invaluable to any academic librarian involved in online delivery of content and services and to those involved in teaching information literacy."
--Australian Library Journal
"The instructional models exampled in this work will educate, enlighten, and influence faculty and librarians to incorporate new methodologies of teaching information literacy to a student population already accustomed to a variety of online environments."
--Journal of Academic Librarianship