Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Transforming Information Literacy Programs

Author: Carroll Wetzel Wilkinson and Courtney Bruch

Title: Transforming Information Literacy Programs:  Intersecting Frontiers of Self, Library Cultures, and Campus Community
Description: This is a collection of essays on information literacy and its place in the academic library and within higher education. Rather than more tips and tricks on classroom management with the one-shot, these essays deal with the success in general of information literacy programs, librarians as teachers, and assessment issues, among other topics.   
Audience: Academic librarians and others interested in the teaching of information literacy as an academic skill.
Major ideas: Information literacy, despite its importance, is still struggling to make headway on many campuses. Library/librarian/administrative ambivalence and lack of faculty buy-in are a couple of reasons for the lack of success, as well as the difficulties inherent in assessment of these programs.

Wrap-up: This is probably the best book I’ve read on information literacy in the academic library setting. I really liked the focus on theory and research (rather than lore or local experience), and also the emphasis given to the big picture of information literacy programs. 4/5*

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