Want to get up to speed on multimedia literacy topics?  Here’s a short list of what we’re reading.


Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners:  This 2014 text by Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobsen provides an expanded definition for information literacy which emphasizes metacognition and includes the ability to create and participate in multimedia-rich, participatory online networks.  The first part of the book describes the idea of metaliteracy and its relationship to other literacies.  The second part of the book focuses upon case studies in which metaliteracy goals were incorporated into courses at different institutions.  You can also catch up on the ideas in the book by reviewing Dr. Mackey’s keynote at the 2015 Summer Faculty Institute.

Metaliteracy In Practice (2016): In this follow up volume, co-edited by Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobsen, Librarians and teaching faculty contribute chapters to this volume which describe creative approaches to teaching information literacy skills through the metaliteracy lens.  Many of the courses and assignments described in this volume focus on multimedia creation sharing within participatory online environments in order to encourage deeper reflection and engagement with information literacy concepts.   

New Media Consortium Horizon Project: Digital Literacy (2016):  This brief report summarizes survey data focusing on digital literacy skills from multiple research organizations and proposes several models for digital literacy.  Also included are initiatives at various US colleges and universities which characterize and promote some of these digital literacy models.

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts (2015):  Edited by librarians Patricia Bravender, Hazel McClure and Gayle Schaub, this text provides lesson plans that tackle challenging concepts in information literacy based upon the Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy.  Included here are lessons regarding teaching students about copyright and Creative Commons, using infographics to understand the value of information, and using visual information ethically in presentations.

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