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Transforming Information Literacy Instruction

Threshold Concepts in Theory and Practice

by Amy R. Hofer, Silvia Lin Hanick, and Lori Townsend

 

Threshold concepts are the backbone of the revised 2014 ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. Learn how to apply this influential theory in the context of your information literacy instruction.

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July 2018

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 248
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, College Level and Above
  Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Needs and Behavior Practices
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Description

This book provides information literacy practitioners with a thorough exploration of how threshold concepts can be applied to information literacy, identifying the important elements and connections between each concept and relating theory to practical methods that can transform how librarians teach.

A model that emerged from the Enhancing Teaching-Learning Environments project in Great Britain, threshold concepts are those transformative core ideas and processes in a given discipline that define the ways of thinking and practicing shared by experts. Once a learner grasps a threshold concept, new pathways to understanding and learning are opened up. The authors of this book provide readers with both a substantial introduction to and a working knowledge of this emerging theory and then describe how it can be adapted for local information literacy instruction contexts.

Six threshold concepts are presented and covered in depth within the context of how they relate and connect to each other. The chapters offer an in-depth explanation of the threshold concepts model and identify how it relates to various disciplines (and our own discipline, information science) and to the understandings we want our students to acquire. This text will benefit readers in these primary audiences: academic librarians involved with information literacy efforts at their institutions, faculty teaching in higher education, upper-level college administrators involved in academic accreditation, and high school librarians working with college-bound students.

Features

  • Provides an essential, foundational text on the theory behind the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
  • Supplies librarians with the context to frame the work they do with information literacy in the same manner as faculty
  • Demonstrates how librarians sharing pedagogical approaches with faculty enable more cooperative projects, better faculty-librarian communication, and truly integrated librarian instruction
Author Info

Amy R. Hofer, MLIS, is coordinator of Statewide Open Education Library Services at Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, OR. Along with Lori Townsend and Korey Brunetti, she is coauthor of the article "Threshold Concepts for Information Literacy," which won the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award. She received her master's degree in library and information science from San Jose State University.

Silvia Lin Hanick, MLIS, is the first year experience librarian and an assistant professor at LaGuardia Community College, a CUNY institution. She received her master's degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master's degree in English literature from the University of New Mexico. She previously worked at the University of New Mexico as an access services librarian.

Lori Townsend is learning services coordinator for the University Libraries at the University of New Mexico (UNM). In this position, she oversees and coordinates the instruction program for the University Libraries. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of New Mexico and a master's degree in library and information science from San Jose State University. Before joining UNM, Townsend worked as the electronic collections librarian at California State University, East Bay, from 2005 to 2010. Along with Korey Brunetti and Amy R. Hofer, she is coauthor of the article "Threshold Concepts for Information Literacy," which won the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award.

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