Foundations of Information Literacy | Information and press center


CHICAGO – It is no exaggeration to conclude that in today’s world information literacy is essential for survival and success; and also that, if left unchecked, the social consequences of widespread disinformation and information illiteracy will only worsen. Thus, its study must be at the heart of any education. But while many books have been written on the subject, “Foundations of Information Literacy,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is the first text to examine information literacy from a transnational, intercultural and inter-institutional perspective. . It is written by Natalie Greene Taylor and Paul T. Jaeger, who previously collaborated on “Foundations of Information Policy”. From this book, LIS students and practitioners will be able to:

  • learn about information literacy in a wide variety of contexts, including academic and school libraries, public libraries, special libraries, and archives, through research and literature that was previously siled in specialized publications;
  • understand why information literacy is not only an information and technology problem, but also a larger community and societal problem;
  • get a historical overview of advertising, propaganda, disinformation, disinformation and illiteracy;
  • acquire knowledge of strategies applied to work with individuals and to solve problems in community contexts;
  • find methods to tackle the pressing social ills caused and exacerbated by disinformation; and
  • obtain tools and techniques for advocacy, activism and self-reflection throughout one’s career.

Copies of the exam are available for instructors who wish to adopt this title for the course. An e-book edition of the text will be available shortly.

Taylor, PhD, MLS, is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the School of Information at the University of South Florida. She has published articles in over two dozen scholarly journals, her research has been published in American Libraries and other professional journals, and she has co-authored five books, including “Libraries and the Global Retreat of Democracy: Confronting Polarization, Misinformation, and Suppression.” She is co-editor of Quarterly library. Jaeger, PhD, MLS, JD, MEd, is Professor at the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of the Museum Scholarship and Material Culture Program at the University of Maryland. He is the author of more than 200 journal articles and book chapters, as well as twenty books. Her research has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. He is co-editor of Quarterly library. In 2014 he was awarded the Library Journal/ ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award.

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