IL Fox – The Virtual Toolbook for Information Literacy Initial Research

Awarded Grant: $10,000

Principal Investigator:

Carol Anne Germain, University at Albany

This IITG funded project consists of conducting preliminary research into the development of an online information literacy (IL) toolbook to promote information and digital fluency. At this time there is no comprehensive information resource to support students’ information literacy needs. This tool is designed to fill a void for students as well as faculty at the statewide, national, and international levels. It will incorporate key information literacy concepts at multiple levels. First, it will provide a dictionary defining pertinent words and terms from the information literacy curriculum, such as proximity searching and cyberterrorism. Second, each dictionary definition will link to a supporting encyclopedia entry detailing each term, with an overview, history, and relevant examples. Additionally, the entries will contain sections designed to spark deeper thinking for student exploration by hyperlinking to relevant sources (for example, the page for Fair Use could link to the online video A Fair(y) Use Tale). Lastly, for pedagogical purposes, the resource will provide access to definition-specific lesson plans (best practice examples) to foster sharing and collaboration across SUNY campuses and beyond.

Co-PI’s and Key Partners:

Tor Loney, University at Albany
John Pardavila, University at Albany

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