Last Friday I finally managed to get hold of a copy of the eagerly awaited book Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0 edited by Peter Godwin and Jo Parker.

I started writing a draft blog post about it last Saturday, but I was whizzing through the book so I left it until I finished, which I now have. The book is structured in a very nice, easy to read way – there is an introductory section, a section about the implication of Library 2.0 on teaching information literacy, a case studies section (which is the main bulk of the book), and a conclusion including what may happen in the future.

I found the case studies particularly interesting – most of them were based on academic library experiences although they could easily be applied to other libraries. I’ve heard of quite a few of the initiatives before (e.g. Penn Tags, Going Beyond Google module at the OU), but there were also some new ones there (e.g. using Flickr and Wikipedia in teaching information literacy). I read the book in less than a week (I just wanted to keep reading!), and it’s really inspired me. It’s great to hear about successful initiatives using these technologies to improve information literacy, and has really given me hope (and some great ideas) for our University.

We currently have a project based around information literacy but it’s such a huge area and so many of the academic schools struggle to see the value of our support at the moment sadly. I’d love to be able to adopt some of these new ideas to help improve our presence and value within the University and help our students become information literate.

Anyway, if you are looking for some inspiration or just an interesting read, I strongly recommend giving it a go. Unfortunately it’s out of stock at Amazon at the moment but you can get it from Facet Publishing (with a discount if you’re a CILIP member!). There’s also a blog to accompany the book and add any new developments in the area of information literacy.

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  • I work with Jo Parker and she’s pleased to hear you like it!

  • Thank you for sharing the content of the book. I am interested in buying and reading the book, but a way back then the book wasn’t out yet. Now, it’s out of stock :(.
    I am a librarian in an academic library, in Indonesia. we are planning to provide IL class in the next academic year. It is a new one. IL is not popular yet in our country, we are very late to realize that IL is a very important skill and competency to have.
    I have a blog for me to share my thoughts on IL and library stuff in Indonesian language. Thank you for your sharing

  • I hope you manage to get hold of a copy soon Umi, it really is a very good book.

    Coincidentally, I was at a session yesterday (blog post to come soon!) and met Peter Godwin again as he was the keynote speaker. I saw Peter at the lunch and said how much I had enjoyed reading the book, a couple of other people on the course had already read it and found it inspiring too. 🙂

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  • Guess what Jo, the book are not available to ship to Indonesia. What a pity.

  • Oh no – I’m really sorry to hear that Umi. 🙁