Teaching Information Literacy Online

edited by Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson

This page highlights select accomplishments from my career as an academic librarian specializing in information literacy.  I tried to add some personal commentary, to go beyond the simple extraction of information from my c.v. Additional information may be found on the Metaliteracy page.


With current and former colleagues in the Information Literacy department, I wrote an open textbook on information literacy: The Information Literacy User’s Guide: An Open, Online Textbook. It was published in the SUNY Open Textbook Program, in 2014.

 Together with Tom Mackey of Empire State College, I edited four books that highlighted faculty/librarian collaborations focused on information literacy:

Teaching Information Literacy Online (2011), Collaborative Information Literacy Assessments: Strategies for Evaluating Teaching and Learning (2009), Using Technology to Teach Information Literacy (2008), and Information Literacy Collaborations that Work (2007). All four were published by Neal-Schuman.

by Trudi Jacobson and Lijuan Xu

by Trudi E. Jacobson and Lijuan Xu

Motivating Students in Information Literacy Classes, written with Lijuan Xu  (Neal-Schuman, 2004) is a book I am extremely proud of. It was selected as the ACRL Instruction Section 2005 Publication of the Year.


I have written or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles. These have been cited the most often. They span many of the years I’ve been writing:

Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson, “Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy.” College & Research Libraries, v. 72 no. 1, 2011, pp. 62-78. (Selected to be included in “LIRT’s Top Twenty” library instruction articles of 2011).

Carol Anne Germain, Trudi E. Jacobson and Sue A. Kaczor, “A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Presentation Formats for Instruction: Teaching First Year Students.” College & Research Libraries, v.61 no.1, January 2000, pp.65-72.

Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson, “Information Literacy: A Collaborative Endeavor.” College Teaching, v. 53 no. 4, 2005, pp. 140-144.

Trudi E. Jacobson and Beth L. Mark, “Separating Wheat from Chaff: Helping First Year Students Become Information Savvy.” The Journal of General Education, v. 49 no. 4, 2000, pp. 256-278. (This article was selected to be included, in abstract form, in a special issue, Best of JGE: Featuring Articles From 1984-2000, v.50 no.4, p.323. It was one of two articles selected to represent the category “Changes Technology Brings to General Education.”)

This one is up and coming, I hope, in the citation count!

Trudi E. Jacobson, “Team-Based Learning in an Information Literacy Course.” Communications in Information Literacy, v. 5 no. 2, 2011, pp. 82-101.

And I think this one was prescient. It hasn’t gotten much attention, and now seems old hat, but at the time, it was quite daring–let users review information sources? What a crazy idea.

Trudi E. Jacobson and Lynne M. Martin, “Merging Critical Thinking and the Electronic Library: A Visionary Perspective of SuperPAC, an Enhanced OPAC.” Research Strategies, v.11 no.3, Summer 1993, pp.138-149.

Professional Contributions

Just two association-related projects that I take great pride in:

I co-chaired ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force from 2012-2015 with Craig Gibson. This task force developed the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The conversation within the field as it surrounding the Framework while it was being developed was engaged and multi-faceted. I’d like to acknowledge the very hard-working members of the task force who stayed the course:  Elizabeth Berman, Carl DiNardo, Lesley Farmer, Ellie Fogarty, Diane Fulkerson, Merinda Hensley, Joan Lippincott, Michelle Millet, Troy Swanson, and Lori Townsend.

Much earlier,  around 1991-92, Esther Grassian and I (and perhaps a third person) created a model syllabus for a graduate library course. This was under the aegis of ACRL’s Instruction Section’s Education for Bibliographic Instruction committee.  I availed myself of this syllabus when I started teaching such a course at the University at Albany in 2005.


Promotion to Distinguished Librarian, State University of New York, 2011.

 Association of College & Research Libraries Instruction Section 2009 Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian of the Year Award.