Foundations of Information Literacy

ALA Neal-Schuman. Nov. 2021. 264p. ISBN 9780838949702. pap. $64.99. PRO MEDIA
In this ambitious textbook, Green Taylor (library science, Univ. of South Florida Sch. of Information) and Jaeger (information studies, Univ. of Maryland)—the coauthors of Foundations of Information Policy—team up once again to take a deep dive, in a very crowded market, of the past, present, and future of information literacy and associated issues. The authors offer a detailed look at information, literacy, and information behavior before delving into the history, intent, and utility of the main topic. They introduce a new definition of the term to function as a lens to examine scope and influence. Most notable are the number of pages devoted to misinformation, disinformation, and illiteracy, while considering the many complexities of electronic information. Like many textbooks, chapters end with groups of helpful questions serving as primers for further discussion. Worthy of mention, there is an overuse of partisan examples throughout the text, which diminishes the overall goal of this well cited resource.
VERDICT This textbook may be of interest to a niche audience in information science.
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