The Data Literacy Cookbook

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). Dec. 2022. 264p. ed. by ed. by Kelly Getz & Meryl Brodsky. ISBN 9780838939253. $82. PRO MEDIA
Editors Getz (STEM librarian, Eastern Michigan Univ.) and Brodsky (School of Information, Univ. of Texas at Austin) offer a collection of essays designed to help librarians teach a broad range of data literacy topics. This collection contains 65 essays, divided across nine sections: “Interpreting Polls and Surveys,” “Finding and Evaluating Data,” “Data Manipulation and Transformation,” “Data Visualization,” “Data Management and Sharing,” “Geospatial Data,” “Data in the Disciplines,” “Data Literacy Outreach and Engagement,” and “Data Literacy Programs and Curricula.” Each of the essays is signed by expert “chefs” in the field and includes links for additional information and learning. The lessons cover a remarkable range of material, from plans for beginners to specialized information on data literacy. Additionally, there are self-teaching modules and suggestions to create credit-level courses for a single class or a full semester. Readers are encouraged to browse the suggested lesson plans and construct their own specialized curricula.
VERDICT An exceptionally useful and well-designed text offering a multitude of suggestions to help librarians create fun and interesting coursework. Best for librarians and instructors of data literacy.
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