library.osu.edu/toolkit

About the Toolkit

The goal of the toolkit is to provide a framework for sharing resources, insights and discussions that can enhance the teaching of information literacy (IL) on our campus and to support faculty efforts towards that end.

The Ohio State University Libraries designed and developed this Toolkit and will provide ongoing oversight, development and management of it through a core working group in the Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Office. However we welcome all faculty, staff, librarians and anyone teaching information literacy to join the discussion and log in to contribute (login button located in upper-right corner of toolkit homepage). The Toolkit team can be contacted at toolkit@osu.edu.

Click here for the Toolkit handout that summarizes the purpose and use of the toolkit.

The toolkit consists of tools, blog posts, interactive commenting features, and linking features that allow participants to find and share aids for teaching IL and to deepen their own understanding of IL.

  • Tools are items that are meant to help the toolkit user understand a research process or resource. Tools are items faculty can use for their own enrichment or as an aid for teaching research concepts and resources to their students. Tools will most often take the form of a document such as a lesson plan or rubric, a tutorial, a video, a web site or some other fixed format that has been created for wide use. Think of tools as "consumable goods".
  • A blog post is an idea, discussion item, introduction to a tool, report on research in the field, or any short piece of writing that is meant to add to the conversation about information literacy efforts and considerations. Blog posts are not meant for use as practical tools in and of themselves. They are meant to aid in uncovering the usefulness of tools, to add to the general discourse of information literacy concerns, and to engage faculty thinking on the topic. Instructions for uploading a tool or posting on the blog is available on the Toolkit FAQ page.

About Information Literacy

Most basically Information Literacy is a set of abilities to help students understand scholarship, research, and data in all formats, and to evaluate and use these effectively in their own academic work. As this definition is unpacked, it quickly becomes an intertwined set of abilities that relate to many of the wider educational goals of all disciplines. One definition is provided by the Association for College and Research Libraries.

There is ongoing discussion and expansion of the full nature of information literacy as a metaliteracy that supports other literacies such as digital, visual, and cyber.  Information literacy is not just the ability to gather information in appropriate ways, but also the ability to produce and share information in new social media environments. (See Mackey and Jacobson)