Call for Chapter Proposals for Metaliteracy in Practice

We are soliciting chapter proposals for a book entitled Metaliteracy in Practice, to be published in late 2015 or early 2016 by the American Library Association. We would like to include chapters written by academic librarians, disciplinary faculty, administrators, instructional designers, and scholars of emerging literacies about successful educational initiatives and instruction that involve metaliteracy. The editors are particularly interested in ideas that are easily transferable, and that include strong components of student metacognition and empowerment. The book will include innovative case studies from different academic institutions in the U.S. and internationally. Given the relationship between metaliteracy and emerging technologies, we look forward to receiving proposals on a range of cutting edge endeavors surrounding social media and digital learning. We are also interested in the application of the expanded Metaliteracy Learning objectives featured in our current book Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners and available here on the blog.

Metaliteracy, which reframes and reinvents traditional conceptions of information literacy, has become increasingly well known since its introduction in Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy in January 2011 in College & Research Libraries. In fall 2013, a connectivist MOOC on the topic was offered and a Coursera MOOC, which fully integrates with a metaliteracy badging initiative, will be offered in spring 2015. In 2014, Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information to Empower Learners was published by ALA Neal-Schuman, which expanded the model in both theory and practice and featured two chapters that examined specific case studies. This new compendium, Metaliteracy in Practice, will complement the first metaliteracy book with chapters from a wide range of institutional and instructional design settings to meet the needs of librarians and other educators who would like to examine a wide array of practical examples focused on student success and empowerment.

The ongoing ACRL process of developing the new information literacy framework has generated lively debates in the field about a number of the its proposed components, including metaliteracy, demonstrating the timeliness of a volume that is based on innovative case studies from the field.

For accepted chapters, please consider using the following sections and overall organizing structure, if this is appropriate for your content:

Related Literature
Institutional or other Associated Context
Disciplinary/Programmatic/Other Perspective
Metaliteracy Case Study
Application of Metaliteracy Learning Objectives
Assessment of the Instruction/Endeavor

This book will be co-edited by Trudi E. Jacobson, Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany, and Thomas P. Mackey, Dean of the Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College.

Please send 1-2 page proposals to Trudi at no later than November 3, 2014. We will make our decisions by late November. First drafts of the completed chapters (20-25 pages) will be due on February 16, 2015. Final drafts will be due by April 17, 2015.

If you have any questions about proposal ideas or about the book, please contact Trudi.

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