Tom Mackey is Professor in the Department of Arts and Media at Empire State College, State University of New York. His research and publications investigate the many dimensions of metaliteracy, a concept he developed with Trudi E. Jacobson. Tom and Trudi co-authored the first book on this topic Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners and co-edited their most recent volume Metaliteracy in Practice. In addition they co-authored Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy for College & Research Libraries. This was the first article that originated the concept of metaliteracy. Tom is a member of the Editorial Board of Open Praxis, the peer reviewed academic journal focused on open education published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
Trudi E. Jacobson is the Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University Libraries, University at Albany. Her interests include metaliteracy, active and team-based learning, and student motivation. She has collaborated frequently with Tom Mackey, including editing four volumes on aspects of collaboration between librarians and faculty members. She is the co-author of Motivating Students in Information Literacy Classes (2004) with Lijuan Xu. She recently co-chaired the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force. The work of that Task Force has been filed by ACRL as the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.