Thursday, July 27, 2017

Call: Metaliterate Learning for the Post-Truth World

There is a call for chapters (20-25 pages) for a book to be coedited by Tom Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson: Metaliterate Learning for the Post-Truth World. It will be published by the American Library Association in Autumn 2018. They say "We would like to include both theoretical and applied chapters written by academic librarians, disciplinary faculty from a variety of fields, administrators, and instructional designers that describe and reflect upon the importance of advancing metaliteracy in a post-truth world. We see a particular urgency in editing this book at this time when truth itself is questioned for political purposes, journalism and the free press are constantly under attack, science and climate change are doubted as factual, online hacking is prevalent, online privacy is a concern, and the ability to proliferate false information through circuitous social media networks has become a serious issue. It is profoundly clear that the competencies, knowledge, and personal attributes that define metaliteracy and inform the role of the metaliterate learner are critical in today’s connected and divided world: digital literacy and traditional conceptions of information literacy are insufficient for the extreme challenges we currently face. ... Given the interest in metaliteracy as a model for preparing metaliterate learners as responsible participants in today’s divisive information environment, we are especially interested in expanding the conversation to educators who have developed successful metaliteracy teaching and learning theories and practices to resist these challenges. Overall, how do we best prepare our students for being active and engaged metaliterate learners in today’s environment? ... The book will include both theoretical arguments for metaliteracy in a post-truth world and innovative case studies that respond to these complex issues, all from different disciplinary perspectives, and academic institutions in the U.S. and internationally. The Metaliteracy Learning Objectives featured in our books will be core to the chapters as well."
Send 1-2 page proposals to Tom Mackey at by September 29, 2017. First drafts are due on January 12, 2018. Questions to or
Photo by Sheila Webber: Fortuna, by Helaine Blumenfeld, Canary Wharf, London, July 2017

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