The article linked below was recently published by the Journal of Information Literacy.
Technical Practices Used by Information Literacy and Media Literacy Services to Enable Academic Libraries to Manage the COVID-19 Pandemic
Eugenia de los Angeles Ortega-Martínez
San Ignacio de Loyola University; University of Minnesota Duluth
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Autonomous Metropolitan University
Kathryn A. Martin Library; University of Minnesota
Central Library; National Autonomous University of Mexico
Journal of Information Literacy
v. 16, no. 1, p. 181-193, June 2022
This study analyzes the techniques and procedures that have been developed and the changes that have taken place at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP), both in Mexico, and at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), United States of America. To cope with the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, librarians in these institutions have upgraded their Information Literacy (IL) and Media Information Literacy (MIL) programs.
Design / methodology / approach
This study has a mixed methodology with a comparative analysis. To this end, the data shows the contexts of universities: the communities of students, teachers, researchers and librarians, and the online learning strategies of IL and MIL programs.
As part of the results of the crowdsourcing collaboration between UMD, UNAM and BUAP, the study presents the different online learning communities and their innovations.
Although there is theoretical knowledge of IL and MIL in Mexican universities and the University of Minnesota Duluth, the online learning strategies used by their librarians in this document were intended to provide technical solutions and other options for a virtual work scheme responding to the specific problems presented. by COVID-19. In this case, the framework for creating online library services was designed by their librarians for their communities in the context of the current crisis, even when online services had already been established for more than ten years.
Look for limitations / implications
The technological infrastructure, the professionalization of library staff and the lack of knowledge of new virtual teaching-learning needs.
The practical implications
Analysis of virtual teaching-learning service tools, description of strategies used by library staff, results and feedback.
IL and MIL strategies created in a variety of contexts can be enhanced by library collaboration in a fully virtual setting. Libraries with better technological infrastructure play a decisive role.
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14 pages; PDF.