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Re-Imagining Information Literacy with Threshold Concepts-Parker O'Mara

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Published on Jul 1, 2014

2014 CT Information Literacy Conference-June 13, 2014
Manchester Community College
Great Path, Manchester, CT 06040

Parker O'Mara is the systems librarian at SUNY Plattsburgh, a four year liberal arts college in the northeast corner of New York State. Among other duties, he teaches a 1-credit hour information literacy course. Since early 2012, Parker has served on a committee tasked with re-designing this course to better reflect the current information landscape. The Threshold Concept was selected as the design model for this new course.

Built on the threshold concept, a group of librarians recently completed re-imagining information literacy instruction at SUNY Plattsburgh. At Plattsburgh, the 1-credit hour information literacy class is a foundational general education requirement. With several incarnations of the course over the last 30 years, the threshold concept represents a fresh perspective on information literacy. To complete this re-design we had to first 'wrap our heads' around what the threshold concept is really about. Next, we defined what threshold concepts would be included and developed. Lastly, we developed specific objectives for each threshold concept. The result is a set of outcomes and objectives that guide information literacy instruction.

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