“On the fly”: Collaboration between teachers and teacher librarians in inquiry learning

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Education in a post-truth era poses unique challenges for educators supporting youth in developing the critical thinking and information literacy skills needed to navigate an information landscape fraught with fake news, alternative facts, and information overload. Australia faces further issues with a crowded curriculum, funding cuts in education, and underachievement on national and international tests. As trained professionals in information literacy, teacher librarians are in a strong position to guide teachers and students towards achievement of these important information literacy and lifelong learning skills. The purpose of this research was to explore collaboration between Australian teachers and teacher librarians while planning, delivering, and assessing inquiry units supporting information literacy skills. Using a phenomenological case study methodology with six schools, eight teachers and teacher librarians describe their experiences, sometimes “on the fly” as teacher librarian Annie notes, identifying important elements to successful and unsuccessful collaborations including schoolwide culture, time, and relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Literacy in a Post-Truth Era - 7th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2021, Revised Selected Papers
Subtitle of host publication7th European Conference on Information Literact, ECIL 2021, virtual event, September 20-23, 2021, Revised selected papers
EditorsSerap Kurbanoğlu, Sonja Špiranec, Yurdagül Ünal, Joumana Boustany, Denis Kos
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030998851
ISBN (Print)9783030998844
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 06 Apr 2022
Event2021 European Conference on Information Literacy: ECIL 2021 - Online (originally University of Bamberg), Bamburg, Germany
Duration: 20 Sept 202123 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1533 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference2021 European Conference on Information Literacy
OtherThe European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL) is organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University, Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University and the Information Literacy Association.

The seventh ECIL conference will be co-organized and hosted by University of Bamberg from 20-23 September 2021, in Bamberg, Germany.

The 7th ECIL was originally planned to be held in 2020. However, it had to be postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the possible risks to the health and safety of the participants.

Those abstracts which have already been accepted in 2020, will be included automatically in the Book of Abstracts and the Conference Programme of ECIL 2021, unless they are withdrawn. The peer-review for full-texts will start after the second run of abstract submissions is completed in 2021.
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