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Information literacy in learning landscapes: flexible, adaptable, low‐cost solutions

Lisa Kammerlocher (Fletcher Library, Arizona State University Libraries, Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
Juliann Couture (Hayden Library, Arizona State University Libraries, Tempe, Arizona, USA)
Olivia Sparks (Noble Science and Engineering Library, Arizona State University Libraries, Tempe, Arizona, USA)
Matthew Harp (Hayden Library, Arizona State University Libraries, Tempe, Arizona, USA)
Tammy Allgood (Hayden Library, Arizona State University Libraries, Tempe, Arizona, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 16 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to describe the rapidly changing learning landscapes academic libraries are facing using a case study of Arizona State University. Flexible, adaptable and low‐cost solutions are available for libraries who find themselves in a diverse learning landscape coupled with economic challenges.

Design/methodology/approach

This case study provides details of the processes for implementing low‐cost alternatives to creating, managing and disseminating learning objects.

Findings

Low‐cost solutions can give libraries an important information literacy presence within the university learning landscape. Locally managed learning object repositories can be implemented with minimal fuss and facilitate faculty and student in a wide range of academic programs access to library learning content.

Practical implications

How to manage learning content in a local learning objects repository to maximize access, use and reuse for faculty, students and librarians. This article describes an option for implementing a learning object repository with few fiscal and personnel resources.

Originality/value

Online information literacy on a budget is within reach for many academic libraries by tapping into the potential of free or low‐cost web resources for creating and managing learning content.

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Citation

Kammerlocher, L., Couture, J., Sparks, O., Harp, M. and Allgood, T. (2011), "Information literacy in learning landscapes: flexible, adaptable, low‐cost solutions", Reference Services Review, Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 390-400. https://doi.org/10.1108/00907321111161395

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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