Jessica McClean
Open Educational Resources & Practice
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    Digital Information Literacy Hub: About the Collections

    Digital Information Literacy Hub: About the Collections


    The Digital Information Literacy Hub is a curated collection of openly licensed resources that cover a wide range of topics related to digital information literacy. These topics contribute to an understanding of how to find, create, and ethically use information in the 21st century’s global information network.

    This document provides a quick start guide to the hub. Each collection is described to help guide users to the most appropriate content for their needs.

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    This document provides a quick start guide to the Digital Information Literacy Hub. Each collection is linked below and described to help guide users to the most appropriate content for their needs.

    (Banner image shared by under a CC-BY-2.0 license).

    Accessibility of Digital Content

    • Accessibility refers to practices based in the concepts of Universal Design that ensure digital content is easily used or adapted for use by people with disabilities. Accessibility is a crucial part of digital information literacy because it allows people with and without disabilities to access information more easily and helps creators share their work more widely.
    • Search this collection to find accessibility guidelines for digital resources or to learn more about best practices for developing accessible digital content and online courses. Resources in this collection may be relevant to academic coursework but are more generally appropriate for any work that produces digital content.

    Attribution and Citing Sources

    • Attribution means giving appropriate credit to the original author or creator of a work; attribution is often required by the usage terms of a license. Similarly, citing sources is the process of indicating when an idea or quoted material has been borrowed from another source by providing a reference to the original work. Giving appropriate credit for reused material through these methods demonstrates ethical use of information, which is a cornerstone of digital information literacy.
    • Use this collection to find resources about giving proper attribution and citing sources, including citing sources in academic writing, adhering to terms of a Creative Commons license, and avoiding plagiarism. Resources in this collection tend to be user-focused (i.e., providing instruction directly) rather than pedagogical (i.e., providing guidance on how to teach the topic).

    Copyright and Licensing

    • Copyright is a bundle of exclusive rights granted to the creator or owner of a work of unique creative authorship; these rights include the right to use, adapt, copy, perform, and distribute the work. Licensing is the legal mechanism for providing usage rights to copyrighted materials, according to agreed-upon terms between the copyright holder and the user. A digitally literate user of information should understand the basic rights granted by copyright and how it affects them as a creator and consumer of information.
    • Browse this collection to find resources that describe copyright laws in the United States, information about the rights granted by Creative Commons licenses, and instruction on how to ethically use and cite copyrighted and licensed material. Resources in this collection are relevant not only to students in higher education but also to instructors and librarians as users and creators of information, as well as in their instructional roles.

    Data Literacy

    • Data literacy is achieved when a person develops the ability to read, interpret, create, describe, and manage data, including raw data, edited data, and data visualizations. Topics of particular concern in a digital environment are using digital tools to manage and use data, interpreting data visualizations, and evaluating data to understand potential bias or misleading information.
    • Search this collection to find lesson plans and toolkits for teaching data skills as well as instructional materials for learning about using data and creating visualizations. Most of these resources would be applicable to anyone doing data-focused scholarly research.

    Digital Citizenship

    • Digital Citizenship is a term that covers various topics related to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers or the internet to engage with society. Content using the term “digital citizenship” often focuses on K-12 students, but the term is used in this Hub to encompass topics relevant to students enrolled in higher education, including online safety and etiquette, evaluating information, and digital communication.
    • Visit this collection to find student-focused learning materials and activities to build digital citizenship skills. Instructor-focused materials may overlap between this collection and Digital Media Literacy, among others.

    Digital Humanities

    • Digital Humanities is an emerging area of scholarly research that incorporates technology and computers into humanities disciplines. While we may more typically associate digital proficiency with science and engineering fields, the rising interest in digital humanities demonstrates that digital information literacy skills are valuable to and can be applied to all subject areas.
    • In this collection, you will not only find resources that can be used to teach digital humanities and the skills required to pursue research in that field but also some examples of digital humanities projects that in turn can be used to develop digital information literacy skills. As this is a relatively new field, you may also find applicable resources in other collections, such as Data Literacy and Digital Visual Literacy.

    Digital Media Literacy

    • Digital Media Literacy is the ability to understand, interpret, and create content in digital media, formats, and environments. Media content may include formats such as video and audio and may be used for purposes such as news or entertainment.
    • Search this collection for primarily student-focused readings, lessons, and modules on media literacy. Trending topics in this area include fake news, AI, and use of information on social media.

    Digital Visual Literacy

    • Visual Literacy is the ability to understand, interpret, and create visual content; in this Hub, the resources focus on digital formats and environments. As digital tools and software continue to develop, students benefit from learning visual literacy skills as creators (through learning how to use the tools to improve their work) and users (by building competency in assessing and evaluating visual information).
    • Browse this collection to find primarily student-focused modules, lessons, and readings on visual literacy, including emerging topics such as AI and deepfakes.

    Open Pedagogy

    • Open Pedagogy is a teaching strategy that engages students as not only consumers of information but also creators. Using open pedagogical techniques in courses helps students develop skills in areas such as copyright and ethical use of information and incorporates valuable experiential learning. These practices are part of the broader Open movement, so students will typically use or create open educational resources (OER) as part of their learning.
    • Search this collection to find resources focused on designing renewable assignments and incorporating open pedagogical principles into the classroom. These resources are primarily instructor-focused but may include examples or case studies of student-focused assignments and activities.

    Teaching Digital information Literacy

    • The Teaching Digital Information Literacy collection gathers instructor-focused resources from the other collections in the Hub. Visit this collection for lesson plans, toolkits, and teaching strategies.

    Using Digital Resources

    • The Using Digital Resources collection brings together student-focused resources, such as activities, interactive modules, and readings. Search this collection for hands-on resources on core information literacy skills like finding, evaluating, using, and creating information.