(20 Oct 2023) A new book co-written and co-edited by Margaret Phillips, associate professor and associate head of the School of Information Studies, will provide best practices for developing a standards information literacy curriculum to prepare students for the workforce.
Despite the critical role standards play within academia and the workforce, little information is available on the development of standards information literacy, which includes the ability to understand the standardization process; identify types of standards; and locate, evaluate, and use them effectively. Along with experts from Washington State University, the University at Buffalo, and Case Western Reserve University, Phillips provides background information for librarians and other educators on technical standards as well as best practices for collection development.
“This book will help librarians navigate the complex tasks of building a standards information literacy curriculum and developing a standards library collection. These areas are especially important for engineering and engineering technology students as standards are incorporated into their ABET program accreditation requirements,” said Phillips, who serves as Libraries’ liaison to Purdue’s schools of engineering technology, industrial engineering, and nuclear engineering, and serves as the standards librarian.
The book is published through Purdue University Press as part of the Purdue Information Literacy Handbooks. Paperback and hardcover versions are now available. “As a proud supporter of open access, we are committed to releasing many of the electronic versions of our titles free of charge, including this recent publication by Margaret Phillips et al. Boilermakers can download the full pdf-version through our website,” said Justin Race, director of Purdue University Press. Receive 30% off the retail price when you order directly from Purdue University Press by using the discount code PURDUE30.
The press release is here.