As undergraduate possibilities for study and service abroad increase and develop strategically to address local community needs in settings in the Global South, there is greater opportunity for academic librarians to contribute expertise in supporting and facilitating student learning and engagement with research and information concepts and processes. Education abroad experiences are considered high-impact educational practices and, as such, provide excellent vantage points from which to consider contextualizing engagement with the expanded construct of information literacy as described in ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Utilizing a case study of a pilot project, this chapter focuses on initial work to incorporate critical information literacy concepts into international applied learning settings. The setting for this case study is the Monteverde Institute (MVI) in Costa Rica, a Costa Rican non-profit organization that provides a teaching and learning setting and essential infrastructure for North American education abroad programs.
education abroad, information literacy, Costa Rica
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Kutner, L. (2019). Undergraduate education abroad in community settings: Pedagogical opportunities for librarians. In Y. Luckert & L.I. Carpneter (Eds.), The Globalized Library: American Academic Libraries and International Students, Collections, and Practices (pp. 299-314). Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.