Teaching Metaliteracy in the Religious Studies Classroom

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Marianne Delaporte Kabir
Sanjyot Walawalkar


This paper reflects upon the collaborative work between a professor and a librarian, who constructed a course on religious communes in the United States implementing the seven elements of metaliteracy as put forth by Jacobson and Mackey (2013). The shifting terrain of information literacy is hard enough for librarians to traverse, but it can feel insurmountable for professors in the classroom. Working side by side with a librarian can be one of the most fruitful ways for professors to advance in this field. The seed for this project came from a collective intent to create lifelong learners with strong habits of inquiry rather than merely teaching students discrete search strategies and skills. By using technology and team based learning, we opened up students to a critical yet empathetic understanding of religion and to help them develop as informed users and creators on the internet.


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Marianne Delaporte Kabir, Sacred Beginnings Workshops

Marianne Delaporte Kabir currently runs Sacred Beginnings Workshops, working with mothers around issues of spirituality. She is professor emeritus at Notre Dame de Namur University where she chaired the department of philosophy and religious studies. She holds a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and an MA from the Graduate Theological Union.

Sanjyot Walawalkar, Skyline College

Sanjyot Pia Walawalkar currently works at Skyline College as Outreach and Equity Librarian. Prior to that she worked at Notre Dame de Namur University as Instructional Design Librarian. She holds an MLIS from Kent State University; an MA in German from Ohio State University; and an MA in English Literature from University of Mumbai.