Threshold Concepts and Information Experience in IL Professional Education: Curriculum Design for Online Learning

  • Virginia M. TuckerEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 810)


Information literacy (IL) professionals are engaged in teaching, mentoring, and collaboration, roles that call for deep understanding of strategies for navigating the information environment. The relatively new construct of information experience provides insights into these integrative roles and is considered together with the theoretical construct of threshold concepts. Threshold concepts in the library and information science (LIS) domain have been explored for professional search expertise and for information literacy. The discussion extends from the IL professional’s roles to the experiential realm of threshold knowledge in online learning. Practical illustrations of designing online curriculum for information professionals based on threshold concept research findings are provided.


Information experience MLIS education Information professional education Online education Online learning Threshold concepts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of InformationSan José State UniversitySan JoséUSA

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