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Teaching with Digital Badges: Best Practices for Libraries

Thursday, August 22, 2 PM 

It’s never been easy to discern exactly what a person knows just from looking at their transcript, and students often struggle to effectively showcase what they’ve learned to potential graduate programs or employers. Digital badges, also known as micro-credentials, offer a way to recognize students’ mastery of individual skills and competencies—and information literacy skills are no exception.
As part of its efforts to support IL programming, Credo’s InfoLit Learning Community is hosting this webinar for librarians looking to implement  innovative and effective practices at their institutions.

Join University at Albany librarians Kelsey O'Brien and Trudi Jacobson as they discuss the digital badging program they’ve implemented at their library, and outline tips and best practices regarding badging. The presenters, editors of Teaching with Digital Badges: Best Practices for Libraries (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), will provide attendees with lessons learned and advice on how to launch your own micro-credentialing effort and make it a success.

Meet the Presenters


Kelsey O'Brien
Information Literacy Librarian
University at Albany, SUNY

Kelsey O'Brien is an Information Literacy Librarian at the University at Albany, SUNY. She serves as the liaison for the Writing and Critical Inquiry program, a required course for first year students, and enjoys helping students transition from high school to college research. She recently co-edited a book with Trudi Jacobson titled Teaching with Digital Badges: Best Practices for Libraries, and has presented on the topic at numerous conferences, nationally and internationally. She has also co-developed and taught three MOOCs on metaliteracy. Prior to her role as an academic librarian, Kelsey worked as a high school Library Media Specialist and a Youth Services Librarian. Her current interests include gamification and metacognition.


Trudi Jacobson, MLS, MA
Head of the Information Literacy Department
University at Albany, SUNY

Trudi Jacobson, MLS, MA, is the Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany, and holds the rank of Distinguished Librarian. She has been deeply involved with information literacy throughout her career, and co-chaired the Association of College & Research Libraries Task Force that created the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. She thrives on finding new and engaging ways to teach students, both within courses and through less formal means. With Tom Mackey, she originated the metaliteracy framework to emphasize the metacognitive learner as producer and participant in dynamic information environments. She is the co-author or co-editor of 14 books, including three books about metaliteracy and one on digital badging, and numerous scholarly articles.