New from ACRL – “The Data Literacy Cookbook”

ACRL announces the publication of The Data Literacy Cookbook, edited by Kelly Getz and Meryl Brodsky. This latest offering in the ACRL cookbook series contains a multitude of approaches to and lesson plans for teaching data literacy.

Today’s students create and are confronted with many kinds of data in multiple formats. Data literacy enables students and researchers to access, interpret, critically assess, manage, handle, and ethically use data. The Data Literacy Cookbook includes simple activities to self-paced learning modules to for-credit and discipline-specific courses. Sixty-five recipes are organized into nine sections based on learning outcomes:

  1. Interpreting Polls and Surveys
  2. Finding and Evaluating Data
  3. Data Manipulation and Transformation
  4. Data Visualization
  5. Data Management and Sharing
  6. Geospatial Data
  7. Data in the Disciplines
  8. Data Literacy Outreach and Engagement
  9. Data Literacy Programs and Curricula

Many sections have overlapping learning outcomes, so you can combine recipes from multiple sections to whip up a scaffolded curriculum. The Data Literacy Cookbook provides librarians with lesson plans, strategies, and activities to help guide students as both consumers and producers in the data life cycle.

The Data Literacy Cookbook is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.