Information Literacy and Distance Learning

Jim Nichols

Librarian for Information Literacy, Distance and Online Learning, History and Philosophy

Penfield Library, SUNY Oswego, , 315-312-3549

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Librarians and Libraries: Communities of Practice and Social Institutions

"Books are for use" is Ranganathan's First Law of Library Science. I continue to try to work out what that means for librarians in the age of the internet.

"The 3 Directions" is my model for information literacy situated in undergraduate learning. This blog will help me develop and apply the model.

Humanities, Anthropology and Educational Administration

If you want to make a research appointment with me you are welcome to use my online booking system or send me an email.


Nichols, James T. "The 3 Directions: Situated Information Literacy." College and Research Libraries 70, no. 6 (November 2009): 515-530.

Bosch, William, Jessica Hester, Virginia MacEntee, James MacKenzie, T. Morey, James Nichols, Patricia Pacitti, et al. "Beyond Lip-service: An Operational Definition of "Learning-centered College". Innovative Higher Education 33, no. 2 (2008): 83-98.

Nichols, James T. "Monthly check-up: Using a monthly survey to monitor and assess library and information services for distance learners." Journal of Library Administration 45, no. 3-4 (November 2006): 387-395.

Nichols, James, Barbara Shaffer, and Karen Shockey. "Changing the Face of Instruction: Is Online or In-class More Effective?." College and Research Libraries 64, no. 5 (2003): 378-388.


Jim Nichols is Assistant Coordinator of Instruction and Distance Learning Librarian at Penfield Library, SUNY Oswego. He has worked in reference and instruction services at Liverpool Public Library, Indiana University Bloomington, Walden University, Wilmington College (Ohio), Indiana University East, and the University of Denver. Other academic work experience includes media services; teaching English; and teaching library and information science. His education includes a BA at Oklahoma City University, an MA in English at the University of Oklahoma, an MLS at the University of Denver, and doctoral studies at IU Bloomington in library and information science.

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