Thomas P. Mackey, Ph.D., is Vice Provost for Academic Programs at SUNY Empire State College. His teaching and research interests include metaliteracy, information literacy, blended, open, and online learning, and social media. In 2014 he published a co-authored book with Trudi E. Jacobson entitled: Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners for Neal-Schuman/ALA Publishing. Tom and Trudi also published four co-edited books about faculty-librarian collaboration, including Teaching Information Literacy Online (2011). His research articles have been published in Communications in Information Literacy, First Monday, College & Research Libraries, Computers & Education, The Journal of General Education, College Teaching, Rhizomes, The Journal of Information Science, and The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. In 2013, he co-developed the connectivist Metaliteracy MOOC with Trudi E. Jacobson and colleagues from Empire State College and the University Libraries at the University at Albany. Tom is a member of the Editorial team for Open Praxis, the peer-reviewed, international, open access, scholarly journal about research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). He is a member of SUNY Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching and Technology (FACT2) and participated in the Chancellor’s Online Education Advisory Team that recommended adoption of the Open SUNY proposal. He may be contacted by e-mail at


Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World