Marc Meola

  Humanities Librarian 

African American Studies, Art, Classical Studies, English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Religion

TCNJ Library

Room 216

meolam at

   MLS, Rutgers University, 1997

   MA, Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 1995
   BA, Philosophy, Rutgers University, 1990



   ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS, Past President



   Selected Publications

Meola, Marc. "Chucking the Checklist: A Contextual Approach To Teaching Undergraduates Web-Site Evaluation." portal: Libraries and the Academy 4.3 (2004) 331-344.

This paper criticizes the Checklist Model approach (authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, coverage) to teaching undergraduates how to evaluate Web sites. The Checklist Model rests on faulty assumptions about the nature of information available through the Web, mistaken beliefs about student evaluation skills, and an exaggerated sense of librarian expertise in evaluating information. The Checklist Model is difficult to implement in practice and encourages a mechanistic way of evaluating at odds with critical thinking. A Contextual Approach is offered as an alternative.   A Contextual Approach uses three techniques: promoting peer- and editorially-reviewed resources; comparison; and corroboration. The Contextual Approach promotes library resources, teaches information literacy, and encourages reasoned judgments of information quality.


Meola, Marc, and Sam Stormont. 2002. Starting and operating live virtual reference services : a how-to-do-it manual for librarians. New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers.  



  Selected Book Reviews

  Privacy in the 21st Century: Issues for Public, School, and Academic Libraries, Helen R. Adams, Robert F. Bocher, Carol A. Gordon, and Elizabeth Barry-Kessler. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2005. 247p. $40.00 (ISBN 1-5915-8209-1) portal: Libraries and the Academy 6.2 (2006) 233-234

  Knowledge in a Social World , by Alvin I. Goldman. College and Research Libraries , 61 (2) March 2000: 173-4.