The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide

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Faced with planning a one-shot library instruction session, librarians can feel hard-pressed to squeeze in all their library has to offer along with tips on the research process. Authentic learning with student interaction may seem unattainable in only an hour. But it's not. The keys are communicating clearly with the course instructor, developing a realistic plan, and employing effective teaching strategies. With more than 30 years' combined experience in teaching information literacy, Buchanan and McDonough ...
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Overview

Faced with planning a one-shot library instruction session, librarians can feel hard-pressed to squeeze in all their library has to offer along with tips on the research process. Authentic learning with student interaction may seem unattainable in only an hour. But it's not. The keys are communicating clearly with the course instructor, developing a realistic plan, and employing effective teaching strategies. With more than 30 years' combined experience in teaching information literacy, Buchanan and McDonough invite librarians to turn everyday challenges into instruction that is meaningful and relevant for students, supplying the knowledge and tools to make it happen.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Mary Ellen Snodgrass
A grimly unappealing monograph, Buchanan and McDonough’s guide lacks humor and pragmatism. A didactic tone overwhelms the subject matter, as evidenced by the pedantic section on assessment. Modeling is so brief under “Active and Experiential Learning,” “Who Can Help,” “Role Play,” and “Games” that the entries are counterproductive. It is dismaying to find the American Library Association publishing so arid an instruction manual. Reviewer: Mary Ellen Snodgrass; Ages adult professional.
Library Journal
10/01/2014
Buchanan (head of research and instruction services, Western Carolina Univ.; Magic Search) and her WCU colleague McDonough fill a gap in graduate programs' preparation of instructional services librarians by explaining how to make the "one-shot" library instruction session both relevant to the curriculum and worthwhile for students. Drawing upon their expertise in instruction and information literacy, the authors offer practical suggestions on developing collaborative relationships with academic faculty, which they identify as the foundation for "success as a teaching librarian." Acknowledging the limitations inherent in one-shot sessions, the authors discourage generic, tool-focused demonstrations. Instead, they promote conveying "threshold concepts" to students as building blocks in cultivating their research skills. One chapter addresses engaging students through active/experiential learning. Another tackles logistical problems with less-than-ideal rooms and equipment. Beverley E. Crane's How To Teach: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2013) and Patrick Ragains's Information Literacy Instruction That Works (2013) are among many recent books that focus on the theoretical base for effective teaching, but Buchanan and McDonough provide a practical resource by focusing on "the most common form of library instruction," the one-shot. VERDICT A solid guide for any librarian involved with information literacy instruction.—Betty J. Glass, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838912157
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Pages: 138
  • Sales rank: 365,979
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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