Information Basics for College Students

Information Basics for College Students

by Karen Sobel


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Librarians have long looked for a single, comprehensive text to provide a solid introduction to the art and craft of instruction. With this book, now they have it.

Information Basics for College Students provides critical information and knowledge relevant to library instructors—both for those just starting out in the field as well as experienced and seasoned pros—all in a single volume. It approaches topics directly relevant to instruction, such as preparation, assessment, teaching techniques, and communication with academic faculty. It also provides invaluable guidance for new instructors in developing personal processes by which they can continue learning, such as strategies for evaluating new classroom technologies and recommended national organizations for library instructors. The book also details the various roles that library instructors can play in campus planning and governance—activities that can be instrumental to career growth and advancement.

Information Basics for College Students is essential reading for academic library instructors as well as those who are training to provide academic library instruction. Academic faculty and teachers interested in development of research skills at the college level will also benefit from selected sections of this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598849585
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Karen Sobel, MLS, serves as a research and instruction librarian at the University of Colorado Denver.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Section I What First-Year College Students Really Know 1

1 Information Literacy Skills 3

2 Technology in the Library Instruction Classroom 15

Section II Assessing Needs and Learning 27

3 Assessing Your Students' Knowledge and Needs Prior to Class 29

4 Assessing Learning During and After Instruction 41

Section III Planning Your Instruction 51

5 Teaching, and What Happens Before and After 53

Section IV Special Student Populations 67

6 Nontraditional and Economically Disadvantaged Students and Developmental Readers 69

7 Students with Special Linguistic Needs 79

Section V The Library and the Campus Community 87

8 Collaborating with Academic Faculty 89

9 Librarians' Roles within the University 97

Section VI Continuing to Build Your Instruction Skills 105

10 Keeping Current with Innovations and Methods 107

11 Performing Original Research 115

12 Sharing Your Knowledge with Others 127

Appendix A Goals for New Teachers 137

Appendix B Sample Classroom Assignments 139

Index 143

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