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The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide
Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1215-7
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $48.00
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136 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1215-7
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, I

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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 invite librarians to turn everyday challenges into instruction that is meaningful and relevant for students. Supplying the knowledge and tools to make it happen, their guide
  • Provides communication and collaboration strategies to help librarians co-design information literacy sessions with course instructors, including “conversation starters” and talking points
  • Helps librarians focus on how to provide the most useful, relevant library instruction within the limited timeframe of a one-shot session
  • Presents active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques that facilitate meaningful learning
  • Shows how to match the best hands-on activities to students’ stage in the research process
  • Gives solutions to common problems, like handling a less-than-ideal teaching environment, what to do when you’re running short of time, and dealing with difficult students
  • Suggests practical ways to use teaching strategies as assessment, enabling librarians to improve teaching and learning
  • Offers numerous real-world examples and case studies of one-shot library instruction
Filled with invaluable guidance based on decades of classroom experience, wisdom from the literature, and voices from the field, this resource will help librarians become better, more confident teachers.
Table of Contents

Chapter 1
“They Never Told Me This in Library School”

Chapter 2
“The Teaching Faculty Won’t/Don’t ______”: Communicating and Collaborating with Instructors

Chapter 3
“But, How Will I Cover Everything?”

Chapter 4
“How Do I Get Them to Pay Attention?” Classroom Strategies for One-Shot Instruction

Chapter 5
“But My Classroom Is (Online, in an Auditorium, in a Classroom with No Computers)”

Chapter 6
“How Will I Know What Worked?”

Chapter 7
“There’s Not Enough of Me to Go Around!” What to Do When You Become a Victim of Your Own Success


About the Authors

Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough have more than thirty years of combined experience teaching information literacy. An MSLS graduate of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and head of research and instruction services at Western Carolina University, Buchanan is a graduate of the ACRL’s Information Literacy Immersion program and is certified as a master trainer by the State Library of North Carolina. McDonough holds an MLIS from the University of North Carolina– Greensboro, and is completing a dissertation about critical information literacy for an EdD in leadership of curriculum and instruction from Western Carolina University. She is a National Board certified teacher in school library media, and currently works as a research and instruction librarian at Western Carolina University.

”Valuable … many of the exercises and strategies it offers are adaptable to each unique library instruction situation. The work is an excellent addition to the teaching and learning collection of any academic library, especially at universities where information fluency and creative instructional techniques are welcomed."
— Journal of Library Innovation

”Buchanan and McDonough provide a practical resource by focusing on 'the most common form of library instruction,' the one-shot ... A solid guide for any librarian involved with information literacy instruction."
— Library Journal

”Easy to use, with different techniques and approaches to library instruction … a valuable resource for all teaching librarians. Real world examples are mixed with lengthier explanations on types of instruction which give the reader a sense of how to apply these newly acquired ideas."
— Catholic Library World

”Concise, practical, and interesting … provides valuable advice for beginning and experienced instructional librarians."
— Portal

”This book provides extremely useful practical tools for one-shot library instruction, and it is recommended for librarians directly involved in preparing and delivering one-shot library instruction classes."
— Australian Library Journal

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