Browse Our Categories



Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction eCourse/Book Bundle
Heidi Buchanan & Beth McDonough
Item Number: 1541-9172
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $221.00
Email Friend
  Order Options:  
  Add To Cart  
  Add To Wish List  
This eCourse is now closed. We plan on offering the eCourse again soon. If you’d like to an email alert when we schedule the next session, please complete this form.

Synchronous and asynchronous eCourse beginning May 1, 2017 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourse facilitated by Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough

This item includes enrollment in the eCourse along with the print edition of The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide by Buchanan and McDonough.

Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process!

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Meaningful library instruction in 50 minutes? No problem.

Faced with planning your one-shot library instruction, you no doubt feel hard-pressed to squeeze in all your library has to offer plus tips on the research process in a mere 50 minutes.  Authentic learning with student interaction may seem unattainable. 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, Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough have designed an eCourse where you will experience effective learning activities yourself and be ready to prepare your own.

Buchanan and McDonough are the authors of the popular One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide. The second edition, published in 2017, offers suggestions of how to incorporate The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into one-shot sessions.

The eCourse includes synchronous and asynchronous small group discussions. Save the date for a live webinar. Dates for the webinars will be determined once the course begins. The webinars will also be recorded, so if you are unable to attend live, you will be able to access the archive.

Learning outcomes

  • Participants will develop effective communication and collaboration strategies in order to co-design information literacy sessions with course instructors
  • Participants will employ active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques in order to facilitate meaningful learning
  • Participants will match the best hands-on activities to the students’ stage in the research process in order to make information literacy instruction relevant and meaningful

eCourse Outline

Week One: Communication and Collaboration with Course Instructors

  • Perceptions and misperceptions
  • Conversation starters
  • Push back without being pushy
  • The instruction interview
  • How and when to say NO!

Week Two: Creating a Realistic Plan

  • Teaching vs. covering
  • Usefulness and relevance to the students
  • Threshold concepts
  • Ditch the demo
  • About learning objectives…
  • Timing is everything

Week Three: Active learning strategies

  • Online Jigsaw—experience an active learning technique and learn about additional strategies
    • One minute Paper
    • Fishbowl
    • Think-pair-share
    • Gallery walk
    • Concept maps and graphic organizers
    • Case studies
    • Role Play
    • Games

Week Four: Assessment

  • Why bother?
  • Classroom assessment techniques
  • Making use of the data

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on May 1, 2017. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week as well as participation in a live webinar. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  •    Read, listen to or view online content
  •    Post to online discussion boards
  •    Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructors Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of the class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

At Your Service

Accommodations are offered based on user needs. For transcription or other accessibility requests, please contact us at

Praise for the companion book
The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide

”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

About the Instructors

Heidi Buchanan, a MSLS graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Research and Instruction Librarian/Professor at Western Carolina University, is a graduate of ACRL Immersion and is certified as a master trainer by the State Library of North Carolina. She is also a co-author of One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide.

Beth McDonough holds an Ed.D. from Western Carolina University and a MLIS from UNC-Greensboro. She is Research and Instruction Librarian/Associate Professor at Western Carolina University. She is also a co-author of One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide.


  Also of interest:  
Teaching Information Literacy Reframed: 50+ Framework-Based Exercises for Creating Information-Literate Learners
Item Number:  978-0-8389-1397-0
Burkhardt’s guidance will help instructors create their own local information literacy programs.
Price: $58.00
The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence
Item Number:  978-0-8389-8821-3
Join Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and Douglas R. Dechow for a fun and creative approach to library instruction as they demonstrate how acting techniques can hone your presentation skills, your teaching style, and your performance.
Price: $38.00
Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians
Item Number:  978-0-8389-8771-1
This collection provides teaching librarians detailed, ready-to-use, and easily adaptable lesson ideas to help students understand and be transformed by information literacy threshold concepts.
Price: $48.00