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The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide, Second Edition
Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1486-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $50.00
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168 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1486-1
Year Published: 2017
AP Categories: A, I

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The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is good news for one-shot instructors. With its six frames and conceptual approach you’re freed from a long list of outcomes and can instead focus on big ideas. The new edition of this concise guide will help you stay organized and use your limited time wisely. With guidance that will help students sharpen their critical thinking skills, use better sources, improve their understanding, and avoid plagiarism, this book covers
  • creative solutions for real-life problems, such as a difficult assignment or controversial topic, illustrated with 13 vignettes from professionals in the field;
  • efficient assessment despite limited time or resources;
  • specialized settings like an online class or classroom without computers;
  • practical ideas on instruction for the six frames;
  • choosing the right lesson for the right student at the right time;
  • how to use concept maps; and
  • creating assignments for active learning and experiential learning.
Filled with strategies to guide students towards meeting instructors’ expectations for critical thinking, this resource will also empower librarians to 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 Buchanan
is a research and instruction librarian and professor at Hunter Library, Western Carolina University, where she also serves as information literacy instruction coordinator. Her MSLS is from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program and a certified North Carolina Master Trainer.

Beth McDonough
is a research and instruction librarian and associate professor at Hunter Library, Western Carolina University. Her MLS is from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Beth recently completed her EdD in leadership of curriculum and instruction at Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on critical information literacy.

”Concise, up-to-date ... A terrific resource for instruction librarians at all experience levels."
— Library Journal

“The book covers practical ideas on using the six frames, inspired solutions for difficult assignments, vignettes from actual librarians in the field, assessment techniques, and suggestions for how to make information literacy relevant to students ... [it] will inspire instruction librarians to move beyond traditional bibliographic instruction, such as 'click here, go there' demonstrations of library resources, to more engaging information literacy instruction sessions.”
— Reference & User Services Quarterly

“Filled from cover to cover with strategies to guide students utilizing library resources.”
— Library Bookwatch

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