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The Library Instruction Cookbook
Ryan L. Sittler and Douglas Cook
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8511-3
Publisher: ACRL
Price: $48.00
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196 pages
10.5" x 8.5"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8511-3
Year Published: 2009
AP Categories: I, P

The Library Instruction Cookbook is a practical collection of “learning recipes,” each of which includes a plan for conducting a specific type of learning session and which indicates how the recipe reflects specific ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

The Library Instruction Cookbook is stuffed with recipes from academic librarians from around the world. Chef editors Ryan Sittler and Doug Cook have gathered 97 of the best lesson plans to spice up the student experience. Recipes meet the learning goals of the following occasions:

  • Library Orientation
  • Teaching Basic Library Skills
  • Teaching Citations and Plagiarism
  • Evaluating Various Types of Resources
  • Teaching Specialized Research Skills
  • Teaching Discipline Related Research
  • Teaching with Technology

    Each recipe is accompanied by the following teaching and planning aids:

  • Main Cooking Technique
  • ACRL Information Dietary Standards Addressed (ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards)
  • Main Ingredients
  • Preparation Steps
  • Allergy Warnings

    This book is appropriate for college, university, and community college libraries with instruction programs. It is also appropriate for schools of library and information science.

    Table of Contents

    Avoiding a Recipe for Disaster: Skirting Bad Instruction


    Whipping up an Appetite for Academic Journals
    Jacqui Weetman DaCosta

    READ Posters: A Favorite Mezze with a Middle Eastern Flavor
    Nancy Fawley

    An Eight-Course Library Meal
    Alison Gregory

    Basic Appetizers with a Twist
    Cindy Gruwell

    So, You’ve Visited the Library for Instruction Before? Prove it!
    Lauren Jensen

    Book ‘Em!
    Lilia Murray

    Einstein’s Universe
    Robert Schroeder

    Ethnographers for an Hour 
    Nancy Noe

    The Librarian, the Web, and the Wardrobe: The Library Homepage as a Portal to Librarnia
    Emaly Conerly and Kelli Williams

    Library BINGO!
    Katherine O’Clair

    LC Face-Off
    Jackie AlSaffar

    Stone Soup
    Jennifer Hughes, Allison Faix, Jamie Graham, and Lisa Hartman

    Get Connected: A Challenge Board Game
    Denise Pan

    Orientation Happytizer: The Library Welcomes New Freshmen
    Jenny Horton

    Tailgate @ the Library (Everything’s INSIDE the Library)
    Nancy Noe


    Boolean Simon Says
    Janine Odlevak

    Boolean a la Chinese Menu
    Sara Rofofsky Marcus

    Catalogs, Databases, and Firefighters! Oh My!
    Michelle Price

    The Coffee Can Appetizer
    Virginia L. Cairns

    Database Cafe
    Lai Kei Pang and Musarrat Begum

    Krafting Keywords from Topics
    Justine Martin

    Keyword Reduction Sauce
    Robert S. Nelson

    Taming the Taboo
    Jason Dupree

    Why Won’t the Database Answer My Question?
    Lyda Ellis

    Chocolate Upside-down Research Process
    Mary Francis

    Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Find: A Five-Course Banquet
    Carol Howe

    They Are Already Experts
    Sara Miller

    Sauté Your Own Search Interface
    Shannon Pritting and Karen Shockey

    Whet Their Appetites: A Warm-Up Appetizer
    Jenifer Sigafoes Phelan

    On the Campaign Trail: Parboiling Popular Presidential Pundits
    Beth E. Tumbleson


    Broken Citations: Recreating a Bibliography
     Smita Avasthi

    Bibliographic Barbecue
    Cassandra Jackson

    Citation Station Deluxe
    Catherine Johnson

    Bib Salad: Finding the Full Text of the Sources They Cited
    Stephanie Rosenblatt

    Sugar and Spice and How to Cite Nice
    Elaine Kushmaul and Steven Osler

    Plagiarism Happens: Don’t Let it Happen to You
    Elaine Kushmaul and Steven Osler


    Wikipedia v. Google v. The Library: Who´s your Research SuperChef?
    Carrie Donovan and Rachel M. Slough

    Google vs. Academic Search Premier: The Evaluation Challenge
    Andrea Falcone

    To Google or Not to Google: That is the Question! (A Wiki Can Help You Decide)
    Carolyn Meier

    Wikipedia: Appetizer of Choice!
    Sara R. Seely

    I Once Touched an Elephant’s Trunk: Where Do Primary Sources End and Secondary Sources Begin?
    Bonnie Imler

    Meet the Presidents: An Introduction to Primary and Secondary Sources
    Amanda Nash

    Sardines or Salmon? What’s the Difference?
    Jason Dupree

    Grilled, Choice-Cut Periodical Strips (with Evaluation Sauce)
    Oliver Zeff

    Snap or Clap: Scholarly or Popular?
    Lorin Fisher

    Internet Taste-Test: Evaluating Websites
    Amanda K. Izenstark and Mary C. MacDonald

    Not All Web Sites Smell Bad—Infusing the Internet with the Essence of Evaluation
    Allison Carr

    CABLE Cook-off: Learning to Evaluate Web Sites
    Christina Chester-Fangman

    Lettuce Help You Separate the Wheat from the Chaff! A Healthy Approach to Using the Web Effectively
    Nigel Morgan and Linda Davies

    The Art of Choosing the Very Best Ingredients—Website Evaluation 101
    Vivian Milczarski and Jacqueline Ryan


    Cooking with the Past: A Hands-On Approach to Interpreting Primary Sources
    James Gerencser and Malinda Triller

    Annotated Bibliographies: The Good, The Bad, and The…Tasty?
    Sara R. Seely

    “X” Marks the Spot: Using Concept Maps to Find Hidden Treasures
    Emaly Conerly and Kelli Williams

    Cooking up Concept Maps
    Abigail Hawkins, Jennifer Fabbi, and Paula McMillen

    Database du Jour
    Theresa Westbrock

    Developing a Taste for Government Documents
    Lauren Jensen and Lynn Daw

    A Scoop of New with a Dash of Review! Using Bibliographic Management Software
    Dee Bozeman

    Eating Forbidden Fruit: Censorship, Intellectual Freedom, and Banned Books
    Nicole A. Cooke

    Research Your Way Past Writer’s Block
    Melissa Bowles-Terry and Merinda Hensley

    Haiku, Self-Reflection, and the Research Process
    Thomas Scott Duke and Jennifer Diane Ward

    The Sous Chef Takes Center Stage: Using Experienced Students to Teach Their Classmates
    Veronica Arellano

    Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: Deconstructed Literature Review with Small Groups
    Yvonne Nalani Meulemans

    Can I do the “Ghosts of Gettysburg” for My Paper?
    Doug Cook

    How Did the Civil Rights Movement Prompt the Anti-War Movement during the Vietnam Era?
    Danelle Moon and Nyle Monday

    Discovering the Value of Reference Sources
    Shireen Deboo


    The Art of Database Searching
    Dawn Eckenrode

    “I Just Need One More Piece of Business Information!”
    Aaron W. Dobbs

    MeSHed Potatoes and Gravy
    Alice L. Daugherty and Michael F. Russo

    Garnishing Literacy Instruction with Google
    Cynthia Crosser

    Whipping up the “Why” Paper: Inquiry into Diverse Perspectives
    Jennifer Fabbi, Paula McMillen, and Abigail Hawkins

    Alphabet Soup: Using Children’s Literature Databases to Plan Lessons on Letters of the Alphabet
    Kelly Heider

    Now I Know My ABC’s (of Children’s Literature)
    Sara Holder

    Utilizing (Bridge) Failure to Ensure Information Literacy Success
    Eric Resnis

    Undergraduate English Potpourri: Peer Teaching of Periodical Indexes
    Robin Bergart

    Digging for Information Artifacts
    Melissa Becher

    Fact Check au jus
    Michael F. Russo and Alice L. Daugherty

    Beaten and Whipped Bias
    Monique Delatte

    Picking the Right Search Ingredients: Brainstorming and Evaluating Keywords in an Upper-level Psychology Course
    Veronica Arellano

    Chewing Over Cultures: Learning about New Languages and Cultures
    Suzanne Bernsten and Mary LaVigne

    Emergency Preparedness Drill with Dessert
    Anne Marie Gruber

    Armchair Analysis: Filleting Fictional Afflictions à la PsycINFO
    Melissa Mallon

    Brewing Literacy in the Chemistry Lab: Introducing SciFinder Scholar
    Ignacio J. Ferrer-Vinent

    Cited Reference Searching: Who is Citing my Professor?
    Sara Penhale

    Close Encounters of the IL Kind
    Ryan Sittler

    Does the Library Have Any Books About Women? Finding and Evaluating Sources About Female Movers and Shakers in the United States
    Sharon Ladenson

    Mashing Media Mentions of Scientific Studies: Tracing Newspaper Articles Back to Their Sources
    Julie Gilbert


    Blogging: Creating an Online Community
    Karla M. Schmit, Anne Behler, and Emily Rimland

    Company Research: A “Clicker” Way to Do It
    Karen Anello and Mia Kirstien

    The Cite Is Right! A Game Show about Academic Integrity
    Laura Braunstein

    Do-It-Yourself Library Basics
    Amelia Brunskill

    Clicker Crudité
    Jenifer Sigafoes Phelan

    Caramelizing Classroom Community with Clickers
    Krista Prock and William Jefferson

    Linking Citations to the Virtual World: Folding Facebook into Scholarship
    Deborah Hicks and Virginia Pow

    Assessment à la mode: Online Survey
    Jenifer Sigafoes Phelan

    Toasting Tags and Cubing Keywords with Flickr Photos: Flickr Keywording/Tagging Exercise
    Nancy Noe

    QuickWiki: Constructing a Collaborative Cassoulet
    Laura Braunstein

    Whipping up Webcasts
    Lisa Gieske

    About the Editors
    Ryan L. Sittler is Instructional Technology/Information Literacy Librarian, and Assistant Professor, California University of Pennsylvania (PA). Dr. Douglas Cook is Reference Librarian and Professor, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (PA).


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