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Building Bridges: Connecting Faculty, Students, and the College Library
Monty L. McAdoo
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1019-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $59.00
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176 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1019-1
Year Published: 2010
AP Categories: A, I

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Packed with useful tips and techniques, this handy guide offers advice on working with both students and instructors to develop successful assignments that integrate your library’s resources. Managing relationships among faculty and students can be complicated, and Building Bridges shows how you can establish effective liaisons, with
  • Tips to alert instructors of the library’s ever-changing resources in order to craft stimulating, up-to-date assignments
  • Straightforward, practical discussion of relationships among students, faculty, and information professionals, and how these groups can work better together
  • Resources, references, and more for librarians who wish to better understand library assignments
The information in this book will help you bridge the gap between the library, faculty, and students to make sure your library’s resources are being utilized to their fullest potential.
Table of Contents

Introduction     vii

Part I         The Need for Bridges: Creating a Context for Success
ONE          Information Literacy and the Need for Effective Assignments 3

Part II         Building a Foundation: Librarian- Faculty Collaboration

TWO          Working with Faculty and the Curriculum 13

Part III          Building the Bridge: Developing Effective Library Assignments

THREE     Common Reasons Assignments Fail 33
FOUR           Using Information Technology 45
FIVE           Writing-from-Sources and Essay Assignments 55
SIX             Term/Research Papers 67
SEVEN      Citing Sources and Information Ethics 75
EIGHT     Assignments in the Online Environment 83

Part IV        Bridge Collapse! Library Assignments That Fail

NINE         Tours 93
TEN        Scavenger Hunts 101

Part V        Crossing the Bridge: Working with Faculty-Developed Library   Assignments

ELEVEN     In the Classroom 117
TWELVE     In the Library 125
THIRTEEN     Some Final Words 133

Appendix A     Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education 135

Appendix B     Defining Moments in Information Literacy 143

Appendix C     Overview of Instruction in American Libraries 147

References     151

Index         153

About the Author

Dr. Monty L. McAdoo is Instructional Services Librarian of the Baron-Forness Library at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. His research interests include faculty understanding and use of information literacy and information technology. He is also interested in the philosophy of library and information science. McAdoo earned his master’s degree in library science at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, and his doctorate of education in administration and leadership studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

"Highly recommended for both experienced and inexperienced academic librarians and should be required reading for Library and Information Science students who are planning to work in an academic library. And the bridge metaphor is fitting because creating a bridge is exactly what academic librarians must do in order to connect with faculty members and students to provide more visibility for library resources and services and to instill recognition of their usefulness. The wealth of McAdoo's real-world suggestions included throughout this guide are priceless, and this reviewer, an experienced academic librarian, plans to try out some of them soon."
--Internet Reference Services Quarterly

"A useful addition to any library in an academic or higher education institution. It is well thought-out both in its presentation and content."
--The Australian Library Journal

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