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Fundamentals of Library Instruction
Monty L. McAdoo
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1141-9
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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128 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1141-9
Year Published: 2012
AP Categories: A, B, I, J, Z

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Being a great teacher is part and parcel of being a great librarian. In this book, veteran instruction services librarian McAdoo lays out the fundamentals of the discipline in easily accessible language. Succinctly covering the topic from top to bottom, he
  • Offers an overview of the historical context of library instruction, drawing on recent research in learning theory to help the instructor choose the most effective strategies for any situation
  • Shows readers how to assess the information needs of a given audience, how to develop a curriculum for teaching information literacy, and how to fit an appropriate amount of content into the allotted time
  • Addresses the pros and cons of online versus face-to-face instruction
  • Includes methods for publicizing the availability of the library’s learning opportunities
With expert guidance for putting theory into practice, McAdoo’s book helps librarians connect with students as effectively as possible.
Table of Contents


1. Historical Overview of Library Instruction
2. Who Teaches?
3. How Students Learn
4. Pre-delivery Considerations
5. What to Teach
6. Where Instruction Takes Place
7. It’s About Time
8. Characteristics of Effective Instructors
9. Characteristics of Effective Instruction
10. Assessment
11. Challenges to Instruction


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.

"This book is not a comprehensive exploration of library instruction; rather, it is a primer exploring key topics to give a broad overview. It will give beginning and experienced librarians looking to develop and improve such skills the opportunity to become leaders in preparing library users to meet the needs of the information age."
--Australian Library Journal

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