Academic Librarianship by Design: A Blended Librarian's Guide to the Tools and Techniques

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"The future of academic librarianship depends on our collective ability to integrate services and practices into the teaching and learning process…Our goal is to raise awareness, promote the contributions librarians can make, and create change."
--Steven J. Bell and John D. Shank

Change is unfolding at a furious pace for academic librarians, where even predictions of obsolescence abound. This new vision for designing the future of academic libraries enables librarians to become indispensable partners in the college teaching endeavor by integrating themselves into the instructional process.

Learn why enhanced capabilities in instructional design and technology, the "blended librarian skill set," is so critical. Then use the authors' modified instructional design "ADDIE model" to:

  • Improve collaboration with faculty, researchers, and students to become an instructional partner
  • Connect with learners by applying design thinking to develop and enhance library services
  • Provide new tools for sharing information literacy and research process insights
  • Take leadership initiative to integrate the academic library and librarian into the teaching and learning process

    Scenarios, case studies, and profiles throughout illustrate the successes that real "blended librarians" are having on campuses. This practical, hands-on guide expands the possibilities for academic librarians in public service, reference, instruction, information literacy, and even library and information science students.

  • Steven J. Bell

    Steven J. Bell is associate university librarian for research and instructional services at Temple University. He is cofounder, with John Shank, of the Blended Librarian's Online Learning Community, where academic librarians explore their changing roles on the Learning Times Network. He earned is EdD at the University of Pennsylvania.

    John D. Shank

    John D. Shank is instructional design librarian and director of the Center for Learning Technologies for Pennsylvania State University's Berks campus. He has presented at regional and national conferences and for hundreds of faculty development workshops, lectures, and seminars. He has authored and coauthored articles and book chapters on integrating instructional technology into library services.

    "Highly recommended for academic librarians and any librarian interested in better decision-making."
    -Library Journal

    "An excellent job introducing the concept of design thinking and applying a seemingly corporate strategy to the library profession."
    -Journal of Academic Librarianship

    "Can help position the library as a technology leader."
    -American Libraries