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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.

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

Monty McAdoo

Monty L .McAdoo has a bachelor's degree in psychology, an M.A. in student personnel services, a second master's degree in library science, and a D.Ed. degree in administration and leadership studies. He is the author of Fundamentals of Library Instruction and Building Bridges: Connecting Faculty, Students, and the College Library (both ALA Editions). He has over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian and currently serves as research and instruction librarian at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In addition to providing traditional library user education, he has developed and teaches an undergraduate class on information ethics and has also taught graduate-level courses in both counseling and research.

"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