Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population, Second Edition

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Information literacy and library instruction are at the heart of the academic library's mission. But how do you bring that instruction to an increasingly diverse student body and an increasingly varied spectrum of majors? In this updated, expanded new second edition, featuring more than 75% new content, Ragains and 16 other library instructors share their best practices for reaching out to today's unique users. Readers will find strategies and techniques for teaching college and university freshmen, community college students, students with disabilities, and those in distance learning programs. Alongside sample lesson plans, presentations, brochures, worksheets, handouts, and evaluation forms, Ragains and his contributors offer proven approaches to teaching students in the most popular programs of study, including
  • English Literature
  • Art and Art History
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Hospitality
  • Business
  • Music
  • Anthropology
  • Engineering

Coverage of additional special topics, including legal information for non-law students, government information, and patent searching, make this a complete guide to information literacy instruction.

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List of Illustrations xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii
Part I: Planning to Teach Information Literacy in Colleges and Universities 1
1. Setting the Stage for Information Literacy Education 3
Patrick Ragains and Mark Emmons
2. Building Strong Relationships with Faculty–Librarian Collaboration 23
Jean Caspers
Part II: Teaching Specific Student Groups and Other Audiences 33
3. College and University Freshmen 35
Mark Emmons
4. Community College Students 47
Ann Roselle
5. Students with Disabilities 65
Adina J. Mulliken and Bernadette A. Lear
6. Tailoring Instruction for Students in Online and Distance Learning
Environments 87
Amy Elizabeth Hughes
Part III: Teaching Information Literacy in Specific Disciplines 97
7. English Literature 99
Janelle M. Zauha
8. Art and Art History 125
Peggy Keeran
9. Film Studies 145
Neal Baker
10. Music 155
Laurie J. Sampsel
11. History 169
Patrick Ragains
12. Psychology 183
Nonny Schlotzhauer
13. Anthropology 201
Catherine L. Cranston
14. Scientific Literacy 217
Elizabeth Berman
15. Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources 229
Allison V. Level
16. Engineering 245
Martin K. Wallace
17. Business 265
Patrick Ragains
Part IV: Teaching Special Topics in Information Literacy 281
18. Legal Research for Nonlaw Students 283
Patrick Ragains
19. Government Information 291
Patrick Ragains
20. Patent Research 299
Suzanne L. Reinman




Patrick Ragains

Patrick Ragains is Business and Government Information Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has published articles in American Libraries, Communications in Information Literacy, Journal of Government Information, Portal: Libraries and the Academy, and Research Strategies, two of which were recognized by ALA's Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) as among the best 20 articles on library instruction published in 1995 and 2001. In 2008 the first edition of this book received the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award from the Instruction Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Ragains is former chair of the ACRL Research Committee and is active in the ACRL Instruction Section.

"If your library has the previous edition, this is not just a surface level of edition change, but rather one that adds to the work and adds meaningful contribution. This work is recommended for information literacy librarians in academic and public libraries."
— Catholic Library World

"I found this information literacy book more practical than others I have read on the topic. Each subject chapter can be used separately by any librarian preparing to teach a college-level class in that discipline. The online and print resources, along with the ‘webextras' available on the publisher's website are plentiful … This book will make an excellent addition to academic libraries and to special libraries, especially in the art, music, or business fields."
— Journal of Library Innovation

"By identifying the major challenges that teaching librarians face, this book acculturates readers to the field of information literacy. Moreover, by offering strategies and resources to overcome these challenges, it gives them the means to become more effective teachers."
— Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Provides essential, useful information on the best methods of delivering and teaching information literacy (IL) in tertiary institutions. Furthermore, it offers information and key points regarding teaching information literacy in different disciplines. That both editor and contributors are well established, experienced professionals increases the book's credibility and usefulness."
— Australian Library Journal