Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors: 17 Innovative Strategies to Improve Student Learning

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Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors: 17 Innovative Strategies to Improve Student Learning (Doug L. Cook and Ryan L. Sittler, eds) gathers seventeen case-studies using unique instructional methodologies framed by sound pedagogical theory. As the mission of academic libraries has moved away from maintaining collections toward educating users in research methodologies, a need for new approaches to teaching are required. Many librarians come from disciplines other than education and therefore need to upgrade their skills in the area of instruction.

This practical casebook is of great advantage to librarians who have had little formal training in education. Cases included cover the broad spectrum of education from behavioral to cognitive to constructivist. Each chapter is grounded in the educational and library literature and explores the potential of using pedagogical approaches which closely match instructional aims.

Preface - Douglas Cook and Ryan Sittler
Acknowledgements - Douglas Cook and Ryan Sittler
1. Why Should Librarians Care About Pedagogy?
Douglas Cook
Cases Exemplifying Direct Instruction Presenting Large Amounts of Information
2. How Cephalonia Can Conquer the World (Or At the Very Least, Your Students!): A Library Orientation Case Study From Cardiff University
Nigel Morgan and Linda Davies
3. It's Showtime! Engaging Students in Library Instruction
Debbie Crumb and Eric Palo
4. The Clicky Things Rocked! Combating Plagiarism with Audience Response System Technology
Christine Bombaro
Reviewing Information Presented
5. Daily Doubles, Final Answers, and Library Resources
Julie Maginn
Presenting Complex Ideas
6. Making Meaning: Using Metaphor as a Tool to Increase Student Understanding
Susan Avery and Jim Hahn
7. Analogical Storytelling as a Strategy for Teaching Concept Attainment
Anna Montgomery Johnson
8. Keep Them Engaged: Cooperative Learning with the Jigsaw Method
Linda Reeves, Judy McMillan, and Renata Gibson
Cases Exemplifying Student-Centered Instruction Using Dialogue
9. True and Terrifying Stories: Using Peer-Led Discussion Groups to Evaluate Information Texts
Karla M. Schmit
10. Constructing Narrative to Situate Learning in Library Instruction: Counseling an Imaginary Undergraduate
Susan M. Frey
11. Using a Personality Test to Teach Boolean Logic
Kathleen Lowe
12. Plagiarism Instruction Online: Beyond the Citation
Lyda Ellis
13. Web 2.0: Using a Wiki to Extend Learning beyond the Classroom Walls
Carl DiNardo
Using Simulation
14. An "Amazing Race" through the Library: Reality Television Meets Problem-Based Learning
Dawn Eckenrode
Using Students' Experiences
15. Electronic Portfolios as a Means of Authentic Assessment
William Jefferson and Eloise M. Long
16. Picture This: A Snapshot of How Technology Motivates Student Research
Li Zhu and Kathleen Zakri
17. Bringing Them into the Community: Innovative Library Instructional Strategies for International and ESL Students
John Hickok
Using Students' Experiences to Discuss Social Injustice
18. Zines! Librarians and Faculty Engaging Students in Creative Scholarship
Amanda Hornby, Suzan Parker, and Kari Lerum
Appendix: Contributors

Doug L. Cook

Doug L. Cook is Distance Librarian, Ezra Lehman Memorial Library, Shippensburg University (Shippensburg, PA).

Ryan Sittler