Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

First Year Student Library Instruction Programs

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

First Year Student Library Instruction Programs

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Comp. by Debbie Malone and Carol Videon. CLIP Note #33. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2003. 176p. $26 (ISBN 0-8389-8230-1). www.ala.org.

Why reinvent the wheel? During times of economic shortfalls and possible staff reductions, it is prudent for librarians to look for ways of improving or expanding library instruction programs without starting from square one. In standard CLIP Note format, Malone and Videon provide examples of competencies, course syllabi, online tutorials, and library exercises used by roughly forty college and university libraries that can be adapted for use in other institutions.

Since the ACRL approved "Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education" in January 2000, many academic libraries have articulated competencies for students at various educational levels. If your institution is one that has not yet developed or recently updated competencies, this book provides thirteen examples presented in various levels of detail. Online tutorials are also becoming more commonplace in academic libraries. Malone and Videon provide examples of five tutorials that are designed to assist users with various steps of the research process. One tutorial even includes information and an exercise on copyright--an issue that has gained importance on campuses in recent years. This book would complement Designs for Active Learning: A Sourcebook of Classroom Strategies for Information Education (ACRL, 1998), as it provides librarians with concrete examples of materials that could be used in any institution. …

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