Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

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

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

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

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Academic Librarianship by Design: a Blended Librarian's Guide to the Tools and Techniques. Stephen J. Bell and John D. Shank. Chicago: ALA, 2007. 171p. $50 (ISBN 0-8389-0939-6).

The foreword to this book begins with a famous quote from Charles Dickens in The Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." This speaks to the changing times in the digital age and their impact on academic librarianship. To be effective, academic librarians must combine instructional design theory with traditional information literacy techniques. This dynamic combination is known as "blended librarianship." By detailing several theories of instructional design, an education-based practice, Bell and Shank challenge their peers in academic librarianship to become blended librarians, and to incorporate elements of instructional design in all their information products.

The concepts of design, implementation, and evaluation may be familiar to most librarians, but Academic Librarianship by Design outlines unique applications to information literacy and library instruction. The authors remind their readers that academic librarians have a responsibility to their patrons as teachers of information literacy. …

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