Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators

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Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators. By Char Booth. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 208 p. Paper $60 (ISBN: 0-8389-1052-1).

Long before my highlighter dried up about halfway through this book, I understood that I should have read it in library school. In fact, syllabi could be built around this book. In Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning, Booth teaches the processes and practices that I learned by trial and error during my first few years as an instruction librarian. Each chapter brims with well-articulated, theoretically-supported ideas that serve to strengthen Booth's main thesis. She insists that librarians need to learn instructional literacy--a combination of reflective practice, educational theory, teaching technologies, and instructional design--in order to be successful classroom teachers.

Part 1 coaches librarians who have never taught before, introduces learning theory, and covers teaching technologies and instructional design. Booth gives excellent advice on writing a teaching philosophy with superb examples, applying the "What's In It For Me" principle, avoiding "The Curse of Knowledge," creating communities of practice, teaching with emotion, and much more. Although Booth's ideas will be somewhat familiar to some of the non-rookies out there, her argument for instructional literacy grows more convincing with every anecdote, piece of advice, and story from the field. …

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