Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Fundamentals of Library Instruction

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Fundamentals of Library Instruction

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Fundamentals of Library Instruction. By Monty L. McAdoo. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 128p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1141-9).

Drawing on his expertise as research and instruction librarian at the Baron-Forness Library of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, McAdoo offers in this book an overview of library instruction, including how to assess what information students need and how to reach them. The book opens with a look at the history of library instruction, outlining various approaches and terms used. According to the author, instruction must evolve continuously to meet the changing needs of library users. This concise volume, a part of the ALA Fundamentals series, is intended as a primer for library instruction and attempts to fill what the author perceives as a gap in the library literature. According to McAdoo, resources that address library instruction are "noticeably limited" (p. x) and focus on how-tos, specific exercises, or searching methods.

He looks at librarians' role as teachers and the methods they employ to reach students as information proliferates. The ever-increasing amount of information available to library users leads to a continuous need to guide users in its access and use. In his discussion of how students learn and how librarians can reach them more effectively, McAdoo integrates information about learning theories, learning styles, and obstacles to learning. …

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