Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Information Literacy Instruction That Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Information Literacy Instruction That Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population

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Information Literacy Instruction That Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population. Edited by Patrick Ragains. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2013. 342 p. Paper $85 (ISBN: 978-1-55570-860-3).

Newly minted academic librarians, unaccustomed to teaching or unfamiliar with the language of information literacy will immediately recognize the value of Ragain's newest edition of Information Literacy Instruction that Works. By identifying the major challenges that teaching librarians face, this book acculturates readers to the field of information literacy. Moreover, by offering strategies and resources to overcome these challenges, it gives them the means to become more effective teachers.

The opening chapters provide a succinct history of the development of information literacy in academic libraries, an overview of current research and researchers in the field, and an outline of best practices for instructional design. The remaining chapters offer advice on how to tailor instruction to specific student populations (e.g., first-year students, community college students) and academic disciplines.

These practice-oriented, discipline-specific chapters are authored by experienced liaison librarians. Each chapter is intended to be a "road map" to the discipline, describing these users' information needs, their information-seeking behavior, and the resources most important to their research and work. …

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