Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide

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The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide. By Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. I36 p. Paper $40.50 (ISBN: 978-0-83891215-7).

Based on their combined thirty years of experience in information literacy instruction, Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough speak honestly of the challenges and opportunities associated with one-shot library sessions and provide readers with practical, creative, and inspirational resources. The authors begin each chapter with an attention-grabbing title, such as "They never told me this in library school" and "There is not enough of me to go around!" After capturing the readers' attention, they proceed to continually captivate readers which covering relevant topics, such as how to effectively collaborate with departmental instructors, how to create a meaningful session despite severe time constraints, how to utilize active learning activities to engage students, how to instruct in non-traditional learning environments, how to successfully assess instruction sessions, and how to efficiently follow time management strategies. The authors' conversational writing style allows readers to easily grasp and stay engaged in the concepts being addressed. In addition, the authors' use of informative and clarifying tables allows readers to learn visually, and their use of storytelling boxes, such as "Lesson Learned! …

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