Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Teaching Technology: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Teaching Technology: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians

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By D. Scott Brandt. How-to-Do-It Manuals for Librarians, no. 115. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2002. 215p. $55 (ISBN 1-55570-426-3). www.neal-schuman.com.

Library instruction has undergone a tremendous transformation since the introduction of user-focused information technologies. Instruction now involves the teaching of complex strategies for searching databases and evaluating Internet resources. How should students be educated to live in a technological world that is becoming increasingly complex? This book, grounded in the philosophy of instructional systems design (ISD), introduces innovative educational concepts and techniques to help librarians and other information professionals create technology learning courses, sessions, workshops, and modules. It thoroughly covers all phases of the ISD process--analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation--in a manner customized for the library environment. Each chapter begins with a set of learning objectives for the reader and these objectives together result in a comprehensive approach to learning theory and design.

The rapidly changing environment of information technology requires that librarians rethink their approach to traditional bibliographic instruction. Brandt provides a practical blueprint to build a pedagogically sound, learner-centered library instruction program from the ground up. His book's focus on current information technologies and students' attitudes towards them, provides a framework by which librarians can evaluate current practices and overhaul those practices when necessary. …

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