Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

Information Literacy Instruction That Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population (2Nd Ed.)

Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

Information Literacy Instruction That Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population (2Nd Ed.)

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Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population (2nd ed.)

Patrick Ragains, editor. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2013. 342 pp. ISBN: 978-1-55570-860-3. $85.00

In the second edition of Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population, Patrick Ragains updates, expands, and adds to the material in the first edition. As technology changes rapidly and the college student diversity increases, librarians need new techniques and strategies to help students gain important information literacy skills useful for their current research projects as well as for their intended careers. The four sections in the book address planning for information literacy in college and universities, teaching specific student populations, teaching discipline-specific classes, and teaching special topics in information literacy. Ragains clearly expresses his hope for the book, stating that it will "help further our profession's goal of making all of our students information literate - one unique learner at a time" (p. xv).

The first part of the book focuses on information literacy basics, including the current ACRL information literacy competency standards, instructional design and assessment, and faculty-liaison collaborations. The second part addresses specific student audiences: first year students, community college students, students with disabilities, and online and distance education students. Knowledge about the intended audience helps any librarian tailor instruction for the remaining topics covered in the last two parts. Ragains adds three new chapters for anthropology, engineering, and music; replaces two related chapters with one chapter on business; and updates the remaining chapters in agricultural and natural resources, English literature, art and art history, film studies, history, psychology, and scientific literacy. The final part of the book is devoted to special topics in legal, government information, and patents research, which Ragains has rewritten himself. …

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