Teaching & Learning Information Literacy Skills: Textbooks for Students & Books for Instruction Librarians


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The Teaching Methods Committee updates the "Teaching and Learning Information Literacy Skills: Textbooks for Students and Books for Instruction Librarians" web-based ACRL/IS documents. This ongoing project includes reviews of information literacy books for use by instruction librarians in their teaching, and reviews of student textbooks which librarians may choose to use in for-credit information literacy courses. The Committee continues to identify and review new books, and to add in-print status of existing titles in this web bibliography.

Project Steps

  • Chair and interested committee member(s) will lead this project; all committee members will be involved in some aspect of the work.
  • Chair will provide all committee members with the latest version of the bibliography for review.
  • Committee members will search for new titles to review and submit these to project leader(s). Project leader(s) will assign new titles to committee members to locate reviews, confirm in-print status, availability of purchase, price, and (optional) to write brief reviews for assigned titles.
  • Committee members will submit their reviews and status confirmations to project leader(s), who will compile the additions. Chair will distribute this draft to all committee members for proofing and review.
  • Committee members will verify current in-print status and current prices for all works already on the bibliography. Committee members will submit lists of any outdated and out-of-print works to project leader(s). Chair will make final decision on titles to be removed, with input from the committee.
  • After review and approval by Committee, Chair will submit new titles and annotations to the Executive Committee liaison for approval by the Executive Committee.
  • When Executive Committee approval is received, new titles and reviews will be incorporated into the bibliography web page by a committee volunteer. The new content will be forwarded (as html) to web administrators to upload to the Teaching Methods web pages.
  • Update the sentence at the top of each bibliography: “All titles are in print as of …” 
  • The success of the project is measured by the completion of updates, approval by the Executive Committee, and uploading new content to the Teaching Methods web pages.

Title Selection and Updating the List

Criteria for selecting titles on the "Books for Instruction Librarians" list:

  • Must be a recently published work (newly released)
  • Must be in print
  • Must be a work on information literacy for use by instruction librarians in their teaching
  • For current titles on the list: Determine if work is outdated or should no longer be recommended. If it is deemed outdated or no longer recommended, explain why and mark it for potential removal from the list. Chair will make final decision on titles to be removed with input from the committee.

Criteria for selecting titles on the "Textbooks for Students" list:

  • Must be a recently published work (newly released within the last two years)
  • Must be in print
  • Must be a student textbook which librarians may choose to use in for-credit information literacy courses
  • For current titles on the list: Determine if work is outdated or should no longer be recommended. If it is deemed outdated or no longer recommended, explain why and mark it for potential removal from the list. Chair will make final decision on titles to be removed with input from the committee.

Suggested Databases to Search:

  • Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Library Literature & Information Science Full-Text (also known as Library Literature)
  • Academic Search Premier
  • WorldCat
  • Books in Print
  • Amazon

Updating Entries and Providing Reviews

Criteria for updating entries:

For new titles added:

  • Cite the work using the latest edition of Chicago style (author-date system)
  • Include the number of pages and ISBN
  • Verify and include current price - using, for example, the publisher, Books in Print, and/or Amazon price listing
  • Provide a link to WorldCat, using the phrase "Locate in WorldCat." 
  • Provide a "Committee member review" of your own (not required)
  • Must cite at least one published review.  Newly published works may not have reviews; in this instance it is acceptable to not have a published review.

For those titles already on the list:

  • Verify and update, as needed, all information provided (particularly the price and print status).
  • Cite any additional published reviews (required).  Add reviews to any books that do not have a review.
  • Write a "committee member review," if there is not one already written (optional).

Criteria for writing optional reviews:

  • Review must include a specific description of the practices, program, or model addressed in the work
  • Address what the work emphasizes, investigates, concludes
  • State whether the author(s) includes any appendices (e.g., worksheets, assignments, rubrics)
  • Must relay the importance of the work as a teaching textbook for librarians or a learning textbook for students
  • Keep the committee member review brief, approximately 100-200 words
  • Include your name and date of the review

Citation Style

  • Must use latest edition of Chicago style (author-date system)
  • Example: Using Chicago Style 16th Edition (author-date system)

    Staines, Gail M., Mark A. Bonacci, and Katherine Johnson. 2000. Social Sciences Research: Writing Strategies for Students. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.



Updated May 2012


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