1997 ACRL Instruction Section Preconference
Learning to Teach
June 27, 1997
Resource List and Tips Sheet
Consult These Core Resources
- Evaluating Library Instruction: Sample Questions, Forms, and Strategies for Practical Use. Research Committee, Library Instruction Round Table, Diana Shonrock, Editor. Chicago: ALA, 1996.
- Consists of sample questions to build a questionnaire tailored to suit ones unique instructional setting. Detailed information on facilities, materials, course related activities, evaluation of the instructor, presentation and content, and more. Chapters include a short list of related readings. Includes cover letter explaining the purpose of the evaluation, checklists for preparation of the evaluation, and different methods of issuance (short answer or scantron). Keyword index. Glossary of terms. General bibliography.
- Teaching the New Library: The How-To-Do-It Manual for Planning and Designing Instructional Programs. LaGuardia, Cheryl. et al. New York: Neal-Schumann, 1996.
- Consists of a 12-step guide designed to take advantage of the opportunities for teaching presented by the networked library. Topics include defining new library and its clientele, determining instructional need, gaining support for, implementing and maintaining an instruction program, training and continuing education for library teachers. Covers teaching in changed circumstances; at new reference desks, in information arcades and electronic classrooms and via distance learning. Emphasizes rethinking all library structures, the instruction vocabulary and anticipating change. Glossary.
- The LIRT Library Instruction Handbook. Ed. by May Brottman and Mary Loe. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1990.
- The preface states, the purpose of this handbook is to provide practical, step-by-step advice to enable institutions to develop programs based on sound theory and to enable practicing instruction librarians to evaluate and to improve their own programs. Chapters on academic, school, public, and special libraries each address needs assessment, goal setting, methods, evaluation, budget, and public relations for their type of library.
- Learning to Teach: Workshops on Instruction. Edited by Ellen Broidy, Joan Kaplowitz, et al. Chicago: ALA, 1993. Prepared by the Learning to Teach Task Force of the Instruction Section.
- Consists of nine teaching modules covering basic classroom techniques and using new technologies in a multicultural environment. Topics covered include the one-shot lectures, selecting a teaching technique, presentation skills, classroom management, and the psychology of learning. Workshops were designed to develop fundamental skills. Bibliographies accompany each module.
- Mager, Robert. Preparing Instructional Objectives. Belmont, CA: Pitman Learning, Inc., 1984.
- Before you prepare instruction, before you select instruction procedures or subject matter or material, it is important to be able to state clearly just what you intend the results of that instruction to be. An instructional objective states what a successful learner will be able to do at the end of the instruction. Using a workbook approach with guided practice, each chapter poses questions related to developing usefully stated instructional objectives. Different page numbers are listed depending on how the reader answers those questions. Many illustrative anecdotes included.
- Sourcebook for Bibliographic Instruction, edited by Katherine Branch, Carolyn Dusenbury, et al. Chicago: ALA, 1993.
- Updates the Bibliographic Instruction Handbook (ALA, 1979). Designed for both the new and experienced instruction librarian. Useful as introduction to library instruction, a reference book, or as a guide to planning and implementing programs. Covers learning theory, instructional design, teaching methods, evaluation and administration. Contains an annotated selective bibliography.
Use These New Guidelines
- Guidelines for Instruction Programs in Academic Libraries. The ACRL Instruction Task Force, 1996. C & RL News (April 1997) 264-266. See also: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/guidelinesinstruction.cfm
- Designed to assist academic and research librarians in the preparation and development of effective instructional programs. Organized in three main sections: program design, human resources, and support. Topics include: statement of purpose, identification of content and mode of instruction, evaluation and assessment, facilities for instruction and staff, and continuing education for instruction staff. Bibliography lists recent IS publications covering evaluation, objectives and sourcebooks.
- Electronic Information Sources: Guidelines for Training Sessions. Education, Training and Support Committee, RASD. RQ (Winter 1995) 187-192.
- These guidelines are designed to assist individuals preparing to teach any electronic resource. Topics include: purpose, audience level and size, presentation type and format, handouts, hands-on practice, evaluation, and facilities. Topics are addressed in terms of level of instruction: basic, advanced, subject or discipline specific. Glossary.
Surf the Internet
- BI-L is an electronic conference dedicated to discussing ways of assisting library users in efficiently exploiting the resources available in and through the library of the 1990s. A good resource to use to identify like-minded colleagues, to learn about upcoming conferences and seminars, and learn about new resources.
- NETTRAIN is for those involved in teaching the Internet. As the conference is designed for experienced Internet users, new users may want to consider lurking for a period of time.
NOTE: Searching the archives of listservs can be very helpful. Often you will find useful discussions of products, facilities, and teaching techniques.
- Instruction Section. Association of College and Research Libraries
While not a discussion forum, the Website for the Instruction Section of the Association of College and Resources should be consulted frequently. The site lists new handbooks and guidelines, information about upcoming conferences and information on contacting leaders in the field of library instruction. Individuals interested in participating in the Section will find information about current activities, committees, and the committee volunteer forms. Additional information about many of the resources in this bibliography can be located here.
- ALA Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)
Advocates library instruction as a means for developing competent library and information use as a part of lifelong learning. LIRT membership represents all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special) committed to this goal.
Contact Clearinghouses for Copies of Instructional Materials
- LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction. University Library. Eastern Michigan University. Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
Provides information in all formats on all aspects of instruction. An annual institutional membership is $60.00 and includes newsletter subscription. Collections consists of materials developed and contributed by libraries. If you are faced with teaching tough stuff, chances are a colleague elsewhere has faced an identical challenge. Contact LOEX to borrow instructional materials in a variety of formats. When you produce excellent instruction materials, contribute them to LOEX and share them with colleagues.
- California Clearinghouse for Library Instruction (CCLI)
Begun in 1973, CCLI consists of two regional steering committees (north and south) who meet regularly to exchange information and plan. Produces a newsletter. Sponsors programs. Membership is $10 per year.
- ACRL/CNI Internet Education Project
A project of the Emerging Technologies Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section. Designed to distribute exemplary instructional materials concerning networked information resources and the Internet. Librarians and other have begun to contribute their instructional materials. Visit often for added features.
Participate in Conferences and Professional Meetings
LOEX also sponsors an annual library instruction conference each May. This conference focuses on current issues in instruction and the proceedings are published. For information, contact at address above.
LOEX of the West was started in 1994. Offers a conference every two years. Seattle, 1996; Utah, 1998; Hawaii, 2000. (Unaffiliated with LOEX).
Workshop in Library Instruction Annual Conference (WILU). Annual meetings in May at Canadian Universities. The 27th Workshop will be hosted by Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, May 20-22, 1998. Contact person: Corinne Laverty. Chair, Steering Committee. Stauffer Library Queens University. Kingston (Ontario) K7L 5C4. Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel.: (613) 545-6000, ext. 5568. Fax: (613) 545-6217.
Join your local, regional, state or national library association. Make contact with an instruction interest group, roundtable, or section. Get to know others in your local area who share your interests and challenges.
Visit Services Available on Most College and University Campuses
Faculty Assistance Centers -- Many college and universities have set-up an office to improve instruction campus-wide. Staff members assist faculty in designing new courses, in revising existing courses, and in developing new teaching techniques. Names vary from campus to campus. Some examples: Center for Teaching Excellence, Center for Instructional Technology, Center for Excellence in Teaching.
Schools, Colleges or Departments of Education. Review course offerings. Contact and get advice from faculty who teach courses in educational methods and instructional technology. Audit or take the course for credit. Use those tuition benefits.
Campus Computing Centers. Many computing centers provide training in software packages including presentational software. If the computing staff is not offering training, the staff might be able to advise where to obtain training locally.
Bibliography developed by the Management of Instructional Services Committee, Abigail Loomis, University of Wisconsin, Chair. Compiled and edited by Kari Lucas, University of California at San Diego and Marcella Stark, Southern Methodist University with contributions by Cindy Pierard, University of Kansas and Cynthia Levine, North Carolina State University.
Produced by Kari Lucas.