Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award

About the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award This annual award recognizes an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment published in the preceding two years. The award honors Ilene F. Rockman's professional contributions to academic librarianship in the area of information literacy. This award is administered by the Instruction Section.

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2017 Winner(s)

Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook

edited by Kelly McElroy and Nicole Pagowsky

“The two-volume 'Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook' balances theory and practical application of critical pedagogy in information literacy instruction for the novice and well-versed librarian,” said award committee chair Maoria J. Kirker of George Mason University. “Bringing together many diverse voices, Pagowsky and McElroy compile approachable and broadly applicable essays, workbook activities, and lesson plans for library instructors to implement in their classrooms and everyday praxis. The committee believed these volumes propel the profession forward as the field continues to work within the context of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.”

In two volumes, the "Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook" works to make critical pedagogy more accessible for library educators, examining both theory and practice to help the busy practitioner explore various aspects of teaching for social justice. These two volumes provide a collection of ideas, best practices, and plans that contribute to the richness of what it means to do this type of work in libraries.

Volume One, "Essays and Workbook Activities," provides short essays reflecting on personal practice, describing projects, and exploring major ideas to provide inspiration as educators begin or renew their exploration of critical pedagogy. Volume Two, "Lesson Plans," provides plans covering everything from small activities to multi-session projects.