New from ACRL - “The Grounded Instruction Librarian”

For Immediate Release
Wed, 07/10/2019


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Grounded Instruction Librarian: Participating in The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” edited by Melissa Mallon, Lauren Hays, Cara Bradley, Rhonda Huisman, and Jackie Belanger. Across four sections—Pedagogical Content Knowledge/Signature Pedagogy, SoTL Theory, SoTL Research, and SoTL as Professional Development—The Grounded Instruction Librarian engages the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) through different lenses and provides a sense of the varied ways it’s currently being conducted in academic libraries in North America and Europe.   

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning refers to original research and scholarship on teaching and learning practice in higher education conducted by scholars across disciplines interested in understanding student learning, teaching innovations, and transforming higher education. SoTL work is situated in a specific time and place, publicly disseminated, and diverse in discipline, theory, and method. 

Each section of "The Grounded Instruction Librarian" begins with a foundational chapter from SoTL leaders that discusses central questions, highlights important theories and literature, and introduces the SoTL-in-practice chapters that follow. The practical chapters highlight work at the more local level and take a range of forms, from case studies from specific institutions, reflections on individual participation in SoTL work, to explorations of a particular topic or theme. This thorough book can provide innovative ideas and methods to help you use SoTL as a professional development tool, a research agenda, a way to create theory, or for a deeper understanding of your teaching and your students’ learning.

ACRL is also offering a four-part webcast series on SoTL in conjunction with the release of "The Grounded Instruction Librarian." Complete details are available on the ACRL website.

“The Grounded Instruction Librarian: Participating in The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 10,500 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. Find ACRL on the webFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.