Giving the One-shot Your Best Shot: Making the Most of One-shot Instruction

Tuesday, 5/17/2022 - Wednesday, 5/18/2022
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

In spite of the increasing complexity of the information landscape and the importance of learning how to navigate it effectively, one-shot sessions continue to be the primary format for teaching information literacy classes. Librarians must consider how to integrate faculty expectations and the expansive core concepts of the Framework for Information Literacy into a single, limited time period. It can feel like a struggle to create engaging and effective lessons. In spite of the difficulties, librarians have found innovative ways to address the one-shot’s constraints. In this e-forum, participants will discuss options and share effective and inventive ways to maximize the effect of the infamous one-shot. 

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Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will explore:

  • Best practices for one-shot instruction
  • Ideas for engaging students in the lesson
  • Tips for communicating with faculty about the lesson

Who Should Attend

Academic librarians or anybody else involved in teaching information literacy.


Jennifer Batson has been teaching information literacy classes for six years. In addition to her MLS from Texas Woman’s University, she has a BS in Education and an MA in Humanities. Professional development classes in areas such as active learning, backward design, and the Information Literacy Framework inform her search for new and better ways to engage students with information literacy. 

Kelly Williams has a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University-Central Texas and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Texas. She’s spent most of her library career working in the technical services departments of academic libraries but recently made a change to reference and instruction. She is currently a Reference and Instruction librarian at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

Michelle Shea, MLS, M.Ed., is an Education Librarian at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. She creates presentations and tutorials for course integration, collaborates with faculty on committees, and promotes student-centered services. Her passion is instruction, curriculum planning, and campus outreach.

Margaret Dawson has spent 21 years working in academic and joint-use libraries. She has a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. From 2014 to 2021, she worked at Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen, Texas as an Outreach and Instruction Librarian, and has developed programs for university students, their children, and the general public. She has presented and published on the topics of instruction and outreach.



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