For immediate release | July 6, 2010

Web-based instruction for libraries

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “Web-Based Instruction: A Guide for Libraries, Third Edition,” by Susan Sharpless Smith. Expanding on the best-selling how-to guide for public, academic, school and special libraries, technology expert Smith offers library instructors the confidence to take web-based instruction into their own hands. Smith has thoroughly updated this new edition to include new tools and trends, including current browsers, access methods, hardware and software. She also supplies tips to secure project funding and provides strategic guidance for all types of libraries. This completely revised book also:
  • builds web instruction advice on a foundation of the latest research in how learning takes place;
  • translates technical web-speak into plain English, so even nonexperts can make effective use of the web in their teaching;
  • includes an accompanying web gallery, providing examples of screen shots and links to exemplary programs;
  • shows instructors best practices for incorporating the web into teaching.
Smith is the Director of Research, Instruction and Technology Services for Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Her long-term interests have included exploring the potential the web offers for the provision of library services and instruction. She received the 2008 ACRL IS Innovation Award for her work as an embedded librarian in a two-week sociology course, traveling by bus through the Deep South.

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Rob Christopher