For immediate release | September 17, 2012

New from ACRL: 'The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering'

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering,” edited by Katherine O’Clair and Jeanne Davidson.

“The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering” provides a practical guide for librarians responsible for science, engineering and/or technology information literacy instruction to understand and apply the ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology into curriculum design and ongoing instruction. Edited by science and engineering librarians Katherine O’Clair and Jeanne Davidson, the book highlights unique needs and challenges for information literacy instruction within science/engineering curricula.

Experienced science and engineering librarians share their effective approaches and concrete strategies for meeting the information literacy needs of students in a variety of science and engineering disciplines. Each of the seven chapters details key information literacy standards and outcomes of a particular discipline along with strategies for instruction and integration into the curriculum. Chapters focus on life and health sciences, chemistry, engineering, intellectual property/ patents, interdisciplinary courses and more. Parallels are drawn between ACRL and discipline-created standards for information literacy. The work is essential reading for librarians new to science or engineering, instruction librarians, instruction coordinators and generalists who need to understand the nature of information literacy in the sciences, technology and engineering.

“The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering” is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


David Free

Mktg & Comm. Specialist/Editor-in-Chief

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

1-800-545-2433 ext.2517