For immediate release | July 26, 2013

Ragains’ updated guide to teaching information literacy

CHICAGO — Information literacy and library instruction are at the heart of the academic library’s mission. But how do you bring that instruction to an increasingly diverse student body and an increasingly varied spectrum of majors? In this updated, expanded new second edition of “Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population,” featuring more than 75 percent new content, editor Patrick Ragains and 16 other library instructors share their best practices for reaching out to today’s unique users. Readers will find strategies and techniques for teaching college and university freshmen, community college students, students with disabilities and those in distance learning programs. Alongside sample lesson plans, presentations, brochures, worksheets, handouts and evaluation forms, Ragains and his contributors offer proven approaches to teaching students in the most popular programs of study, including:

  • English Literature;
  • Art and Art History;
  • Film Studies;
  • History;
  • Psychology;
  • Science;
  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources;
  • Hospitality;
  • Business;
  • Music;
  • Anthropology;
  • Engineering;
  • Special topics, including legal information for non-law students, government information, and patent searching.

Ragains is business and government information librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has published articles in American Libraries, Communications in Information Literacy, Journal of Government Information, Portal: Libraries and the Academy and Research Strategies, two of which were recognized by ALA’s Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) as among the best 20 articles on library instruction published in 1995 and 2001. In 2008 the first edition of this book received the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award from the Instruction Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Ragains is former chair of the ACRL Research Committee and is active in the ACRL Instruction Section.

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"Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population, Second Edition"

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