The updated one-shot library instruction survival guide

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/25/2021


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Previously named by Library Journal “a terrific resource for instruction librarians at all experience levels,” Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough’s newly updated “The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide” shows readers how to build solid relationships with faculty while also making positive first impressions with students. Published by ALA Editions, this trusted resource will guide you through creating and leading active, student-centered one-shots that connect to courses’ learning outcomes. Demonstrated using vignettes that share teaching experiences drawn from librarians and instructors in the field, you’ll get succinct, hands-on advice on such topics as:

  • why threshold concepts are well suited to one-shot instruction;
  • online instruction-specific engagement strategies and talking points;
  • a one-shot version of curriculum mapping to help you prioritize;
  • quick and easy activities to work into sessions;
  • how to mix and match the three types of instruction best suited to one-shots;
  • losing the list, ditching the script, and other strategies for student-centered teaching;
  • common classroom management mishaps and what to do about them;
  • talking points for the instruction interview;
  • how and when to say no; and
  • 5 ways to use assessment to improve your instructional style.

Buchanan is a research and instruction librarian and professor at Hunter Library, Western Carolina University, where she also serves as information literacy instruction coordinator. She is a graduate of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program and a certified North Carolina Master Trainer. Dr. McDonough is a research and instruction librarian and associate professor at Hunter Library, Western Carolina University. She earned an Ed.D. in leadership of curriculum and instruction at Western Carolina University in 2014. Her dissertation focused on critical information literacy.

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