New ACRL publication: Library Instruction Cookbook

Contact: Kathryn Deiss

ACRL Content Strategist

(312) 280-2529


For Immediate Release

July 15, 2009

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of a new title,“The Library Instruction Cookbook,” edited by Ryan Sittler and Doug Cook. “The Library Instruction Cookbook” is a practical collection of “learning recipes,” each including plans for conducting a specific type of learning session and indicating how the recipe teaches research skills from the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

The book includes interactive recipes from academic librarians from around the world, meeting such learning goals as library orientation, teaching basic library skills, teaching citations and plagiarism, evaluating various types of resources, teaching specialized research skills, teaching discipline related research and teaching with technology. The 97 lesson plans included in “The Library Instruction Cookbook” contain detailed preparation instructions for pedagogically sound, active learning exercises and are adaptable to a variety of instructional situations.

“The Library Instruction Cookbook” is available for purchasethrough the ALA Online Store ( and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association, representing nearly 13,000 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