- Series: Practical Guides for Librarians (Book 1)
- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810891050
- ISBN-13: 978-0810891050
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
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Crane (Dialog Information Systems; Using Web 2.0 and Social Networking Tools in the K-12 Classroom) offers practical advice to librarians faced with teaching an array of information literacy workshops. She begins by presenting summaries of various learning and pedagogic theories, from B.F. Skinner to Jean Piaget. (During her discussion of learning styles, she acknowledges that there are objections to learning style theory, but she does not cite specifics.) The next few chapters provide planning and implementation tips. Chapters four through eight outline types of instruction, including face-to-face and synchronous and asynchronous online instruction. The final chapter wraps up with what the future may hold for library instruction. The theories and principles highlighted in the first chapter are used throughout the book with practical examples. Each chapter begins with objectives and ends with key points, websites for more information, exercises, references, and further reading. The book also contains sample handouts and workshops. VERDICT As Crane states, 'Learning is complex,' which makes effective teaching a challenge. Her book is a serious attempt to make it an easier task. Recommended for teaching librarians both newly minted and experienced. (Library Journal)
The Practical Guide for Librarians series, of which this title belongs to, is designed to give librarians practical and innovative solutions to the everyday problems they face that can drain them of time and resources. The guides provide step-by-step plans for librarians brand new to the role of teaching customers how to access, evaluate, and use information. How to Teach explains to readers the theory behind delivering good instruction; helps them identify whether face-to-face or online instruction will be more effective for their users; shows them how to develop successful instruction; demonstrates ways to use individualized instruction; and provides advice on how to create objectives, present activities, and evaluate instruction. The work takes the reader through the steps of effective teaching. Library instruction is becoming a basic component of many library positions these days and this book will greatly assist those that are new to teaching and instruction. The suggestions can be adapted to fit face-to-face instruction as well as online instruction, making this volume a useful tool for any library manager looking to provide assistance to their staff in the area of teaching. (American Reference Books Annual)
How to Teach: A Practical Guide for Librarians is a valuable resource for librarians who are new to teaching, as the author has included an array of important topics, including some that are rarely touched upon in this type of book. It is also a good refresher for librarians who are experienced teachers. It is lucidly written, and the author has provided a number of avenues and resources to spur further exploration. And the icing on the cake? It addresses the needs of librarians in public and special libraries, as well as academic libraries. (Trudi E. Jacobson, Distinguished Librarian and Head of the Information Literacy Department, University at Albany)
I wish I had How to Teach: A Practical Guide for Librarians as a resource when I started my career! In the first week at my first professional job, I was asked to present a course on MARC coding to other librarians. With no prior experience in teaching a class, I had to learn by trial and error. Starting with an overview of the context for adult learning, this book offers clear, practical advice on instructional techniques, plus examples and resources for creating course content and engaging students. What an invaluable resource for librarians, or indeed for professionals of any kind, who want to develop their teaching skills or learn how to communicate information more effectively. (Libby Trudell, former executive and current consultant with ProQuest Dialog)
About the Author
Beverley E. Crane creates training materials for Dialog, including distance education online courses and self-paced modules and videos on searching techniques, and is editor of the Dialog customer e-newsletters. She is the author of four previous books, most recently Using Web 2.0 Tools and Social Networking in the K-12 Classroom (Neal-Schuman, 2012).
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