Category Archives: Library Instruction

Reflections on Recent Library Instruction

Last Wednesday, for the first time, I had more than 75 minutes for instruction.  This class seminar meets once a week for 2.5 hours.  I was at liberty to use the entire class time (provided that there was a long … Continue reading

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Online Tutorials: A Synthesis of Findings

Academic libraries have been using online tutorials are used with the purpose of either supplementing or entirely replacing traditional library instruction. Before creating any tutorial, there are many considerations. What is the investment of staff, time, training and other resources? … Continue reading

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Information Fluency for the Social Sciences

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Learning Objectives for Librarians

Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It’s been a lengthy hiatus, for reasons I’ll not go into, but now I’m back.  The Spring semester ended abruptly, and Summer is a time for clean up and planning for Fall. My department had a “brown bag” … Continue reading

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Using Gagne’s Learning Outcomes

Drawing on the post above, it’s helpful to take a closer look at some categories of learning outcomes.  The educational psychologist, Robert Gagne set forth five categories of learning outcomes: verbal information, intellectual skill, cognitive strategy, attitude, motor skill. Verbal … Continue reading

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Learning Objectives

In teaching and instruction, one hears about goals and objectives.  They appear on many syllabi. It is useful to know the distinction. A Goal is a broad statement that provides general learning outcomes Students will know how to use the … Continue reading

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Some Instructional Design Basics

I had the opportunity to attend a preconference sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries “Instructional Design for Librarians: The What, Why and How of ID” I think anyone providing library instruction should try to educate themselves about … Continue reading

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Library Literacy vs. Information Literacy

I came across an interesting concept in a blog posting last summer regarding the concept of Library Literacy versus Information Literacy.  What it made me realize is that learning about the services of the library needs to be separate from … Continue reading

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