Friday, May 21, 2010

Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Practice

Grassian, Esther S., and Joan R. Kaplowitz. Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Practice. 2nd ed. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2009. ISBN: 9781555706661

This may come across as a textbook, but the useful information is very accessible. -- Jen

Information literacy instruction : what is it? -- History of information literacy instruction -- The psychology of learning : the theory behind the practice -- Psychology of learning : putting theory into practice -- Library anxiety, mental models, and conceptual change -- Critical thinking and active learning -- Planning for information literacy instruction -- The instructional menu -- Basic copyright and design issues -- Designing instructional modes and materials -- Assessment : improving learning, improving teaching -- Learner-centered teaching : listen, engage, inspire -- Teaching in a diverse world : knowledge, respect, and inclusion -- Delivering information literacy instruction in various environments -- Using technology to support pedagogy -- Teaching online tools and resources -- Visions of the future : two perspectives

From the publisher:
Leaders in the field of information literacy, Esther S. Grassian and Joan R. Kaplowitz have revised, expanded, and updated their comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of library instruction. This second edition covers all aspects and modes of information literacy instruction, including history and psychology, as well as how to create and design teaching materials, how to use new technology to support pedagogy, and how to utilize new developments in the field since the publication of the previous edition. The recommended readings and exercises at the end of each chapter help put ideas and concepts into practice. The companion CD-ROM includes institutional and library mission statements related to information literacy, a table listing pros and cons of assessment tools, a brief overview of learning styles table, examples of minimalist documentation, a sample PowerPoint slide show, a sample class outline, a two-minute yoga exercise, suggestions for further reading and the complete book bibliography, both with live links to web pages.