Creating the One-Shot Library Workshop: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Good instruction should not be left to chance and luck…This book is intended to provide you with a deliberate process of instructional design and the essential background information to ensure the resounding success of your library workshops.—Jerilyn Veldof from the Introduction

Whether teaching research skills to college freshman, Internet skills to seniors, or staff development sessions to employees, librarians are repeatedly called on to deliver instruction in their library settings. Many librarians have never learned the basics of instructional design, much less how to effectively deliver information in a short time span, and they typically only have a short period of time—"one shot"—to deliver information.

Now librarian and instructional design expert Jerilyn Veldof demystifies the process for her library colleagues. From needs assessment through design and implementation to final evaluations, this practical guide takes librarians step by step through the workshop process. Using these proven instructional design principles, librarians can:

  • Assess learners and what they need
  • Train multiple library instructors to maintain consistency in teaching and outcomes
  • Replicate content for regularly scheduled workshops
  • Develop a standard of presentation (including handouts) to maximize learning
  • Evaluate results to ensure learners are getting what they need

These principles of instructional design are for every librarian who delivers instruction in any form. Use the step-by-step checklist and ADDIE principles (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation) to have a powerful impact on your audiences. With a focus on practical applications, Veldof shows instruction librarians how to make every minute count.

Visit the companion website for this book at Creating the One-Shot Library Workshop

Jerilyn Veldof

Jerilyn Veldof is Director of Undergraduate Initiatives for the University of Minnesota Libraries, where she has also served as Coordinator of User Education as well as Distance Learning Instruction Librarian and Faculty Liaison. A popular workshop presenter, she has written numerous articles and book chapters focusing on the areas of instructional design, assessment, and usability. Her MLS is from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

"This well-organized guide focuses on making the most of the typical 50-minute "one-shot" workshop to teach research skills to students, employees, and patrons. The author, who has served as a coordinator of user education and distance learning, offers chapters covering the steps in the ADDIE instructional design cycle: analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Discussions are supported by illustrations, summaries, case studies, and reminder lists. The volume concludes with a step-by-step checklist. Any librarian, whether in a school, public, or academic library, who needs to teach learning skills on a regular basis will find useful information here."