Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning: A Practical Guide for Librarians and Educators

Customers outside of North America (USA and Canada) should contact Facet Publishing for purchasing information.

ALA Member
Item Number
Facet Publishing, UK

Primary tabs

You don't need to be an ALA Member to purchase from the ALA Store, but you'll be asked to create an online account/profile during the checkout to proceed. This Web Account is for both members and non-members. If you are tax-exempt and choose to order online, and you are exempt from state sales tax, please be sure that your account has been set up as exempt. If you need to verify, please email acctrec@press.uchicago.edu and they can check for you. They will need your billing address, sales tax exempt number and the email address associated with your account.  Sales tax is also collected on orders of digital products, where applicable in states that charge sales tax.

If you choose to order via fax (800-621-8476), email (alastore@ala.org   or  orders@press.uchicago.edu), or mail (Chicago Distribution Center, Attn: ALA, 11030 S Langley Ave, Chicago, IL 60628), please email your tax exemption documentation to acctrec@press.uchicago.edu prior to submitting your order.

  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • About the author
  • Reviews

The higher education landscape is rapidly evolving due to changes in the student population (millenials, increasing diversity, changing work habits), technology (the rise in the use of social media) and learning spaces (the increase in physical and virtual social learning spaces).  Allan presents the first book to bring together recent developments in both theory and practice, covering a wide range of tools and techniques which will suit students in different contexts, from large groups of 500+ to very small classes of research students. Making extensive use of case studies, examples, checklists, and tables, this practical book contains:

  • an analysis of the current higher education landscape, the changes that are occurring and the diverse nature of student populations;
  • an exploration of new theories of digital literacy including case studies demonstrating how library and information workers have applied these models in practice;
  • a demonstration of the many different ways in which academic library and information services are working in support of student employability;
  • a theoretical overview of different approaches to teaching and learning including Kolb's learning cycle, Laurillard's conversational framework for university teaching, Entwistle's teaching for understanding at university, Land and Meyer's threshold concepts and the Higher Education Academy's work on flexible pedagogies;
  • practical guidance on designing, developing and evaluating courses and other learning and teaching events in different situations including face-to-face, flipped classroom, blended learning, and online learning; and
  • an exploration of approaches to personal and professional development including 90+ approaches to workplace learning; accredited courses; short courses, conferences and workshops; networking through professional organizations; and developing online networks.

This book will be essential reading for different groups working in colleges and universities including library and information workers, staff developers, educational technologists, educational development project workers, educational change agents and students of library and information science who are planning their careers in higher education institutions.

1. Introduction

  • Introduction to the book
  • Introduction to this chapter
  • Changing the learning landscape
  • Student expectations and experiences
  • Flexible learning
  • Library spaces
  • Employability
  • Internationalization of higher education
  • Institutional responses to change
  • Changing ways of working for library and information professionals
  • Structure of the book
  • Summary
  • References

2. Working with diversity

  • Introduction
  • Diverse student populations
  • Students in the digital age
  • Working with international students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Part time students
  • Diverse learning styles
  • Practical approaches for working with diverse groups of students
  • Summary
  • References

3. Digital literacies

  • Introduction
  • Digital literacies
  • Information literacy
  • Metaliteracy
  • Additional case studies
  • Digital badges
  • Summary
  • References

4. Employability

  • Introduction
  • Academic libraries and employability
  • Graduate attributes
  • Working with students
  • Summary
  • References

5. Approaches to learning and teaching

  • Introduction
  • Kolb's learning cycle
  • A conversational framework for university teaching
  • Teaching for understanding at university
  • Threshold concepts
  • Flexible pedagogies
  • Putting the pieces together
  • References

6. Learning and teaching activities

  • Introduction
  • Presenting basic ideas
  • Common learning and teaching activities
  • Assessment of learning
  • Reflection on learning
  • Learning and teaching without courses
  • Summary
  • References

7. Making it happen

  • Introduction
  • Thinking about participants
  • Basic design principles
  • Levels of learning
  • Design of individual learning activities
  • Finding and using learning resources
  • Reviewing the program design
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Summary
  • References

8. Designing face-to-face, blended and online courses

  • Introduction
  • Designing face-to-face sessions
  • Designing flipped classroom sessions
  • Designing blended learning courses
  • Design of online courses
  • Summary
  • References

9. Delivering learning experiences

  • Introduction
  • Preparing yourself
  • Face-to-face delivery
  • On-line delivery
  • Co-facilitation
  • Summary
  • References

10. Evaluation of learning and teaching activities, and courses

  • Introduction
  • UK quality control and enhancement processes
  • Research on evaluation of learning and teaching in academic libraries
  • Evaluation in practice
  • Combined methods of evaluation
  • Summary
  • References

11. Lifelong professional development

  • Introduction
  • Identifying your personal goals
  • Developing your portfolio
  • Gaining support
  • Learning in the workplace
  • Accredited courses
  • Short courses, conferences and workshops
  • Networking through professional organizations
  • Developing online networks

Barbara Allan

Barbara Allan is Deputy Dean of Hull University Business School and Director of the Center for Innovations in Business and Management Education. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008 for her innovative work in e-learning and e-mentoring. She is interested in new approaches to supporting research students and led the development of the Graduate Virtual Research Environment. Author of several books, including Supporting Research Students, she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

”This book is a must read with invaluable and accessible information on current pedagogical theory for HE, practical examples of teaching activities, vital checklists for teaching delivery and precious recommendations for future professional development."
— Journal of Information Literacy

”Equips the reader with an arsenal of educational approaches, geared for higher education. They are field-tested, validated by case studies, and include both North American and European perspectives."
— Reflective Teaching

”Allan excels at providing both current higher education context for librarians’ support of student learning and a helpful review of current theories, practices, and trends in learning and teaching in academic librarianship ... This book is recommended for librarians who are new to and interested in teaching by academic librarians, and will also be of interest to experienced teaching librarians who are seeking to stay current with teaching and learning trends and practices in higher education."
— Communications in Information Literacy

”Each chapter is an easy read and all are well referenced. Among the book’s strengths is its applicability to educators both within and beyond the library. In addition, it addresses face-to-face and online learning situations and includes many case studies that bear witness to the topics being discussed."
— Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research