Fundamentals for the Instruction Coordinator

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An instruction coordinator does more than just oversee the entire department of instruction librarians. The role also requires you to function as the assessment lead, training and directing the tone of how instruction will be taught, performed, and evaluated, as well as perform outreach to departments and faculty outside the library to find ways to make connections for future instruction. Tasked with the position when a colleague was on a sabbatical, here Bagley has written the guide she wishes she’d had from the very beginning. In a concise, straightforward manner she outlines exactly what you need to know as a new instruction coordinator, including

  • an overview of library instruction and the primary stakeholders;
  • guidance on key duties such as training, management, communications, and assessment;
  • instruction coordinator best practices drawn from librarians working in a range of settings;
  • a chapter on technology management, with advice on selecting and keeping technology up to date; and
  • tips on how to integrate what you’ve learned into your program.

Bagley presents the perfect primer for instruction coordinators at all levels of experience, from those who may have had little prior supervisory or management experience to those who simply want a refresher on new methods.

  • Chapter 1    The Landscape of Instruction Coordination
  • Chapter 2    People
  • Chapter 3    Training
  • Chapter 4    Management
  • Chapter 5    Communications
  • Chapter 6    Assessment
  • Chapter 7    Leveraging Technology
  • Chapter 8    Best Practices
  • Chapter 9    Afterword

Appendix: Survey Questions

Caitlin A. Bagley

Caitlin A. Bagley is an instruction librarian at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Her research has focused on shifting library technologies and most recently on using infographics in instruction. She has authored several articles on cloud computing and infographics. She is a 2013 ACRL Immersion Teaching with Technology graduate. Bagley earned her master's degree in library science at Indiana University.

”[One] chapter worth singling out is that on training, which includes a comprehensive overview of methods to ensure that the library instruction program meets the expectations of the faculty and instructors (as well as students) with whom librarians collaborate. Various approaches to classroom observation and shadowing are outlined ... Recommended."
— Choice