Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population, Second Edition

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Information literacy and library instruction are at the heart of the academic library's mission. But how do you bring that instruction to an increasingly diverse student body and an increasingly varied spectrum of majors? In this updated, expanded new second edition, featuring more than 75% new content, Ragains and 16 other library instructors share their best practices for reaching out to today's unique users. Readers will find strategies and techniques for teaching college and university freshmen, community college students, students with disabilities, and those in distance learning programs. Alongside sample lesson plans, presentations, brochures, worksheets, handouts, and evaluation forms, Ragains and his contributors offer proven approaches to teaching students in the most popular programs of study, including

  • English Literature
  • Art and Art History
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Hospitality
  • Business
  • Music
  • Anthropology
  • Engineering

Coverage of additional special topics, including legal information for non-law students, government information, and patent searching, make this a complete guide to information literacy instruction.

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Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

List of Illustrations xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii Part I: Planning to Teach Information Literacy in Colleges and Universities 1 1. Setting the Stage for Information Literacy Education 3Patrick Ragains and Mark Emmons2. Building Strong Relationships with Faculty–Librarian Collaboration 23Jean Caspers Part II: Teaching Specific Student Groups and Other Audiences 33 3. College and University Freshmen 35Mark Emmons4. Community College Students 47Ann Roselle5. Students with Disabilities 65Adina J. Mulliken and Bernadette A. Lear6. Tailoring Instruction for Students in Online and Distance LearningEnvironments 87Amy Elizabeth Hughes Part III: Teaching Information Literacy in Specific Disciplines 97 7. English Literature 99Janelle M. Zauha8. Art and Art History 125Peggy Keeran9. Film Studies 145Neal Baker10. Music 155Laurie J. Sampsel11. History 169Patrick Ragains12. Psychology 183Nonny Schlotzhauer13. Anthropology 201Catherine L. Cranston14. Scientific Literacy 217Elizabeth Berman15. Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources 229Allison V. Level16. Engineering 245Martin K. Wallace17. Business 265Patrick Ragains Part IV: Teaching Special Topics in Information Literacy 281 18. Legal Research for Nonlaw Students 283Patrick Ragains19. Government Information 291Patrick Ragains20. Patent Research 299Suzanne L. Reinman 




Patrick Ragains

Patrick Ragains is Business and Government Information Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has published articles in American Libraries, Communications in Information Literacy, Journal of Government Information, Portal: Libraries and the Academy, and Research Strategies, two of which were recognized by ALA's Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) as among the best 20 articles on library instruction published in 1995 and 2001. In 2008 the first edition of this book received the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award from the Instruction Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Ragains is former chair of the ACRL Research Committee and is active in the ACRL Instruction Section.

"If your library has the previous edition, this is not just a surface level of edition change, but rather one that adds to the work and adds meaningful contribution. This work is recommended for information literacy librarians in academic and public libraries."
— Catholic Library World

"I found this information literacy book more practical than others I have read on the topic. Each subject chapter can be used separately by any librarian preparing to teach a college-level class in that discipline. The online and print resources, along with the ‘webextras' available on the publisher's website are plentiful … This book will make an excellent addition to academic libraries and to special libraries, especially in the art, music, or business fields."
— Journal of Library Innovation

"By identifying the major challenges that teaching librarians face, this book acculturates readers to the field of information literacy. Moreover, by offering strategies and resources to overcome these challenges, it gives them the means to become more effective teachers."
— Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Provides essential, useful information on the best methods of delivering and teaching information literacy (IL) in tertiary institutions. Furthermore, it offers information and key points regarding teaching information literacy in different disciplines. That both editor and contributors are well established, experienced professionals increases the book's credibility and usefulness."
— Australian Library Journal