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Teaching Information Literacy to Social Sciences Students & Practitioners is a second discipline-based casebook from ACRL. This volume is based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards and presents cases on learning situations and how they can be analyzed and addressed. Also included are descriptions of instruction sessions for each case, notes, and teaching resources. Each case explicitly reflects one or more of the ACRL Information Literacy Standards.

This practical collection of cases and applications brings a new set of resources to librarians doing instruction in the social sciences. Contributors cover such topics as data literacy, visual literacy, and developmental research skills training. Information on teaching undergraduate, graduate, and international students, and how to incorporate information literacy into various social science curricula are also presented.


Patricia O'Brien Libutti


Douglas Cook and Natasha Cooper


Douglas Cook and Natasha Cooper

Notes regarding format

Douglas Cook and Natasha Cooper

Case Studies:

  1. A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Visual Literacy through Critical Inquiry

    Laura Barrett and Suzan Parker

  2. Introducing Undergraduates to Data Literacy: How to Find, Use, and Evaluate Numeric Data
    Jen-chien Yu and Aaron K. Shrimplin

  3. Finding Historical Information to Prepare a Speech
    Alice L. Daugherty

  4. Using the News to Teach Reference Sources to Journalism Students
    Mary Feeney

  5. A Communication Capstone Project: A Developmental Model for Undergraduate Research Skills Training
    Steven C. Koehn and Janet McNeil Hurlbert

  6. Faculty–Librarian–Undergraduate Collaboration for Evaluating Children's Literature Resources
    Sara K. Kearns, Marcia G. Stockham, and Karin E. Westman

  7. Inspired Teachers: Providing a Classroom Context for Information Literacy Theory and Practice
    Corinne Laverty and Brenda Reed

  8. Weaving the Threads of Early Childhood Curricular Approaches into Preservice Practice: A Course-embedded Information Literacy Instruction Model
    Signia Warner and Lolly Templeton

  9. Modeling an Inquiry-based Research Project to Preservice Teachers
    Jane A. Smith

  10. Using a Classroom Assessment to Address Diverse Levels of Competence in Education Graduate Students
    Susan Ariew

  11. Vygotsky's Theory and Standards as Frameworks for Library Instruction in a Research Methods Course
    Veronica Bielat and Navaz Peshotan Bhavnagri

  12. Teacher as Researcher: Librarian and Faculty Collaboration in Teaching the Literature Review in a Distance-delivered Teacher Education Program
    Thomas Scott Duke and Jennifer D. Brown

  13. Teaching Elementary Education Graduate Students Information Literacy Skills: Collaborating for Success
    Collette D. Childers and Christine G. Renne

  14. Teaching International Students to Access and Use Library Resources
    Justina O. Osa

  15. Digital Resources for Distance Students in a Library Science and Literacy Program
    Melissa Cast and Rebecca Pasco

  16. They Click! Information Literacy and Undergraduates in an Introduction to Management Class
    Jennifer S. A. Leigh, Cynthia A. Gibbon, and Janelle Wertzberger

  17. International Legal Research with Undergraduates
    David M. Oldenkamp

  18. Basic Training: Putting Undergraduate Government Students through the Paces
    Barbara P. Norelli

  19. Research in Reverse: Attempting to Retrace a Researcher's Steps
    Christopher Cox

  20. Suntanning as a Risky Behavio(u)r: Information Literacy for Research Methods in Psychology
    Allison Faix and Jennifer Hughes

  21. Into the Breach: Teaching Graduate Students to Avoid Plagiarism
    Patti Schifter Caravello

  22. Undergraduate Social Work Students and Government Documents: An Integrated Approach to Contextual Learning
    Chantana Charoenpanitkul and Ryan L. Sittler

  23. Library and Information Literacy Built into a Social Work Credit Course
    Grace Xu

  24. Targeted Instruction Programs for Students in Graduate Professional Programs at a Large Research Institution: Lessons from Business, Journalism, and Social Work
    Kathleen M. Dreyer, Alysse D. Jordan, and Deborah Y. Wassertzug

Appendix A: Association of College and Research Libraries, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (Chicago: ACRL, 2000). Available online from http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlstandards/informationliteracycompetency….

Appendix B: Contributors

Douglas Cook

Douglas Cook is an instruction librarian and professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He received his MLS from the University of Maryland and DEd from Pennsylvania State University. He has recently coedited five books: with Tasha Cooper, Teaching Information Literacy Skills to Social Science Students and Practioners (2006); with Ryan Sittler, Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors (2008) and The Library Instruction Cookbook (2009); with Lesley Farmer, Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research (2011); and a children's book with Carolyn Cook, A Hike on the Appalachian Trail (2010). His current research interests are web-centered pedagogy and real-world definitions of information literacy.

Natasha Cooper