Cybrarian Extraordinaire: Compelling Information Literacy Instruction

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - Education - 112 pages
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The effectiveness of active-learning approaches to instruction is well documented. What is needed now are proven, practical applications. Written for every librarian or teacher looking for such new and creative teaching techniques, Cybrarian Extraordinaire: Compelling Information Literacy Instruction fills the gap. Based on the author's own experiences, the book shares specific active-learning exercises created to make library instruction more engaging for a wide variety of audiences.

Specifically, author Felicia A. Smith illustrates the process of creating "edu-tainment" activities designed to serve serious instructional goals in a manner that is both fun and effective. Her book provides detailed examples of innovative ways to engage students in mandatory library classes. Among other ideas, it explores the use of e-readers as learning tools and describes the planning and possibilities involved in creating classes in online worlds, such as Second Life. Of course, it also explains the evolution of Smith's Pirate Librarian, offering exercises that reinforced the "library material as buried treasure" theme.


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There is much discussion going on as to whether information literacy instruction is to be separate or integrated instruction. This book approaches this discussion with active learning approaches that ... Read full review


Chapter 1 Cybrarian Roads to Information Literacy Instruction
Chapter 2 Resident Librarian
From Having No Life to Having a Second Life
Chapter 4 Outreach Librarian and Wireless Reading Devices
Chapter 5 Planning and Selling Instruction by the KISSS Preparation Method Keep It Simple Significant Silly
Chapter 6 Evaluating Your Courses
Chapter 7 Sharing the Present Preparing for the Future
Updated Storyboard PPT
Journal Highlights and Evaluation Survey Results
Sample Daily Syllabus and Written Class Activity
Stall Notes

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About the author (2011)

Felicia A. Smith is an associate librarian who specializes in the areas of Latino studies and sociology at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

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