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November 2016, 186pp, 7x10, eBook/Paperback
Print: 978-1-4408-3852-1
$60.00 / £47.00 / 50,00 € / A$77.00
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Imprint: Libraries Unlimited
Primary Subject:
Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, College Level and Above
Secondary Subject:
Educational Technology and Instructional Design/General

User-Centered Design for First-Year Library Instruction Programs

Cinthya M. Ippoliti and Rachel W. Gammons
Foreword by Joan Kaplowitz

1 Volume

In recent years, educators have begun to realize the importance of learner-centered programs as pivotal in the academic success of students transitioning from high school to college. This practical guide provides you with detailed plans for designing user-centered literacy and library instruction in your higher education institution—regardless of size. The handbook covers a vast range of learning situations, technologies, and assessment strategies to suit most any environment.

Written by seasoned information literacy and instruction librarians, this book addresses the challenges frequently encountered in library-based programs, including staffing deficits, faculty support, effective advocacy of program to campus constituents, and professional burn-out. Real-life examples from a variety of institutions illustrate successful methods for handling spacing, programming, curriculum design, outreach, training, and assessment, among other areas. Included worksheets, handouts, and further readings give you everything you need to create, grow, and sustain a user-based library instruction program.


Offers tools, techniques, and resources for creating a successful first-year information literacy and library instruction program

Defines user-centered design

Includes actual activities and steps needed to develop a library instruction program

Covers in-class and one-time instruction as well as more extended learning

Provides a practical, how-to approach that is useful to four-year, two-year, and community colleges alike

Cinthya M. Ippoliti is associate dean for research and learning services at Oklahoma State University. She has 15 years of experience in creating information literacy programs and teaching credit courses at all levels in institutions ranging from large universities to community colleges. In addition, Ippoliti has led professional development workshops for librarians on design thinking, assessment, and incorporating technology into instruction.

Rachel W. Gammons is head of teaching and learning services at University of Maryland Libraries, where she coordinates first year programming, information literacy, and assessment efforts. In 2015, she participated in the American Library Association's (ALA) Emerging Leader program. Gammons has published numerous works on teaching and assessment in the academic library. She earned both a master's degree in information systems and a bachelor's degree in art history and English literature from the University of Tennessee, as well as a master's degree in English literature from West Chester University.

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