Information Literacy and Information Skills Instruction

Applying Research to Practice in the 21st Century School Library, 3rd Edition

by Nancy Pickering Thomas, Sherry R. Crow and Lori L. Franklin


What are the current best practices for information literacy instruction? How should one design information literacy lessons to motivate and instruct today's tech-savvy students? What are the best ways to foster critical thinking tasks and build searching skills? Academic research provides great insights for answering these pressing questions.

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June 2011

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 261
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, K-12

This book provides a comprehensive review of the current research relating to the teaching of library and information literacy skills as part of effective school library media center programming.

As with earlier editions, this latest revision of Information Literacy and Information Skills Instruction: Applying Research to Practice in the 21st Century School Library brings together the research literature on information skills instruction with particular reference to models related to information seeking and the information search process. It presents relevant findings on what research has deemed "best practice" and what is known about how children learn, enabling school librarians to base information skills programs on substantiated data.

The sources reviewed for this book include doctoral dissertations, research reports, academic and professional journal articles in library information service and related fields, and publications by scholars and practitioners relevant to information skills curricula. A preface, newly prepared for the third edition, explains the revision process, while the epilogue examines the importance of communication between research scholars and school library practitioners.


  • 30 illustrations and tables are provided to supplement the text
  • A bibliography includes references and sources for cited research
  • Two indexes provide quick reference by author's name and subject


  • Written by authors with academic research backgrounds as well as years of experience as school librarians
  • Provides an overview of the development of school libraries and the evolution of standards in a single text
  • Emphasizes new AASL standards
  • Includes information on the newest standards published by AASL for 21st-century learners while maintaining a historical perspective
Author Info

Nancy Pickering Thomas, PhD, is professor emeritus in the School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. Thomas has taught graduate courses in theoretical foundations of service, children's literature and programming, managing the school library, and services for special populations. Her work has been published in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology , Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Journal of Education in Library and Information Science, School Library Media Activities Monthly, and the Big6Newsletter.

Sherry R. Crow, PhD, is assistant professor of school library science and educational media at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE. Her published works include Information Literacy: A Guide for the Library Media Specialist. Crow was named Colorado Librarian of the Year in 2004 and University of Nebraska Kearney's Outstanding Scholar of the College of Education in 2010.

Lori L. Franklin, PhD, is school librarian at Olathe East High School, Olathe, KS, a large suburban high school in the Kansas City metro area that was recently chosen by the International Center for Leadership in Education as one of "20 Model High Schools." Franklin is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 15 years experience in school libraries and a district finalist for Master Teacher of the Year in 2006. She also received an Educator to Excellence award for the 2006-2007 academic year.



"[A] perfect resource for library students or experienced librarians who want to sharpen their understanding of information instruction theory. Recommended."Library Media Connection

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