Information Basics for College Students

by Karen Sobel


Imagine this: it's your first day of library instruction. You have one hour, one academic library full of millions of resources, one classroom packed with instructional technologies, and 25 18-year-old students who want to write their research papers using only Google. Are you ready?

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April 2012

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 148
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, College Level and Above

Librarians have long looked for a single, comprehensive text to provide a solid introduction to the art and craft of instruction. With this book, now they have it.

Information Basics for College Students provides critical information and knowledge relevant to library instructors—both for those just starting out in the field as well as experienced and seasoned pros—all in a single volume. It approaches topics directly relevant to instruction, such as preparation, assessment, teaching techniques, and communication with academic faculty. It also provides invaluable guidance for new instructors in developing personal processes by which they can continue learning, such as strategies for evaluating new classroom technologies and recommended national organizations for library instructors. The book also details the various roles that library instructors can play in campus planning and governance—activities that can be instrumental to career growth and advancement.

Information Basics for College Students is essential reading for academic library instructors as well as those who are training to provide academic library instruction. Academic faculty and teachers interested in development of research skills at the college level will also benefit from selected sections of this book.


  • Provides a truly comprehensive resource for new library instructors
  • Develops confidence and practice for new teachers, and serves to refine skills for experienced instructors
  • Focuses on continual development rather than attainment of a certain set of goals
  • Teaches how to work effectively with diverse groups of students and handle their various needs
  • Helps librarians realize their untapped potential for contributing to governance at higher levels in their institutions
Author Info

Karen Sobel, MLS, serves as a research and instruction librarian at the University of Colorado Denver. She holds master's degrees in library science and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor's degree in English from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park.



"New or experienced librarians, library school students, and academic faculty who teach research skills or information literacy to college students will benefit from reading chapters of this volume. It is highly recommended for academic libraries."ARBA

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