Information Literacy and Information Skills Instruction

New Directions for School Libraries, 4th Edition

by Nancy Pickering Thomas, Sherry R. Crow, Judy A. Henning, and Jean Donham


This updated edition includes new and relevant research on information literacy, pedagogy, and skills instruction.

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May 2020

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 250
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, K-12
  Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, College Level and Above
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Exploring the ways in which today's Internet-savvy young people view and use information to complete school assignments and make sense of everyday life, this new edition provides a review of the literature since 2010.

The development of information literacy skills instruction can be traced from its basis in traditional reference services to its current growth as an instructional imperative for school librarians. Reviewing the scholarly research that supports best practices in the 21st century school library, this book contains insights into improving instruction across content areas—drawn from the scholarly literatures of library and information studies, education, communication, psychology, and sociology—that will be useful to school, academic, and public librarians and LIS students.

In this updated fourth edition, special attention is given to recent studies of information seeking in changing instructional environments made possible by the Internet and new technologies. This new edition also includes new chapters on everyday information seeking, motivation, and a much-expanded chapter on Web 2.0. The new AASL standards are included and explored in the discussion. This book will appeal to LIS professors and students in school librarianship programs as well as to practicing school librarians.


  • Offers information literacy research and applications to instruction useful to all types of libraries
  • Expands on previous editions of a textbook widely adopted by school library preparation programs
  • Discusses the newest AASL standards as they relate to information literacy and instruction
Author Info

Nancy Pickering Thomas, PhD, is professor emeritus in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University. Thomas has taught graduate courses in theoretical foundations of service, children's literature and programming, managing the school library, and services for special populations.

Sherry R. Crow received her PhD in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University and is professor and administrator of the school librarian endorsement program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). She was named Colorado Librarian of the Year in 2004, was a featured researcher in New Frontiers Magazine in 2014, and received the Pratt-Heins Award for Excellence in Teaching at UNK in 2015. In 2017 she received the Nebraska School Librarians Association's Meritorious Service Award and the Nebraska Library Association's Mad Hatter Award. Her research interest is in children's intrinsic motivation for information seeking.

Judy A. Henning received her EdD in educational leadership from Grand Canyon University and her master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she is currently assistant professor. Henning was director of the district school library program at Kearney Public Schools for 10 years and has over 37 years of teaching experience as a language arts educator and school librarian. She helped implement the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) new national library standards and is a past president of the Nebraska Educational Media Association. Henning's research interest is in student-centered project-based learning.

Jean Donham received her PhD in educational administration from the University of Iowa and her MLS from the University of Maryland. She is a retired professor of school library studies, a position she held at the University of Northern Iowa. Previously, she directed the library at Cornell College, a selective liberal arts college. She was associate professor in library and information science at the University of Iowa and coordinated the library and technology program for Iowa City Community Schools for 13 years. She has published widely on information literacy and library leadership at both the K–12 and college levels.

Other Titles of Interest

Information Literacy cover imageAn Educator's Guide to Information Literacy cover imageConcise Guide to Information Literacy, 2nd Edition cover image
Information Literacy as a Student Learning Outcome cover imageInformation Literacy and the School Library Media Center cover imageReference and Instructional Services for Information Literacy Skills in School Libraries, 3rd Edition cover image

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