Flipped Library Instruction

A Guide for Academic Librarians

by Laura Heinz


Flipped instruction enables faculty and librarians to engage students in higher-level thinking during limited classroom time. Find out how to use flipped instruction techniques to improve your library instruction and better meet students’ needs.

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October 2019

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 140
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Grade College
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, College Level and Above
  Educational Technology and Instructional Design/Instructional Design
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This valuable book introduces the flipped classroom and explains how flipped instruction techniques can be used by academic librarians to help students achieve deeper mastery of course content and empower undergraduates to take responsibility for their own learning.

Academic librarians are increasingly involved in instruction as colleges and universities recognize the need for their students to graduate to "the real world" with the knowledge and skills to critically analyze and ethically use information. Academic librarians collaborate with undergraduate teaching faculty to integrate these skills into their courses. By employing flipped instruction—which shifts classroom time to a learner-centric model that includes activity and project-based learning, analysis, debate, experiments, and skill development, and which is increasingly being used in the lower grades—faculty and librarians can help students to perform higher-level thinking despite the constraint of a short classroom or lecture period.

In this book, author Laura Heinz introduces flipped instruction techniques to academic librarians so they can redesign their library instruction to meet students' needs. She clearly explains how flipped instruction techniques can impact student success, retention, and persistence; how to define and explain flipped instruction expectations for both faculty and students; and how to use informal and formal tools for assessing learning and effectiveness of the tools developed or identified for students' use. The book also supplies a selection of recent resources that serve librarians seeking to flip instruction in their teaching environment.


  • Explains why flipping instruction will work for—and may come to be expected by—students who are now entering college and university
  • Includes data from a survey of experienced librarians (including the author) who are successfully using flipped instruction
  • Discusses the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education and describes how to use the framework to create a series of flipped instruction for the novice (freshman) to the experienced (senior) undergraduate learner
  • Offers a bibliography of resources that support flipped instruction
Author Info

Laura Heinz is the head of research, instruction, and outreach for the Texas Tech University Libraries, Lubbock, TX, and holds the rank of associate librarian. She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on faculty-librarian collaboration and ways to engage students in information literacy. Most recently, she coauthored Essentials of Scholarly Research, a text written for an introduction research class for college and university students who are new to academic research.

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