Instructional Design for LIS Professionals
A Guide for Teaching Librarians and Information Science Professionals
by Melissa A. Wong
May 2019, 280pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-6713-2
$85, £63, 74€, A115
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6714-9
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An essential resource for both new and seasoned LIS faculty and for those tasked with providing professional development to librarians of all types.

A concise, practical guide to effectively teaching current and future librarians in graduate programs, professional settings, and beyond.

Many librarians are thrust into positions where they are asked to teach colleagues. Others choose to share their knowledge and experience by preparing the next generation of librarians in graduate programs. However, few such librarians have received any formal education in instructional design. In this book, Melissa A. Wong, an expert instructional designer, helps information professionals to prepare for their roles as teachers of current and future librarians.

Covering topics that range from syllabus construction to evaluation and student feedback, the book offers practical guidance on how to communicate with and support learners and how to come up with assignments and grade them, along with advice on accessibility issues and working with technologies such as LMS, OER, videos, and PowerPoint. It demonstrates how to adapt principles of effective teaching to settings including workshops, professional development courses, conference presentations, and staff training. It also discusses professional challenges such as managing workload and shows how to adapt formal coursework to informal teaching situations. Librarians who wish to learn new methods or improve on their teaching and course design skills should read this book.


  • Faculty and librarians new to teaching will appreciate the concise, practical advice for designing courses for effective learning
  • All faculty will appreciate tips on authentic assignment design and effective feedback, engaging and supporting students, and managing their workload
  • The book has a unique focus on teaching graduate students and adults in the LIS field
Melissa A. Wong has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science since 2001 and currently teaches courses in instruction, eLearning, reference, and academic librarianship. She has served as a librarian at the University of Southern California, as library director at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and as an instructional designer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is coeditor of Reference and Information Services: An Introduction, 5th edition. At Illinois, she was recognized with the Campus Award for Excellence in Online and Distance Teaching.


"This practical, straightforward guide is highly recommended for those following in Geoffrey Chaucer’s footsteps who would gladly learn and gladly teach."—Library Journal, August 1, 2019

"Useful as an addition to the available resources for the professional development of instruction librarians in academic libraries, this well-researched and instructive text will be essential to collections serving library and information science programs."—College & Research Libraries, September 10, 2020
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