Reference and Instructional Services for Information Literacy Skills in School Libraries
3rd Edition
by Scott Lanning
May 2014, 170pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-671-5
$60, £47, 53€, A83
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Every new or practicing school librarian can make use of this book to teach students how to find the best information and become more effective researchers.

Students need to be able to distinguish good information from bad. This book gives you the tools to transmit those essential skills to your students.

Being an effective school librarian requires acting as an active instructional partner, an advocate for information literacy and information resources, and a reference librarian. Now in its third edition, this concise book provides you with a solid foundation in providing reference services to students as well as teachers. It details all aspects of providing essential reference services in the context of the AASL Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the evolving role of today’s school librarian.

Author Scott Lanning emphasizes service and instruction while addressing topics such as inquiry, critical thinking, building core reference skills, electronic and Web resources, leadership skills, and virtual reference services. The book begins with chapters that discuss information and the information-seeking process. The following sections cover the provision of reference services, methods for teaching information literacy, the use of electronic resources in general, and the creation of library resources that support reference and instruction. The text concludes with an assessment of the value of reference and instruction services to the school and beyond.


  • Covers theories of information behavior, models of information literacy, and provision of reference services in various mediums
  • Emphasizes reference and instructional services and examines the impact of the Common Core State Standards on reference services in schools
  • Explains how to conduct the reference interview
Scott Lanning is professor of library media and reference librarian at Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT. His published works include Libraries Unlimited's Essential Reference Services for Today's School Media Specialists and Concise Guide to Information Literacy. Lanning holds a master's degree in library science from Northern Illinois University.
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