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Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Whether or not "instruction" appears in their job titles, librarians are often in the position of educating their users, colleagues, and peers to successfully locate and evaluate information. Because MLIS education tends to offer less-than-comprehensive preparation in pedagogy and instructional design, this much-needed book tackles the challenge of effective teaching and t ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Amer Library Assn Editions (first published January 1st 2011)
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Paul Signorelli
Char Booth's "Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning" looks to be another great resource for trainer-teacher-learners well beyond its primary target audience of library staff members. The book is an engaging, concise, and welcome guide to creating engaging learning experiences for learners of all ages; includes brief surveys of key instructional design techniques and learning styles; and introduces Booth's own variation on the familiar ADDIE--Analysis, Development Design, Implementation, and Ev ...more
I read this book for work, as I get deeper into doing library instruction, and I found it incredibly useful. In fact, it's exactly what I needed. Booth provides not just a how-to on designing instruction sessions, but also an overview on educational theory and methods. She puts all of this into the right context and framework for people who will only have a session or two with any given group of students instead of a whole semester or year with them. Best of all, the methods and systems Booth de ...more
This is a crash course in instruction for librarians who haven't taught before or who need to brush up on their instructional skills. It was a recommended title in my User Instruction course, but I'm glad I only checked it out from the library. We only read a few chapters and I skimmed the rest. It came up empty for me somehow; reading this book made me miss my teaching English days and the powerful ways I learned to become a teacher at UIC. It also increased my awareness that too many in the li ...more
An extremely practical, accessible guide to instructional design. Booth has created an iterative process of analysis, design, implementation, and reflection that has already made a positive impact on my teaching. To be honest, I haven't found the time to completely replicate her process, but even answering the initial planning questions she poses has removed a lot of stress from my instruction process. I did wish there were more concrete lesson planning ideas, but resources like the Library Inst ...more
If you wanted to study library instruction, this is the book I would recommend.
Really enjoyed many parts of this one. I browsed through and skipped all of the definition, terminology, and theory (zzzzz) material. The rest contained lots of helpful reminders, websites to check out, (especially for instructional tutorials which I want to beef up on my School's LibGuides' pages), and a wonderful list of Web 2.0 and Emerging Technologies and Applications (including one dedicated to free, open source software--a nice, little goldmine!)
I knew the content would be great but I was especially struck by the tone of the writing. Very accessible and entertaining, especially for a book about teaching:-) The USER method will be the basis of a course we are teaching called Teaching with Technology for the ACRL Immersion Program in 2013. The practical application of the method will be a great and hopefully earth shattering experience!
Miss Kitty
I mainly want to read this because I can say to folks (that care) "I know Char! I know her!" even though I know her from applying for a paraprofessional library job that I didn't get. But aside from that, Char is just smokin' hot and who doesn't want to read a librarian book by a smokin' hot librarian?
Highly recommended no matter your instruction experience or comfort. The templates in particular are helpful for planning instruction. Am hoping to get my team members on board with using much of this as we plan for the next year.

Clear, concise, and it practices what it preaches!
This is a good, solid introduction to library instruction, with a lot of advice that is obvious once you think about it but that you would forget to consider otherwise, and a good template for creating new programs and objects for learning.
A must read for any librarian tasked with instruction. Well-researched and engagingly presented, this is actual hands-on practical information couched in solid pedagogy (something that is often lacking in library literature).
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Honest, insightful, and practical. A great guide to instructional design, teaching information literacy, and being yourself.
Good model for best practices for preparing and presenting library instruction. I like the additional resources at the back.
Great overview of instruction for librarians. The author spoke in one of our classes and she is very cool, too.
Jan 18, 2014 John added it
Thorough, thoughtful, and concise look at teaching practices. A must have for every library educator.
A very helpful, methodical overview of instructional design and practice.
Melissa Mcavoy
A fabulous teaching guide and aid in lesson planning.
This is good, practical approach to designing instruction.
Wow! I wish I had read this in Grad School.
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