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Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators

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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
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Published January 1st 2011 by American Library Association
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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
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really like what I know about the work Char Booth is doing, and I hope to get to the end of this book before too long. I was reading this mostly on my iPhone Kindle app and the formatting was terrible and the typos were distracting. So, I do hope to lay my hands on another version to give her charts a look when I can actually read them. I was reading it under deadline, and perhaps I missed some tips in there, but there wasn't as much practical instruction material as I was hoping for. But, aga ...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
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Thoughtful, well-written, with good practical advice for a very specific audience: instruction librarians (that is, college/university librarians who do classroom teaching on what's now called "information literacy": how to find stuff out). I'm not that kind of librarian anymore, but I used to be, and there's very little support out there for a rather difficult job. Char Booth fills the gap with this book.
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!)
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
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).
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I wish I had read this in Grad School.
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very helpful, methodical overview of instructional design and practice.
Thorough, thoughtful, and concise look at teaching practices. A must have for every library educator.
Melissa Mcavoy
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous teaching guide and aid in lesson planning.
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.
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Read by ACRL Member of the Week Sara Arnold-Garza. Learn more about Sara on the ACRL Insider blog.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honest, insightful, and practical. A great guide to instructional design, teaching information literacy, and being yourself.
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