Reflections on how librarians teach information literacy

A book review of Aston, S. and Walsh, A., 2021. Library Pedagogies: Personal reflections from library practitioners. Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries Press.

  • Michelle Breen University of Limerick
Keywords: Library instruction; information literacy; teaching; pedagogies

Abstract

 This book will help librarians to reflect on and improve their teaching to meet the contemporary needs of their learners and develop the information and digital skills of students. Librarians who teach don’t need reminding of the many definitions that exist for information literacy from ALA, ANCIL and CILIP as examples. Equally important in current library instruction is the JISC definition of digital literacy: “equipping students to live, learn and work in a digital society” (JISC, 2019).

As information literacy instruction does, the contributions in this book transcend subject discipline. Rather than prescribing one single ‘best’ way of teaching, the book presents a range of pedagogical approaches, giving librarians a menu of options to experiment with to suit them, their topic, their institution and its learners. This book has practical advice on how to help students learn new skills from library instructional sessions.

References

ALA (American Library Association) (2015) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Available at: http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework (Accessed 14 March 2021).

Aston, S. and Walsh, A. (eds.) (2021) Library Pedagogies: Personal reflections from library practitioners. Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries Press.

Barker, H. (2021) ‘Developing the Learner Librarian: Traversing threads, thresholds and transformations’ in Aston, S. and Walsh, A. (eds.) 2021. Library Pedagogies: Personal reflections from library practitioners. Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries Press.

CILIP (2018) CILIP Definition of Information Literacy, Available at: https://infolit.org.uk/ILdefinitionCILIP2018.pdf (Accessed 14 March 2021).

Coonan, E. (2021) ‘Librarian through the looking-glass: Developing a teaching philosophy on shifting ground’, in Aston, S. and Walsh, A. (eds.) (2021) Library Pedagogies: Personal reflections from library practitioners. Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries Press.

JISC (2019) JISC Digital Capabilities Framework: the six elements defined. Available at: https://repository.jisc.ac.uk/7278/1/BDCP-DC-Framework-Individual-6E-110319.pdf (Accessed 14 March 2021).

Wotherspoon, E. (2021) ‘Digital Literacy in a post-Covid world: e-pedagogical approaches to develop social, academic and employability skills’ in Aston, S. and Walsh, A. (eds.) (2021) Library Pedagogies: Personal reflections from library practitioners. Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries Press.

Published
2021-09-28
How to Cite
Breen, M. (2021) “Reflections on how librarians teach information literacy: A book review of Aston, S. and Walsh, A., 2021. Library Pedagogies: Personal reflections from library practitioners. Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries Press.”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Plymouth, UK, (21). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi21.646.
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