What type of instruction is your norm?
Who is your audience?
How do you determine content?
What are One Shots?
• 1980’s & 1990’s college faculty’s call for
“orientations” or “library presentations” as a
result of significant technological change
–History of Information Literacy Instruction, Grassian & Kapolwitz
• Morphed into IL, continually evolving—digital
fluency, metaliteracy, threshold concepts…
Reflect a moment on the process you take
to put together a presentation. Can you
describe it in a few words/phrases?
Preparing : First Thoughts
• Time constraints
• Wants from professors
or other stakeholders
• MICs-Most important
• How is this information going to be
– Lecture? Activities? Demonstrations?
– Differentiation? Meeting the audience’s needs
How do you account for different
learning styles in your teaching?
• Make a plan, outline,
• How will you keep on
Got the plan? Need the flow…
• Content/MIC’s are the
• Condiments & fixings
make it good!
• Assessment, making
skills, buy in
Putting it all together…
• Start by assessing what they
do know (formative)
• Let this guide the amount of
information (if you already
know this ahead of time you
can plan for this)
• Activate audience’s prior
knowledge, help them to
make connections to the
• If they have no PK,
frame the situation
Are you assessing? How? Or why
Any questions at this point?
• Active Learning!
– Audience members gain
knowledge by doing
– Feeling confident? Try PBL:
• Scaffold objectives, think
– Have the skills you impart
build upon each other
toward a final goal as you
go through the
• How do you get support
for an idea?
– Lay it out simply &
– Help audience make
– “real world” examples
Think about your Delivery…
How are you authentic when you
• Response systems
– Poll Everywhere, Socrative, clickers
• Streaming music
• What’s hot?
– list servs, tech blogs, librarian techie blogs
Make it fun
• Relax, laugh, smile
• Use funny pictures
• Pick “hot topics”
• Find your style and
make it work
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References & More Info
Burkhardt, J. M., & MacDonald, M. C. (2010). Teaching information literacy: 50
Standards-based exercises for college students. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.
Grassian, E. S., & Kapolwitz, J. R. (2009). Information literacy instruction theory and
practice. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman.
Hofer, A. R., Townsend, L., & Brunetti, K. (2012). Troublesome concepts and information
literacy: Investigating threshold concepts for IL instruction. Portal : Libraries and the
Academy, 12(4), 387-405.
Mackey, T. P., & Jacobson, T. E. (2011). Reframing information literacy as a metaliteracy.
College & Research Libraries, 72(1), 62-78.
Nentl, N., & Zietlow, R. (2008). Using bloom's taxonomy to teach critical thinking skills to
business students. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 15(1-2), 159-172.
Prevett, T. (2013). Razzle and dazzle ‘em: Stage directions for engaging instruction
sessions. College & Research Libraries News, 74(6) 317-18.
Tomlinson, C. A. (2008). The goals of differentiation. Educational Leadership, 66(3), 2630.
Favorite blogs: EDUCASE, Information Wants To Be Free, The Next Web , Information
List servs: ILI-L Information Literacy Instruction Discussion List, COLLIB-L College Libraries
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Nova Southeastern University
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