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Library Instruction Nirvana vs. Library Instruction Reality: Balancing & Prioritizing Instruction Strategies, Reflections by a New Librarian–Hanna Schmillen

“I just realized this week that I cannot do it all, so I will do what I can fabulously.” – Clinton Kelly, 2013 Yes, I just quoted a fashion expert and media personality, but it’s insanely relatable. As a fairly … Continue reading

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A Follow-Up: Teaching Creatively by Mandi Goodsett

Thanks to the generosity of the Instruction Interest Group, I had an opportunity to present about creative library instruction at the ALAO conference in Wilmington, OH, this past October. I thought it might be helpful for those who missed the … Continue reading

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Online IL Instruction: Describing the Evolution of Instructional Librarianship by Paul Clayton Campbell

As an instructional librarian working at a non-residential campus, I find that more and more students opt for taking courses online instead of traditional, face-to-face courses. This trend is neither anything new nor is it limited to my campus. As a whole, … Continue reading

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The Dark German Forest of Library Instruction by Paul Clayton Campbell

“Okay?” “Alright.” “Okay?” “Alright, ready.” Just like the intro to RadioLab, I sometimes find myself having a similar internal dialog right before I step into my library instruction room.  I have done library instruction for what seems like a million … Continue reading

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From Concept to ePublication: Students Explore the Lifecycle of an eBook

As the primary instructor for a semester-long credit course called Information in the Digital Age, I recently had the opportunity to facilitate an ebook project that incorporates HTML coding and file conversion alongside traditional research methods. Students worked both independently … Continue reading

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Adding Assessment to the Library One-Shot

Assessment has become an increasingly important aspect of information literacy instruction. More and more, academic libraries are being asked to go beyond simple metrics, such as number of sessions taught, and instead find ways to demonstrate that their students are … Continue reading

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Teaching with Discovery

Several Ohio libraries have been using web-scale discovery services, such as Serials Solutions’ Summon, WorldCat Local, or EBSCO Discovery Service for several years. In January of 2013, 58 OhioLINK member libraries started implementing EBSCO Discovery Service. Many of us have … Continue reading

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