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Ideas for Librarians Who Teach With Suggestions for Teachers and Business Presenters
978-0-8108-5212-9 • Paperback
October 2005 • $45.00 • (£27.95)
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Pages: 232
Size: 7 3/4 x 9
By Naomi Lederer
 
Education | Reference
Scarecrow Press
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Containing nearly one thousand individual ideas and bits of advice for teaching, Ideas for Librarians Who Teach is tailored primarily to librarians, but most of the suggestions put forth can be applied to anyone who will be getting up in front of a group to teach (e.g. teachers, business trainers, workshop leaders, craft instructors). If someone has some knowledge or skill to share, this book will help him or her teach it with confidence.

Chapters cover diverse topics that range from preparing for a session to looking over the classroom, and from dealing with questions to using visuals, Web pages, and handouts. There are suggestions for teaching audiences with different learning styles as well as teaching foreign students (and vice versa). Group learning ideas and practical suggestions for what to put on feedback forms are also included. Promoting library instruction, teaching via distance education, dealing with disruptive students, and coping with burnout are addressed with applicable recommendations. There is an extensive bibliography and recommended resources throughout for additional or more detailed descriptions of some of the ideas. Also, example syllabi and a workshop outline are provided as appendixes.

Whether using this book as a base for a semester-long course or for a workshop on teaching, librarians who teach, or who are about to start teaching, will find this book very helpful. Every academic, public, school, and corporate library should have this book.
Naomi Lederer is an Associate Professor and Reference Librarian at the Morgan Library at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 1. Knowing the Material
Part 3 2. Librarian as Key Tool
Part 4 3. Customizing Sessions
Chapter 5 Assignments
Chapter 6 Lecture/Hands-On/Other
Chapter 7 Useful Resources
Chapter 8 Learner's Search Process
Chapter 9 Team Teaching
Chapter 10 Another Way to Provide Instruction
Chapter 11 Instructional Design
Part 12 4. In the Classroom...Teaching
Chapter 13 Icebreakers
Chapter 14 Discussion
Chapter 15 Critical Thinking
Chapter 16 Tours
Part 17 5. Diverse Students and Foreign Teachers
Chapter 18 Generally Speaking
Chapter 19 American Students, Foreign Teacher
Chapter 20 About Americans (for Foreigners)
Chapter 21 Fitting In while in the United States
Part 22 6. The Classroom
Chapter 23 School Library/Media Center
Chapter 24 New Classroom/Lab
Part 25 7. Questions
Part 26 8. Visuals
Chapter 27 Black or White Board
Chapter 28 Overhead Transparencies
Chapter 29 Presentation Software
Chapter 30 Flip Charts
Chapter 31 Videos
Part 32 9. Using Web Pages
Part 33 10. Handouts
Chapter 34 Hands-On Assignments
Part 35 11. Humor
Part 36 12. Learning Styles, Different Learners
Chapter 37 Myers-Briggs
Chapter 38 North, South, East, and West
Chapter 39 Students with Disabilities
Chapter 40 Learning Differences
Chapter 41 Non-Traditional Students
Chapter 42 High-Risk/Gifted Students
Chapter 43 K-12/Adult Differences
Part 44 13. Group Learning
Chapter 45 Forming Groups
Chapter 46 Pre-Activity
Chapter 47 Example Methods
Chapter 48 Virtual Groups
Chapter 49 Library Setting
Part 50 14. Evaluation Feedback Improving
Part 51 15. Promoting Library Instruction
Chapter 52 University/College
Chapter 53 K-12
Chapter 54 Marketing/Promoting
Chapter 55 Promote Value
Part 56 16. Distance Education
Chapter 57 On Television: In General
Chapter 58 As Course Instructor on Television
Chapter 59 Computer Instruction
Part 60 17. Miscellaneous
Chapter 61 Disruptive Students
Chapter 62 Complaints/Problems
Chapter 63 Burnout
Chapter 64 Teaching a Credit Course
Part 65 Appendix A: Example Syllabus 1
Part 66 Appendix B: Example Syllabus 2
Part 67 Appendix C: Example Workshop Outline
Part 68 Bibliography
Part 69 Index
Part 70 About the Author
Though many books dealing with library instruction already exist, this one stands out. With this new work, Lederer compiles the best ideas from her past teaching experience...the result is a multifaceted, practical handbook that can be used by librarians teaching in any library environment....Whether you've been teaching for many years or are just starting out, you'll find Ideas for Librarians Who Teach enormously handy and inspiring. Highly recommended.
Public Libraries, March/April 2007


...this book of advice is a $35 investment in a private tutor that can be consulted almost any time.
Teacher Librarian


Increasingly, librarians need to teach. This book provides almost 1,000 practical tips to make instruction effective, based on the author's teaching experience and standard readings in the area....This work is a dip-and-browse resource.
Booklist, 3/1/2006


This guide to library instruction is a valuable tool for newbies or veterans....The manual will be useful not only to teaching librarians, but also to anyone who is required to lead workshops, to teach sessions, or to give presentations in business and education.
School Library Journal, 5/1/2006


Lederer brings a wealth of practical experience to bear in Ideas For Librarians who Teach....The book draws on many highly relevant source ideas and issues...the advice is helpful and relevant...
THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY: INFORMATION AND COMPUTER SCIENCES


Lederer (a reference librarian at Colorado State U.) offers nearly 1,000 ideas and tips for teaching library instruction (a.k.a. bibliographic instruction) to a wide variety of audiences. Although primarily tailored to librarians, the suggestions may be applied to anyone who teaches, including business trainers, workshop leaders, and craft instructors. Topics include (for example) answering questions, understanding different learning styles, and dealing with disruptive students. Sample syllabi and a workshop outline are provided in the appendix.
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