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Understanding How Students Develop

A Practical Guide for Librarians

Hannah Gascho Rempel; Kelly McElroy and Laurie M. Bridges

Paperback
Understanding How Students Develop is a one-stop source of practical advice for librarians just beginning to work with students from elementary school through college as well as helpful tips for library user services professionals, including school, reference, instruction, and outreach librarians. The book supplies a detailed roadmap for applying key development theories to daily interactions with students.

Subjects covered include:

  • Integrating development theories into practice
  • Intellectual development theories
  • Identity development theory
  • Involvement theory
  • Assessing the impact of using development theories
Throughout the book sidebars highlight practical applications, important quotations from key texts, and case studies for consideration. After reading this book, librarians who work with a wide range of users will have a practical approach for incorporating development theories into their daily practice, making them more responsive to the varying needs of their users, and more understanding of what elements of their user services programs can be better tailored to meet students at a range of developmental stages.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 134Size: 8 1/2 x 11
978-1-4422-7921-6 • Paperback • September 2017 • $65.00 • (£44.95)
978-1-4422-7922-3 • eBook • September 2017 • $64.99 • (£44.95) (coming soon)
Hannah Gascho Rempel is an associate professor at Oregon State University Libraries in the Teaching and Engagement Department. Since joining OSU in 2007, she has spearheaded the development of OSU Libraries’ services for graduate students and has been deeply involved in the Teaching and Engagement Department’s transition to a more strategic focus on learner-centered instruction activities.

Kelly McElroy is an assistant professor and student engagement and community outreach librarian at Oregon State University Libraries. She is the co-editor of the two-volume book, Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, which won the 2017 ACRL Instruction Section Rockman Publication of the Year Award.

Laurie M. Bridges is an associate professor and instruction and outreach librarian at Oregon State University Libraries. In addition to her role within the libraries, Laurie Bridges has served for over five years as a graduate advisor and thesis committee chair for numerous students in the OSU College Student Services Administration program.

Chapter 1 - Turning Theory into Practice
Chapter 2 - Encouraging Intellectual Growth
Chapter 3 - Making Sense of Difficult Problems
Chapter 4 - Building on Past Learning Experiences
Chapter 5 - Developing the Learner’s Voice
Chapter 6 - Understanding How Sense of Self Changes over Time
Chapter 7 - Engaging Learners in Their Education
Chapter 8 - Connecting Current and Future Theories
Appendix: Further Recommended Reading
Most librarians are not exposed to learning and development theory in school, and yet these theories are an important foundation to practice, especially in user services. This book provides readers with an overview of some of the most relevant theories, presented in accessible language and with solid examples and scenarios that demonstrate how to translate the theory into practice. This would be a handy book for reference and instruction professionals, as well as LIS students interested in user services.
Laura Saunders, Associate Professor, Simmons College


This work will is valuable to any librarian who desires to move beyond observation and intuition enhancing reference, instruction and outreach programs. It brings together student development theory, established and enriched since the 1950s, with the practical needs of librarians as they daily interact with students. The authors predicate their work on the similarities between Student Affairs and Libraries. Chapters sequentially introduce a specific student development theory then provide real-life examples of how that theory relates to library practice. Quoted scenarios from practicing librarians are particularly useful in moving from the theoretical to the practical.
John Pollitz, Dean of Library Affairs, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University


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