Online Instruction: A Practical Guide for Librarians provides an overview of online instruction, teaching, and programming in all types of libraries. It features actionable steps for starting and improving online programs.
Starting with the history of online instruction and moving into creating a personal pedagogy, establishing organizational policies and procedures, and tips for general programming, author Emily Mroczek features specific examples from librarians to help readers find their way in the digital world. Public librarians, school librarians, and special librarians are featured with experiences and tips that can be modified and applied to any library setting. Ideas exist to help librarians learn from successes and mistakes and establish an engaged and productive online learning community.
Mroczek identifies the pros and cons of different options available for online instructions, tips and tricks for engaging various audiences and strategies for hybrid learning.
Technical tips include pros and cons of various online platforms and streaming services, an in-depth look at Zoom and a guide to evaluate and recommend specific digital resources in categories from content curation to games to calendars and scheduling.
Guidelines for navigating copyright law and staying up-to-date with accessibility standards serve as an educational starting point for librarians, managers, and program designers.
As technology, online instruction, and librarianship continue to evolve, this book will help librarians navigate the ever-changing functions and offer better instruction for their communities.
Emily Mroczek (Bayci) is a children’s services librarian in the Chicago suburbs. She has worked in various libraries across the United States for the past five years and focuses on bridging the digital divide and online learning. Her experience includes working as an instructional design assistant for the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, designing computer labs for churches, and training children and seniors in technology.
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Chapter 1: Online Instruction: Background and Getting Started
Chapter 2: Pedagogical Matters
Chapter 3: Policies and Procedures
Chapter 4: General Programming
Chapter 5: Building Community
Chapter 6: Choosing a Platform
Chapter 7: Zoom
Chapter 8: Recommended Resources
Chapter 9: Copyright
Chapter 10: Digital Accessibility
Chapter 11: Putting it All Together
About the Author
Online Instruction marries brief, insightful discussions of history and theory with practical guidance to achieve high quality online instruction. Using self-reflection prompts and interviews with a variety of practicing instructional librarians, Mroczek’s work is easy-to-read and highly instructive, especially for fledgling online instructors.
Weaving practical pedagogical tips and strategies with theoretical questions related to topics such as accessibility, copyright, and technology adoption, Emily Mroczek provides a clear and attainable roadmap for librarians planning online instruction, programming, and community engagement. Online Instruction: A Practical Guide for Librarians is a useful primer for educators in all types of libraries looking to strengthen and grow their online teaching efforts.