Summer Reading List—Instruction Style

Learning about learning benefits us all. Whether you’re interested in public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, archives, or museums, it’s highly likely that instruction will be part of your job in some capacity. Learning about how people learn, studying information literacy instruction frameworks, and building a toolkit of learning activities are three things you can do to prepare for your career. 

This post will help get you started. Consider the following sites, articles, and books your new summer reading list—instruction style.

Know your Framework/Standards

For folks interested in academic and school librarianship especially, it’s important to be familiar with the appropriate information literacy framework or standards. Summer is a great time to review them.

Check out…

The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education from the Association for College & Research Libraries.

The National School Library Standards from the American Association of School Librarians.

Learn about Learning

Learning about how people learn will enhance your understanding of all aspects of instruction. To get started, check out How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, Marsha C. Lovett, and Richard E. Mayer. It’s practical and accessible—and a favorite of mine!

Delve into Pedagogy

No matter what population you’re teaching, seek out the appropriate pedagogy to ground your instruction. I’ve been enjoying Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Principles and Practice by Kevin Michael Klipfel and Dani Brecher Cook this summer. Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Practice by Esther S. Grassian and Joan R. Kaplowitz is another excellent resource.

Find Practical Examples

Practical examples of instruction activities are lifesaving. Seek them out and add them to your toolkit.

Check out…

In The Library With The Lead Pipe to stay up to date on trends in library instruction.

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians by Hazel McClure, Patricia Bravender, and Gayle Schaub.

This list is by no means comprehensive, so please feel free to add your favorite instruction resources in the comments! What would you add to this summer reading list?


Katelyn Sabelko is an MA student in the iSchool at UW-Madison. She currently works at Edgewood College in the Oscar Rennebohm Library. She keeps busy as cochair of the WLA Student Interest Group and secretary for the ALA Student Chapter at UW-Madison. Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

2 replies

  1. Great list Katelyn! I love this book on collaborative learning in higher ed:

    Barkley, E. F., Major, C. H., & Cross, K. P. (2014). Collaborative Learning Techniques: a Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco: Wiley-Blackwell.

    There are some really great evidence-based pedagogical strategies in there that can easily be adapted to in-person or online instruction. Might be a good place to look for building up a toolkit!

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