Improving Library Instruction by Design

Macalester College, St. Paul, MN 
March 16, 2011 

Librarians are often teachers and instructors. Librarians are creating more and more online tutorials and instructional content. These aren't new roles for librarians but historically (and currently) training in library school is often lacking in these areas. Some libraries are hiring experts to support the expanded teaching and learning mission of libraries--enter the Instructional Designer. Instructional Design helps librarians clarify the objectives and create a process for developing instruction and develop methods to assess learning. Instructional design can help libraries move their online and face-to-face instruction to the next level. 

Learn about the University of Minnesota Libraries experience in hiring an instructional designer, see examples the designer has worked on, and discover the challenges of helping librarians begin to trust/understand the instructional design process. In this session, you will also learn what an instructional designer can do for your library, what types of projects could benefit from instructional design and how you can begin designing better instruction today. 

Presentation Slides: Download 

Suggested Resources

Bell, S. J., & Shank, J. D. (2007). Academic librarianship by design: A blended librarian's guide to the tools and techniques. Chicago: American Library Association. 

Veldof, J. R. (2006). Creating the one-shot library workshop: A step-by-step guide. Chicago: American Library Association.

Wiggins, G. P., & McTighe, J. (2008). Understanding by design. Alexandria, Va: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 

Zenke, Irhig, and Peterson (2011): Improving the Reference Interview: An Instructional Designer Introduces Video Game Design For Staff Development Webcast through The Blended Librarian. Held on Thursday, March 3, 2011. The archived webcast should be posted soon.

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