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Pedagogy: Library Pedagogy

Resources and information about library pedagogy

Teaching Best Practices


Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education by Arthur Chickering

  1. Encourages contacts between students and faculty
  2. Develops reciprocity and cooperation among students
  3. Uses active learning techniques
  4. Gives prompt feedback
  5. Emphasizes time on task
  6. Communicates high expectations
  7. Respects diverse talents and ways of learning

Mastery Teaching by Madeline Hunter – Instructional Model

  1. Anticipatory Set (what will be learned)
  2. Objective and Purpose
  3. Input (new knowledge or skill)
  4. Modeling (see what they are learning)
  5. Check for Understanding (asking questions)
  6. Guided Practice (teacher led)
  7. Independent Practice (an assignment)
  8. Closure (check of understanding)



Bewick, L., & Corrall, S. (2010). Developing librarians as teachers: a study of their pedagogical knowledge. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 42(2), 97–110. 

Houtman, E. (2010). “‘Trying to Figure It out’: Academic Librarians Talk about Learning to Teach.” Library and Information Research, 34(107), 18–40.

Kogut, A. (2021). Exploring teaching librarians' beliefs about undergraduate student learning. Communications in Information Literacy, 15(2).

Montgomery, M. (2015). Education theory and pedagogy for practical library instruction: how to learn what we really need to know. Communications in Information Literacy, 9(1), 19–23.

Otto, P. (2014). Librarians, libraries, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2014(139), 77–93. 



Accardi, M. T., Drabinski, E., & Kumbier, A. (2010). Critical library instruction: theories and methods. Library Juice Press.

Accardi, M. T., & Vukovic, J. (2013). Feminist pedagogy for library instruction. Library Juice Press. 

Benjes-Small, C. M., & Miller, R. K. (2017). The new instruction librarian: A workbook for trainers and learners. ALA Editions.  

Booth, C. (2011). Reflective teaching, effective learning: instructional literacy for library educators. American Library Association.

Buchanan, H. E., & McDonough, B. A. (2021). The one-shot library instruction survival guide (3rd ed.). ALA Editions. 

Budd, J. (2009). Framing library instruction. Association of College and Research Libraries. 

Burkhardt, J. M., MacDonald, M. C., & Rathemacher AndreĢe J. (2003). Teaching information literacy: 35 practical, standards-based exercises for college students. American Library Association. 

Calkins, K., & Kvenild, C. (2014). The embedded librarian's cookbook. Association of College and Research Libraries.

Carlson, C., & Brosnahan, E. (2009). Guiding students into information literacy: Strategies for teachers and teacher-librarians. Scarecrow Press. 

Cook, D., & Sittler, R.L. (2008). Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors: 17 Innovative Strategies to Improve Student Learning. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2008.

Fawley, N., & Krysak, N. (Eds.). (2016). Discovery tool cookbook: Recipes for successful lesson plans. Association of College and Research Libraries. 

Flaspohler, M. R. (2012). Engaging first-year students in meaningful library research: A practical guide for teaching faculty. Chandos Pub. 

Grassian, E.S., & Kaplowitz, J. R. (2009) Information literacy instruction: theory and practice. 2nd ed. Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.

Klipfel, K. M., & Cook, D. B. (2017). Learner-centered pedagogy: principles and practice. Facet Publishing.  

Leamnson, R. N. (1999). Thinking about teaching and learning : developing habits of learning with first year college and university students. Stylus Pub.  

Mallon, M. N., Hays, L., Bradley, C., Huisman, R., & Belanger, J. (Eds.). (2019). The grounded instruction librarian : participating in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Association of College and Research Libraries.

Markgraf, J., Hinnant, K., Jennings, E., & Kishel, H. (2015). Maximizing the one-shot : connecting library instruction with the curriculum. Rowman & Littlefield. 

McAdoo, M. L. (2012). Fundamentals of library instruction. American Library Association.  

McGuinness, C. (2011). Becoming Confident Teachers: A Guide for Academic Librarians. Chandos Publishing (Oxford) Ltd.

Morris, S. E. (Ed.). (2020). The critical thinking about sources cookbook. Association of College and Research Libraries. 

Murphy, M., & Button, A. (2019). Teaching first-year college students : a practical guide for librarians. Rowman & Littlefield. 

Pun, R., & Houlihan, M. (Eds.). (2017). The first-year experience cookbook. Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. 

Reale, M., & American Library Association. (2018). The indispensable academic librarian: teaching and collaborating for change. ALA Editions.

Rempel, H. G., et al. (2017). Understanding how students develop: a practical guide for librarians. Rowman & Littlefield.

Sittler, R. L., & Cook, D. (2009). The library instruction cookbook. Association of College and Research Libraries. 

Smith, S. S. (2006). Web-based instruction : a guide for libraries (2nd ed.). American Library Association.  

Su, D. (2014). Library instruction design: learning from Google and Apple. Chandos Publishing.  

Swanson, T. A., & Jagman, H. (Eds.). (2015). Not just where to click : teaching students how to think about information. Association of College and Research Libraries.

Torras, M.-C., & Sætre, T. P. (2009). Information literacy education: a process approach : professionalising the pedagogical role of academic libraries. Chandos Pub. 

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

Vossler, J. J., & Sheidlower, S. (2011). Humor and information literacy: practical techniques for library instruction. Libraries Unlimited. 

West, B., Hoffman, K., & Costello, M. (Eds.). (2017). Creative instructional design : practical applications for librarians. Association of College and Research Libraries.  


  • Teaching Channel: Great videos on various teaching strategies. Subscription, although some free on YouTube.
  • Alice Keeler: Tips on teaching with technology 
  • Edutopia: George Lucas Educational Foundation. While technology is integrated, has great examples of various teaching strategies in various K12 classrooms.
  • Looking up specific educators, example Anita Archer: While not limited to one channel, great examples of Anita Archer teaching in the classroom



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