Becoming Confident Teachers

A Guide for Academic Librarians


  • Claire McGuinness, Lecturer, School of Information and Library Studies,University College Dublin, Ireland.

Becoming Confident Teachers examines the teaching role of information professionals at a time of transition and change in higher education. While instruction is now generally accepted as a core library function in the 21st century, librarians often lack sufficient training in pedagogy and instructional design; consequently finding their teaching responsibilities to be stressful and challenging. By exploring the requirements and responsibilities of the role, this book guides teaching librarians to a position where they feel confident that they have acquired the basic body of knowledge and procedures to handle any kind of instructional requests that come their way, and to be proactive in developing and promoting teaching and learning initiatives. In addition, this book suggests strategies and methods for self-development and fostering a “teacher identity,” giving teaching librarians a greater sense of purpose and direction, and the ability to clearly communicate their role to non-library colleagues and within the public sphere.
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Professional and para-professional academic librarians, as well as students of Library and Information Science (LIS), information service managers and researchers


Book information

  • Published: July 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-629-6


…a sound and satisfying work on teaching librarianship., College and Research Libraries
McGuinness's work has many strengths., College and Research Libraries
This book is a goldmine for practical 'how to' tips, but it is also a book that advocates why librarians should become teaching librarians., IFLA SET Bulletin

Table of Contents

The evolving role of the teaching librarian; Teaching librarians: 10 concepts shaping the role; Preparing teaching librarians for practice: Focusing on the basics; Confidence-zappers and how to handle them; Personal and professional development as a teaching librarian; What librarians think: Teaching and learning in the real world.