Information Literacy Education: A Process Approach

1st Edition

Professionalising the Pedagogical Role of Academic Libraries

Print ISBN: 9781843343868
eBook ISBN: 9781780631424
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 30th September 2008
Page Count: 126

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From a traditional role of information gatekeepers, librarians have been challenged to become pedagogues who teach and counsel students in information literacy. The aim of this book is to professionalise the educational role of academic libraries. It helps information professionals design and carry out information literacy education programmes. The book puts forward a process-oriented approach to information literacy user education. Practical ways are outlined in which librarians’ pedagogical involvement in higher education can be enhanced. By applying two general didactic models, the book meets the information professionals’ needs to make theoretically founded and independent choices in her teaching and supervisory practices as well as critically reflecting on them. Examples of best and less good practice are drawn upon to provide scenarios for reflection which can inspire and enrich the information professional’s work.

Key Features

  • Provides the information professional with a practical framework to get started on a new user education programme for information literacy or to redesign an existing one
  • Puts forward a model of user education which contextualises information search and use within the framework of academic writing
  • Helps the academic library, as a professional community, to build up a common educational platform for information literacy which will enhance its educational role in the higher education landscape


Academic librarians other information professionals working with information literacy and LIS education.

Table of Contents

An educational platform for information literacy; Designing process-oriented information literacy education: The library practitioner as a professional and autonomous educator; Facilitating the student’s research process: The academic librarian as a supervisor; Conclusions.


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I found the scenarios particular highlights because they bought the theories alive…and made me question my own practice, Journal of Information Literacy
There should be much of interest for both academic librarians who teach and librarians who lead IL strategy within their institutions, Journal of Information Literacy
...a committed contribution to librarians' efforts towards professionalization, Information Research