An invaluable guide for MLS professionals and students, this new book explains how librarians can select an effective method of library instruction based on their users, the objectives of the instruction and the delivery environment. The content describes the different methods available and in what circumstances the methods are most effective. It includes descriptions of curriculums for the methods currently available and describes a range of objectives the curriculums meet and the common environments librarians use for instruction. Information Literacy Instruction also introduces two new ideas for methods of instruction: one which combines information literacy with cyber-literacy (MLI) forming an instructional method appropriate for internet users and internet information and the Fully Automated Reference Instruction (FARI) that actively involves users with the instruction while completing research they are currently involved in for specific targeted classes.

Key Features

  • Introduction to multi-literacy instruction
  • Using instruction to protect users from disinformation on the Internet
  • New active learning idea for web based instruction (MLI and FARI)


Academic and public librarians, MLS instructors and students at both the undergraduate and graduate level

Table of Contents


List of figures

List of tables


About the author


Chapter 1: Methods of instruction

Chapter 2: Objectives of instruction

Chapter 3: Participant populations, library environments, and learning environments

Chapter 4: Effective ILI methods

Chapter 5: The future of information literacy instruction

Appendix ACRL competencies, standards, performance indicators, and outcomes



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© 2011
Chandos Publishing
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About the author

John Walsh

John Walsh has over 10 years' experience in academic and corporate libraries. He is currently a PhD. Student of the School for Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. He has been researching the effectiveness of information literacy instruction since 2006 and currently works in access services at Cochise College Libraries in Sierra Vista, AZ.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Midifery Service at Stanford, Associate Professor, University of San Francisco, School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA


This book sets out in a clear and readable way some different approaches to IL teaching and points to a way forward., Journal of Information Literacy