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Critical Thinking Within the Library Program

1st Edition

Edited by John Spencer, Christopher Millson-Martula


264 pages

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While academic librarians frequently discuss critical thinking and its relationship to information literacy, the literature does not contain an abundance of sources on the topic. Therefore, this works provides a current and timely perspective on the possible roles of critical thinking within the library program. The work contains a variety of approaches likely to benefit the practicing librarian. It begins with a review of the literature, followed by theoretical approaches involving constructivism and the Socratic method. Readers will find pieces on the integration of critical thinking into the first-year experience and course-specific case studies, as well as a selection on a campus-wide critical thinking project. In each of the pieces, librarians are exploring new ways to meet their instructional goals, including the goal of teaching critical thinking skills to students across the curriculum.

This book was originally published as a special issue of College & Undergraduate Libraries.

Table of Contents

  2. The Evolution of Critical Thinking Skills in Library Instruction, 1986–2006: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography and Review of Selected Programs Erin L. Ellis and Kara M. Whatley
  3. Promoting Critical Thinking Skills in Online Information Literacy Instruction Using a Constructivist Approach Maryellen Allen
  4. Finding a Socratic Method for Information Literacy Instruction Nicholas Schiller
  5. Step by Step through the Scholarly Conversation: A Collaborative Library/Writing Faculty Project to Embed Information Literacy and Promote Critical Thinking in First Year Composition at Oregon State University Anne-Marie Deitering and Sara Jameson
  6. Advancing Critical Thinking and Information Literacy Skills in First Year College Students Mark Alfino, Michele Pajer, Linda Pierce, and Kelly O’Brien Jenks
  7. Modeling Scholarly Inquiry: One Article at a Time Anne Marie Gruber, Mary Anne Knefel, and Paul Waelchli
  8. Critical Thinking is a Life Relevancy: A Hospitality Management Student Case Study Monica Berger
  9. Information Literacy in Subject-Specific Vocabularies: A Path to Critical Thinking Linda Heichman Taylor
  10. Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Teach Critical Thinking Skills to Business Students Nancy Nentl and Ruth Zietlow
  11. You Can Lead Students to Sources, but Can You Make Them Think? Pamela Hayes-Bohanan and Elizabeth Spievak
  12. We Won’t Be Fooled Again: Teaching Critical Thinking via Evaluation of Hoax and Historical Revisionist Websites in a Library Credit Course Stephanie M. Mathson and Michael G. Lorenzen
  13. Learning More About How They Think: Information Literacy Instruction in a Campus-Wide Critical Thinking Project Corey M. Johnson, Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, and Scott Walter

About the Editors

John Spencer is Coordinator of Reference and Periodicals at the Foley Center Library, Gonzaga University, Spokane, USA.

Christopher Millson-Martula is Director of the Library at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General