1st Edition

Leading Dynamic Information Literacy Programs Best Practices and Stories from Instruction Coordinators

Edited By Anne C. Behler Copyright 2023
    186 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    186 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Leading Dynamic Information Literacy Programs delves into the library instruction coordinator’s work. Each chapter is written by practicing coordinators, who share their experiences leading information literacy programs that are nimble, responsive, and supportive of student learning.

    The volume discusses the work of instruction coordinators within five thematic areas: Claiming our Space: Library Instruction in the Landscape of Higher Education; Moving and Growing Together; Curriculum Development; Meaningful Assessment; and Leading Change. Readers will gain insight from their colleagues’ advice for situating information literacy within the higher education institution, developing meaningful curricula, and using assessment in productive ways. Many of the stories represent a departure from traditional models of library instruction. In addition, this book is sure to spark inspiration for innovative approaches to program leadership and development, including strategies for growing communities of practice.

    From leadership skills and techniques, methods for cultivating shared values, pedagogical approaches, team building, assessment strategies – and everything in between – the aspiring or practicing instruction coordinator has much to gain from reading this work.


    Anne C. Behler, Editor

    Part I. Claiming our Space: Library instruction in the landscape of higher education

    Chapter 1. Navigating a Shifting Landscape: Information Literacy in Higher Education

    Clarence Maybee

    Chapter 2. Situating Information Literacy within the Institution: Building a Dynamic Program

    Mary MacDonald

    Part II. Moving and Growing Together

    Chapter 3. Program Foundations: Establishing Values, Boundaries, and Priorities

    Rebecca Miller Waltz

    Chapter 4. From Individual to Community: Building a Community of Practice Around Teaching

    Rachel W. Gammons, Yelena Luckert, Anastasia Armendariz, Lindsay Inge Carpenter

    Part III. Curriculum Development

    Chapter 5. Instruction by Design: Embedding the Library into Curriculum Design

    Rachel I. Wightman

    Chapter 6. The Right Tools for the Job: Integrating a Variety of Instructional Modes into an Information Literacy Program

    Dani Brecher Cook

    Part IV. Meaningful Assessment

    Chapter 7. Improving Information Literacy Instruction through Programmatic Student Learning Assessment

    Maoria J. Kirker, Ashley Blinstrub

    Part V. Leading Change

    Chapter 8. That’s not the way we’ve Always Done it: Coordinating Research Instruction with Innovation, Teamwork, Assessment, and Collaboration

    Emily Z. Brown, Susan Souza-Mort

    Chapter 9. Time for a Reboot! Making Space for Instruction Program Development

    Anne C. Behler



    Anne C. Behler is Information Literacy Librarian and Instruction Coordinator for the Library Learning Services department of the Penn State University Libraries, where she leads curriculum innovation for foundational information literacy instruction. Behler’s recent scholarship explores instruction delivery strategies and leading instruction communities of practice.