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Cybrarian extraordinaire; compelling information literacy instruction.


Cybrarian extraordinaire; compelling information literacy instruction.

Smith, Felicia A.

Libraries Unlimited


112 pages




Smith, an associate librarian at the University of Notre Dame, has dressed in a pirate costume, become a flying leprechaun avatar, and starred in a YouTube video, all in the service of the profession. She describes active-learning exercises and activities designed to make library instruction more engaging for a variety of audiences. Coverage encompasses techniques for different settings and situations, such as mandatory classes, for-credit classes, orientations, 15-minute drop-in sessions, outreach workshops, and smartboard workshops for library employees. Emphasis is given to the role of technology in instruction, such as its use in Second Life, wireless reading devices, and educational games. The book also discusses career paths for Generation X librarians and cybrarians. An appendix of tools includes a storyboard for a library 'commercial,' a sample daily syllabus and written class activities, and educational posters for bathroom stalls. The book is illustrated with b&w drawings, cartoons, and screenshots.

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Date:Jun 1, 2011
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