Becoming Confident Teachers examines the teaching role of information professionals at a time of transition and change in higher education. While instruction is now generally accepted as a core library function in the 21st century, librarians often lack sufficient training in pedagogy and instructional design; consequently finding their teaching responsibilities to be stressful and challenging. By exploring the requirements and responsibilities of the role, this book guides teaching librarians to a position where they feel confident that they have acquired the basic body of knowledge and proce
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-220) and index
1. The evolving role of the teaching librarian : Teaching librarians and the information literacy revolution ; Who is the 'teaching librarian'? ; Should librarians teach? ; Teaching librarians, what do academics think? ; Teaching librarians and professional education -- 2. Teaching librarians: 10 concepts shaping the role : Developing a 'teacher identity' ; Reflective practice ; Developing a personal teaching philosophy and pedagogical knowledge base ; The virtual learning environment ; Teaching a diverse student base ; Information literacy for graduate students and researchers ; Instructional training for librarians ; Action research in practice ; Reinvigorated strategies for collaboration ; Advocacy: spreading the word
3. Preparing teaching librarians for practice: focusing on the basics : What are the basics? ; Conceptualising information literacy ; Articulating the educational mission of the library ; Learning theories ; Broad learning frameworks ; Instructional needs assessment ; Writing goals, objectives and intended learning outcomes ; Selecting teaching and learning activities ; Creating effective learning materials ; Aligning assessment with learning outcomes and activities ; Promotion and outreach
4. Confidence-zappers and how to handle them : 'Attendance at our elective information literacy workshops is poor; what can I do to encourage students to sign up?' ; 'How can I facilitate active learning with such a large group of students? Is it possible to do more than lecture?' ; 'I'm having trouble keeping the students interested in class; they seem bored and unmotivated. Is there anything I can do?' ; 'It seems like everyone on campus is using the VLE/CMS for their teaching, and I feel left behind; how can I get started with it?' ; 'I have to teach a group of adult learners and I find it intimidating; how can I live up to their expectations?' ; 'A lecturer has asked me to give a one-hour session with her class, but no specific idea of what she wants me to cover; how can I develop an effective session?'
5. Personal and professional development as a teaching librarian : Evaluation of teaching performance ; Student evaluation of teaching ; Peer evaluation of teaching ; Applying for teaching grants and awards ; Teaching portfolios ; Reflective journals and blogs ; Mentoring ; Professional learning communities ; Creating and sustaining communities of practice ; Publishing in journals and presenting at conferences
6. What librarians think: teaching and learning in the real world : Librarians' work roles, training, and involvement in teaching ; Involvement in teaching networks and communities ; Teaching grants and awards ; Librarians' beliefs about how role is perceived by 'outsiders' ; Librarians' pre-employment role conceptions compared with current role experience ; Librarians' confidence in teaching ; Librarians' challenges in the teaching role ; What do librarians enjoy about teaching? ; Librarians' conceptions of 'good' teaching ; Librarians' additional comments about the teaching role ; Academic librarians' experience of teaching: a short survey