University Libraries & Learning Sciences Faculty and Staff Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-13-2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide academic instruction librarians with a model for integrating concepts from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework into “one-shot” library instruction sessions without losing the practical experience of searching the library resources.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors adapted the Cephalonian method as the structure of first-year library instruction sessions for an English composition class. The sessions were re-designed to emphasize the core concepts of information literacy while incorporating active learning activities and discussion.

Findings

The authors found the Cephalonian method to be a useful structure for incorporating aspects of the ACRL Framework into the first-year library instruction program. The call-and-response format fosters conversations and leads seamlessly into hands-on activities. When used as part of “flipped” instruction, the Cephalonian method allows instructors to engage students who have completed the online portion and those who have not.

Practical implications

This paper offers librarians practical ideas for incorporating the information literacy concepts outlined in the ACRL Framework into one-shot instruction sessions.

Originality/value

With the recent adoption of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education by ACRL, there is a need for practical examples of how to incorporate the frames into existing library instruction programs.

Publisher

Emerald

Publication Title

Reference Services Review

ISSN

0090-7324

Volume

45

Issue

1

First Page

117

Last Page

130

DOI

10.1108/RSR-07-2016-0044

Language (ISO)

English

Keywords

Information literacy, library instruction, engagement, ACRL Framework, Cephalonian method, one-shot

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