One of the things about being a Research [read: Reference] Librarian, is that you regularly get to see a lot of guidebooks, handbooks, and various resources for other departments, but not so many for the library. As far as my personal use of Reference books, I only use what I use. That is, if I need the book for instruction ideas, or for a guideline for best practice, the book is probably not put back on the shelf- it’s probably sitting in a pile close by, at the ready for my instant use! If it’s sitting on a shelf, I may not ever get around to referring to it – especially if it comes to instruction. If it doesn’t have more that one sticky-note lodged in it’s pages, it probably isn’t a very good resource for me.
So I thought it good practice to put two titles that I use regularly, for inspiration and practice:
Cook, Douglas & Ryan L. Sittler. Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors: 17 Innovative Strategies to Improve Student Learning. Chicago: ACRL, 2008. Print.
Burkhardt, Joanna M., Mary C. MacDonald, Andree J. Rathemacher. Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-based Exercises for College Students. Chicago: ALA, 2010. Print.
Now, I don’t have to plug the Teaching book, just because it’s authors work at URI (Alum-Pride-woot-woot!), but I also have the older version of this book from 2003, and it isn’t quite as good. They have made lot of improvements in layout and relevancy in the lessons presented. It is really a great resource for any instruction library.
Do you have any great resources that you use everyday? I’d love to hear from you!