Instruction in American academic libraries

Hanrong Wang


This chapter provides an overview of the historical development of library use and information literacy instruction in US academic libraries. It focuses on the theory and practices of library instruction from its origins during the colonial period, its true inception in the 1820s, up until the current day, with an emphasis on instructional methods and content, as well as how changes in formats and the advent of electronic resources has affected instruction. Programmed instruction, individualized instruction, competency-based instruction, the library–college movement, and online versus face-to-face instruction are covered. Finally, trends and anticipated futures are enumerated, ...

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