Chapter 1

The Academic Librarian as Teacher

Abstract

The role of the academic librarian has changed from traditionally static to one in which change is constant. Within these changes, instruction has become an essential aspect of this role. Teaching has become an important part of what librarians do. Library science programs today prepare librarians to teach at varying levels, from no preparation at all to the provision of practical experience along with pedagogical course work. In light of this current reality, academic librarians must find ways to gain teaching competence through on-the-job experience, as well as continuing education. They are forced to define their position in relation to faculty instructors within the academic institution and ...

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