The information age has brought the need for information literacy to everyone’s doorstep. With 24-hour news cycles, newspaper websites, and social media, it is more important than ever before that library patrons have a grasp on information literacy. Libraries can teach patrons how to search for information and evaluate the sources that they encounter. They can also use the same technology that inundates the patron with information to reach out to those patrons who may not see the gap in their knowledge. Speaking specifically about academic libraries, librarians can now use remote teaching tools to bring their library instruction into the classroom, embed themselves on websites like Blackboard, where they will always be just a click away from their users, and advise students on the best electronic resources to streamline the research process. This is a more efficient use of time for both the students and the faculty alike.
Library instruction can be more creative as well. Instead of shepherding a class of thirty students around the library, disrupting patrons who are there to study quietly, librarians can set up virtual tours and other interactive digital services that the students can view before the instruction session. Then, the instruction session can be more open to helping them with their specific research questions.
This session explored some of the more creative and flexible ways that technology has improved library instruction, both from the perspective of the patron and the librarian. It also reviewed newly trending and upcoming technologies that the library might consider integrating into their existing services.
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