The Pivotal Role of Academic Librarians in Digital Learning
by Melissa N. Mallon
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Establish your academic library's key role in supporting student learning and as an integral part of the learning environment in today’s increasingly digital environment.
The current budget-constrained, rapidly evolving climate of higher education and academic libraries makes it a necessity for academic librarians and administrators to communicate the value of their library to the university. This book explains how to execute this critical task.
Authored by a library director and director of library liason and instructional services who formerly served as a faculty member, a librarian, and a professional development instructor, The Pivotal Role of Academic Librarians in Digital Learning establishes the library's role in supporting student learning in an increasingly digital environment by exploring theoretical foundations and sharing concrete examples. The chapters focus on strategies and methods for demonstrating the academic library's value through strategic campus partnerships, creation of learning objects such as video tutorials, research instruction designed to facilitate student collaboration, and participation in assessment of learning on campus.
All of the topics addressed within a broad range of subject matter fall within the scope of learning in the "digital age," with particular emphasis on utilizing online learning environments—including social media—to teach students critical thinking and research skills as well as to position the academic library as an integral part of the modern learning environment. This book is a must-read for academic librarians in instructional roles, teaching faculty, academic library administrators and managers who need to communicate the value of the library in relation to student learning, and academic administrators who are obligated to demonstrate the important role of libraries in academic excellence.
- Advocates and explains the instructional role of academic librarians—a role that is key and continuing to grow in importance
- Furnishes practical examples of digital products and proven processes to aid in student learning
- Provides concrete methodologies to use technology to increase the visibility and perceived value of academic libraries
- Illustrates the use of templates, lesson plans, and other tools that serve teaching librarians