Education Resources for Librarians

Let me first thank Emily Gover & EasyBib for inviting us to a webinar on “Communicating the Value of Information Literacy.” Dani and I immensely enjoyed the experience and we appreciate all the wonderful feedback we received from librarians all over the world! I think that, aside from all their resources,  they’re running one of the best information literacy blogs around; be sure to check it out in the link on our sidebar.

After the webinar there were questions about what educational resources (books, articles, etc..)  we would recommend as being of value to librarians interested in gaining a deeper understanding of pedagogy. I thought it might be useful, then, to prepare a short bibliography of these resources, in hopes that some other librarians will find them useful. Keep in mind that this is just my own take on things; I’m sure there’s many other things worth reading, and I know that Dani has lots of wonderful suggestions different from these. Nevertheless, here’s a list, in no particular order, of some educational resources I think are important for librarians.

“Popular” Books discussing Quality Empirical Literature in Educational Psychology

Willingham, D. T. (2009). Why Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What it  Means  for  the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Deci, E. L., & Flaste, R. (1995). Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self- Motivation. New York: Penguin.

Tough, P. (2013). How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. New York: Mariner Books.

Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: the new psychology of success. New York: Random House.

Resources on Student-Centered Pedagogy and Student Engagement

*Reeve, J. (2009). Why Teachers Adopt a Controlling Motivating Style Toward Students and How They Can Become More Autonomy Supportive. Educational Psychologist, 44(3), pp. 159–175.

*If there’s one article you ever read before setting foot in a classroom, I humbly suggest that this should be it.

Assor, A., Kaplan, H., & Roth, G. (2002). Choice is Good, but Relevance is Excellent: Enhancing and Suppressing Teacher Behaviors Predicting Students’ Engagement in Schoolwork. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 72, pp. 261–278.

Rogers, C. R. (1969). Freedom to Learn. Columbus, Ohio: Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company.

Rogers, C. R. (1974). Questions I Would Ask Myself If I Were a Teacher. Education, 95(2), pp. 134–139.

Klipfel, K.M. (2014). Authentic Engagement: Assessing the Effects of Authenticity on Student Engagement and Information Literacy in Academic Library Instruction. Reference Services Review, forthcoming.

Reeve, J. (2006a). Teachers as Facilitators: What Autonomy-Supportive Teachers Do and Why Their Students Benefit. The Elementary School Journal, 106(3), pp. 225–236.

Deci, E.L., Jang, H., & Reeve, J (2013). Engaging Students in Learning Activities: It is Not Autonomy Support or Structure but Autonomy Support and Structure. Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol. 102, No. 3, pp. 588-600.

Barkley, E. F. (2010). Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons.

Ainley, M. (2013). Students’ Interest and Engagement in Classroom Activities. Handbook of Research on Student Engagement (pp. 283–302). New York: Springer.

Bonnett, M., & Cuypers, S. (2003). Autonomy and Authenticity in Education. The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Education (pp. 326–340). Malden, M.A.: Blackwell Publishing.

Patron-Centered Reference Librarianship

Klipfel, K.M. (2013). Authenticity and Learning: Implications for Reference Librarianship and Information Literacy Instruction. College & Research Libraries.

David K. Maxfield, “Counseling Librarianship: A New Departure,” University of Illinois Library School, Occasional Papers: No 38, March 1954.

David K Maxfield, “Counselor Librarianship at U.I.C,” College and Research Libraries 15, 161-166:

Sara Fine, “Librarians and the Art of Helping,” The Reference Librarian, No. 59, 1997.

Librarians and Education Training

Brecher, D. & Klipfel, K.M (2014). Instruction Librarians and Education Training: A Shared Perspective. Communications in Information Literacy, forthcoming.

 Booth, C. (2011). Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators. Chicago: Amer Library Assn Editions.

 Davies-Hoffman, K., Alvarez, B., Costello, M., & Emerson, D. (2013). Keeping Pace with Information Literacy Instruction for the Real World. Communications in Information Literacy, 7(1), 9–23.

Walter, S. (2008). Librarians as Teachers: A Qualitative Inquiry into Professional Identity. College & Research Libraries, 69(1), 51–71.

If you need help tracking any of this stuff down, feel free to email me, and I can help you out (especially if it’s something I wrote that’s listed as forthcoming but not yet published). Also, if you’d like this all in a nice, neat, downloadable PDF, you can email me for that as well: I”m not tech savvy enough to upload it on the blog.


1 Comment

Filed under Education, Library Instruction, Posts by Kevin Michael Klipfel

One response to “Education Resources for Librarians

  1. Jill White

    I think you need to move the Reference Services Review article to the top of the Resources on Student-Centered Pedagogy and Student Engagement section. That would keep it consistent with the other resources that are in no particular order.

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