Thursday, May 25, 2006

Guidelines for Instruction Programs in Academic Libraries

Some of you have been asking about how to set up a program from scratch. Other than looking at the Best Practices information at the ACRL Web site, also look at the Guidelines for Instruction Programs in Academic Libraries. There are some clear suggestions for helping you map out your program design, human resources, and support. Also included is an excellent bibliography.


At 10:46 AM, Blogger Idun said...

YES!! This info was a real life saver (and time saver) when I first started setting up our instruction program!! I highly recommend it -- it's clear and easy to follow. You'll get lots of good ideas just reading through it, I'm sure.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger jaowen said...

Coming from a different perspective, when I began working for San Juan College, I did not look at these guidelines. These would have helped a great deal. When I started, I was trying to pick things up from where the departing reference librarian left off in addition to trying to learn the ropes myself. I was the only full-time librarian so I didn't think much about overarching guidelines, I was just trying to keep my head above the water. I wish I had thought more about overarching goals and guidelines, etc., because they would have helped as we have (thankfully) added more full-time librarians, as well as helping our part-time librarians.

To sum up what I am trying to say, if you are starting from scratch, it's best not to do things on your own. It's important to recognize unique circumstances require unique approaches, and that guidelines are just guidelines, not rules. But it's also helpful to get outside guidance, and ACRL as done a good job.


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