Mastering Subject Specialties: Practical Advice from the Field, ed. Karen Sobel

(edited volume)

Cover of Mastering Subject Specialties: Practical Advice from the FieldDuring my research sabbatical in summer and fall 2015, I guided a team of sixteen academic librarians to write a volume titled Mastering Subject Specialties: Practical Advice from the Field. In each chapter, an experienced academic or research librarian presents perspectives on how to succeed in his or her specialty area. Mastering Subject Specialties: Practical Advice from the Field primarily speaks to MLIS students, as well as new librarians preparing for their careers. The book can also assist seasoned librarians who are interested in new paths within librarianship.

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Information Basics for College Students, by Karen Sobel


Nominee for the 2013 Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award

Cover of Information Basics for College Students

During my first few years as a research and instruction librarian, as well as during my time as a graduate assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Undergraduate Library, several librarians who teach others to perform library instruction made the same comment to me. They said that they wished there were a book that provided a variety of information that new instructors need to know. Many of these librarians spent quite a lot of time searching out materials that would help guide new library instructors. Some of it came from scholarly or professional publications, some came from a range of library and information science textbooks, and the practical parts often had to be written by hand.

In 2010, ABC-CLIO offered me the chance to write a book that presented all this information in a single volume. Information Basics for College Students aims to help both MLS students and others who are new to librarianship as well as experienced librarians who are learning to provide library instruction for the first time.

Major sections of the book include:

  • What first-year students really know
  • Assessing needs and learning
  • Planning your instruction
  • Special student populations
  • The library and the campus community
  • Continuing to build your instruction skills

Colleagues on three continents commented on draft after draft and helped make sure that it covered real librarians’ needs. We feel that the final result can be used as part of MLS coursework, as part of internships in library instruction, and also as a source of reference on the job.

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