Motivating Students on a Time Budget: Pedagogical Frames and Lesson Plans for In-person and Online Information Literacy Instruction. Sarah Steiner and Miriam Rigby, eds., for the Association of College and Research Libraries. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2019. 322p. $64.00 (ISBN 978-083898949-4).

Alexandra Hauser


Any instruction or subject librarian will know the anxiety felt when working to prepare an information literacy session for students in a one-shot session. Librarians must incorporate the faculty member’s, sometimes numerous, desires for class as well as ensure the session is relevant and engaging for students, all within a usually short, one-off class period. The editors of this work are familiar with these seemingly constraining variables and seek to flip librarians’ idea that these factors are constraining or a burden but rather “a gift: because we have only a short period of time with our students, we can exist outside the world of performance…and position ourselves as fellow curious explorers” (2). This volume of work is aimed at moving from the more motivation-related instruction topics, such as active learning, and expanding examination to a broader look at motivation theory to foster intrinsic motivation in students. The editors of this book hope that this presentation of broader motivational theory will inspire readers to meet students where they are, both intellectually and emotionally, and help students to cross threshold concepts critical to information literacy.

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