Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough. The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide, 3rd ed. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions, 2021. 176p. Paper, $54.99 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-4997-9).

Melissa Anderson


With the third edition of The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide, Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough, both research and instruction librarians at Western Carolina University, have provided LIS students and early-career librarians with a concise and useful handbook for the creation of successful information literacy instruction sessions. Acknowledging but not engaging in the debate over the value of the “one-shot” instruction section versus credit courses or content embedded in the curriculum, the authors note that the one-shot “remains the reality for most libraries” (2) and recognize that new instruction librarians need guidance in designing what is likely to make up a large percentage of their instructional responsibilities. Originally growing out of an ACRL preconference session on instruction and an online course, the third edition of this text brings together elements of the earlier editions by focusing on active learning strategies and the concepts of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The authors also address the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic caused rapid changes in the delivery of information literacy instruction that may remain with us postpandemic.

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