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Library & Information Services



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Loex Quarterly


Online information literacy tutorials can be highly successful supplements to traditional library instruction sessions. Although the creation of tutorials is initially a time consuming process, designing them and using them can make the work of an information literacy librarian easier and more productive. Well-designed tutorials can help students learn discreet, skill-based research activities, such as reading a call number or locating a journal article, at their own pace and outside of class time. Such rote skills, which an instructor has little choice but to demonstrate and are frankly boring to teach, may take one-quarter to one-third of a librarian's allotted time to teach in a classroom setting because the librarian must ensure that all students are caught up through each step of the process. Online tutorials can provide librarians with the flexibility to "flip" their classrooms and spend their time addressing more difficult research concepts, such as evaluating sources and incorporating them ethically into an original project, rather than on search mechanics.


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