Date: August 16, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, email@example.com
A journal article by New Mexico State University Library faculty member and instruction coordinator Theresa Westbrock has been selected nationally as one of the top twenty articles on library instruction for 2010.
Her article “Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians: Is There Still a Disconnect Between Professional Education and Professional Responsibilities?” written with Sarah Fabian of Eastern Michigan University, was published in College & Research Libraries (November 2010): 569-590.
It was among more than two hundred articles evaluated by the Top 20 Committee of the American Library Association’s Instruction Round Table (LIRT). The Committee noted that Westbrock’s article exemplified its criteria of quality writing, useful research and stimulating ideas.
In 1993, Diana Schonrock and Craig Mulder investigated the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) proficiencies for instruction librarians. Westbrock and Fabian revisited the earlier study and sought to answer four questions: (1) Are the current ACRL Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians perceived to be relevant to practitioners? (2) Where are librarians acquiring these proficiencies? (3) Where do librarians think they should acquire these proficiencies? (4) Are librarians acquiring these proficiencies in library school nowadays more often than they did in 1993?
The authors found that the proficiencies remain relevant to the practice of librarianship, but that librarians are more apt to acquire these proficiencies outside of library school. Moreover, the individual proficiencies are at least as important as the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards. Since librarians, in general, do not acquire teaching skills in library school, library administrators would do well to provide opportunities for continuing, professional education for instructional staff.
Visit the June 2011 LIRT Newsletter at http://fleetwood.baylor.edu/lirt/lirtnews/2011/jun11.pdf (pp. 14-19) for an annotated list of the Top 20 articles.
For more information contact Westbrock at (575) 646-3079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.