Motivating Students on a Time Budget: Pedagogical Frames and Lesson Plans for In-Person and Online Information Literacy Instruction. Edited by Sarah Steiner and Miriam Rigby. Chicago: ACRL, 2019. 332 p. Paper $64.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8949-4).

Information literacy is one of the most important aspects of librarianship. If students do not understand how to find and successfully use library resources, of what use and purpose is a library? In the past (and mostly to this day), live instructional classes were the norm for introducing students to library resources, but for convenience and reach of a wider audience, more and more information literacy sessions are being held online. However, these sessions only last an hour or two. With such a short time frame, how can instructional librarians make an impact on their audience? Editors Sarah Steiner and Miriam Rigby, an instruction librarian at Western Carolina University and a social sciences librarian at the University of Oregon respectively, have created a one-volume library instruction book with enough information on this topic to cover multiple volumes. Throughout its nineteen chapters, Motivating Students on a Time Budget explores diverse tools to foster motivation and learning for library instruction students, for both in-person and online library instruction.

The book begins with a useful feature: a chapter dealing with students’ motivational analysis, specifically the ARCS model (which stands for attention, relevance, confidence and satisfaction). This model serves as a guidepost for the remaining chapters, which deal with motivational methods such as gaming, as well as using different methods of library instruction. In addition, other successfully engaging motivational tools are highlighted for use in information literacy instruction limited to short periods of time. Each chapter also contains an extensive bibliography and endnotes, along with charts and material to create lesson plans.

Instructional librarians now have a powerful tool in their arsenals to create effective, motivational courses within a narrow period. Highly recommended.—Larry Cooperman, Adjunct Librarian, University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando, Florida


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