Engaging Students through Campus Libraries: High-Impact Learning Models

Libraries Unlimited. Oct. 2020. 170p. ed. by ed. by Gayle Schaub & Hazel McClure. ISBN 9781440868689. pap. $65. PRO MEDIA
Editors Schaub and McClure, librarians at Grand Valley State University, discuss high-impact integration of information literacy skills instruction in various postsecondary settings. They define high-impact education practices (HIPs) as ways of teaching that “either transform the classroom or eliminate it entirely,” such as internships, capstone projects, and undergraduate research. The editors have compiled nine chapters from academic librarians discussing examples of HIPs. A recurring theme across chapters is the cocreation of knowledge among instructors and students as a teaching tool: Wikipedia content writing assignments, open-education resource development, and graphic design creation projects, among others. While authors describe insightful revisions made to high-impact programming over multiple iterations, there is a lack of empirical analysis, and substantive student perspectives of the programs are absent. Nevertheless, chapters are concise, easy to read, and likely to be of use as stand-alone program descriptions. Detailed outlines of assignments with appendixes of relevant teaching materials are valuable.
VERDICT Although the editors waste some time arguing the foregone conclusion that teaching courses or embedded course content has more impact than one-shot sessions, the programs described are detailed and useful examples of high-impact information literacy skills instruction.
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