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Library Instruction Design

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The design philosophies of Google and Apple represent different approaches to new product design. Google's model features bottom-up and data-driven decision-making processes, while Apple's model is to design and build products top-down. Library instruction program design may learn from these differing but complementary approaches. Inspired by Google’s and Apple’s success, Library Instruction Design details how library instruction program design may learn from the philosophy of product design in the business world. In designing library instruction, a Google-philosophy approach teaches what the user wants to know while an Apple-philosophy approach teaches what the librarian thinks the user needs to learn. These two design philosophies aim at different teaching objectives reflecting library and information science education in modern society. The book is divided into five sections, with opening sections covering library instruction, the philosophy of library instruction design and design philosophy from different angles. Later sections discuss applying Google’s model and applying Apple’s model.

  • Offers a creative way to think about library instruction program design
  • Suggests two design approaches grounded in two philosophies, represented by the design approaches of Google and Apple
  • Details the differences and complementarities between top-down and bottom-up approaches to design

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. List of tables
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Foreword: Evolving Instructional Activities by Using the Philosophies of Google and Apple
  8. About the author
  9. Introduction
  10. 1. Library instruction
    1. Abstract:
    2. Definitions and limitations
    3. Background and a brief history
    4. The impact of technology on information accessibility
    5. The impact of the Internet on information availability
    6. From bibliographic instruction to information literacy
  11. 2. Philosophy and practice
    1. Abstract:
    2. Educational philosophy
    3. Purposes and goals
    4. Principles
    5. Instructional design and forms
    6. Preparation
    7. Expected outcomes and assessment
  12. 3. Design philosophy from a different world
    1. Abstract:
    2. The Google style
    3. The Apple style
    4. Google and Apple styles: common features and differences
  13. 4. Learning from Google and Apple
    1. Abstract:
    2. What can we learn from the success of Google and Apple?
    3. From business to education
    4. From consumer product design to academic program design
  14. 5. Applying Google’s style: bottom-up
    1. Abstract:
    2. User-centered and service-oriented
    3. Communication and collaboration
    4. Data-driven instruction
    5. Suggested instructional programs
    6. Sample (The Google style): one-shot workshop teaching outline
  15. 6. Applying Apple’s style: top-down
    1. Abstract:
    2. Instructor’s vision
    3. Guiding the learner
    4. Long-term view
    5. Suggested instruction programs
    6. Sample (The Apple style): a credit-bearing library course syllabus
  16. 7. Conclusion
  17. Appendix 1
    1. Ten tips for a better research / library assignment
  18. Appendix 2
    1. The Library Instruction Program: A Plan for Information Literacy at Oglethorpe University
  19. Appendix 3
    1. How to Access and Use Library Resources
  20. Appendix 4
    1. Digital information retrieval: sources & techniques
  21. Bibliography
    1. Library Instruction
    2. Business & Technology
    3. About Google
    4. About Apple
  22. Index