By Alexander Watkins
Art & Architecture Librarian, University Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder
Arts Education and Regional Services Director, Tippecanoe Arts Federation
Former Lead Graduate Teaching Assistant, Art & Art History Department, University of Colorado Boulder
[Peer Reviewed Article]
At many libraries the ratio of students to librarians is in the neighborhood of thousands to one; teaching these students information literacy requires a creative approach to library instruction. To expand the reach of information literacy in challenging situations, we should rethink the idea that only librarians can teach information literacy. There is a role for librarians as collaborators and teachers of information literacy pedagogy which can multiply their reach. Many instruction programs already apply similar methodologies for large first-year experience programs, but this strategy can be expanded to amplify introductory subject-specific library instruction as well.