Academic Library Administrators’ Perceptions of Four Instructional Skills

This study seeks to fill a gap in the literature by examining the perceptions of current administrators toward four domains and their associated skill sets needed to fulfill the library’s instructional role. Hundreds of Library Directors/Deans/Associate Deans/Heads in academic libraries of all sizes across the United States were surveyed to determine to what extent they value the skill sets associated with the four selected instructional skill domains: two traditional—teaching and presentation—and two more recently adopted by librarians—instructional design and educational technology. The findings of this research indicate that library administrators value the traditional skill sets more than the newer nontraditional skills. The results and possible implications, as well as directions future studies can take, are discussed.



Work Title Academic Library Administrators’ Perceptions of Four Instructional Skills
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  1. Shank, John D.
  2. Dewald, Nancy H.
  1. academic library administrators
  2. educational technology skills
  3. library instruction
  4. teaching skills
  5. academic libraries
  6. instructional design skills
  7. presentation skills
License CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)
Work Type Article
  1. The authors wish to thank Dr. Mary Lou D’Allegro, formerly Senior Director of Planning, Research, and Assessment at Penn State Berks, for her assistance in the survey analysis.
Publication Date 2012
  1. English
Related URLs
  1. Shank, J., and N. H. Dewald. "Academic Library Administrators' Perceptions of Four Necessary Instructional Skills: An Attitudinal Study." College and Research Libraries 73(1): 78-93 (2012).
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