Partners in Teaching and Learning

Partners in Teaching and Learning

Coordinating a Successful Academic Library Instruction Program

Melissa N. Mallon


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An academic library’s instruction program reflects and communicates its vision for teaching and learning within the context of its institution, and the instruction coordinator plays an essential role in shaping and advancing this vision. Instruction coordinators and directors in academic libraries may have a variety of titles and wear an entire wardrobe’s worth of hats, but they face many of the same challenges in developing, promoting, and evaluating their instruction programs. This book approaches using the instruction program as the catalyst to further the library’s agenda for teaching and learning and gives instruction program directors a set of resources that will help them map out, enact, and assess the impact of this agenda. This book is ideal for librarians and administrators who direct, coordinate, or lead an academic library’s teaching and learning program and is particularly useful for new instruction program coordinators—either those new to their position or new to their institution.


Melissa N. Mallon:
Melissa Mallon is the Director of the Peabody Education Library at Vanderbilt University, and Director of Teaching and Learning for the Vanderbilt Libraries, which includes planning and directing system-wide involvement in campus teaching and learning initiatives including strategies for the development of information literacy instruction, library involvement in assessment of student learning, and training and mentoring of library staff.

Melissa received her MLIS from Louisiana State University. Before joining Vanderbilt in 2015, Melissa was a faculty member and instruction coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and Wichita State University. Melissa has published, presented, and taught professional development courses in the areas of digital and information literacies, online learning, the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, and creative use of emerging technologies in assessing student learning. Melissa’s previous books include The Pivotal Role of Academic Librarians in Digital Learning (Libraries Unlimited, 2017), and co-edited a book titled The Grounded Instruction Librarian: Participating in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ACRL, 2019).