Making the Most of One-Shot Instruction Sessions

In spite of the increasing complexity of the information landscape and the importance of learning how to navigate it effectively, one-shot sessions continue to be the primary format for teaching information literacy classes. Librarians must consider how to integrate faculty expectations and the expansive core concepts of the Framework for Information Literacy into a single, limited time period. It can feel like a struggle to create engaging and effective lessons. In spite of the difficulties, librarians have found innovative ways to address the one-shot’s constraints. In this webinar, participants will discuss options and share effective and inventive ways to maximize the effect of the infamous one-shot.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this webinar, the attendees will be able to:

  • Implement best practices for one-shot sessions
  • Formulate ideas for engaging students in the lesson
  • Learn tips for communicating with faculty about the lesson

Who Should Attend: Academic librarians or anybody else involved in teaching information literacy.


Jennifer Batson has been teaching information literacy classes for six years, including classes for freshman through doctoral students in multiple subjects. In addition to her MLS from Texas Woman’s University, she has a BS in Education and an MA in Humanities. Jennifer has taken professional development classes in areas such as active learning, instructional assessment, backward design, the Information Literacy Framework, and how to address misinformation and fake news. These subjects inform her instruction as she continues to search for new and better ways to engage students with information literacy.

Kelly Williams has a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University-Central Texas and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Texas. She’s spent most of her library career working in the technical services departments of academic libraries but recently made a change to reference and instruction. She is currently a Reference and Instruction librarian at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

Michelle Shea, MLS, M.Ed., is an Education Librarian at Texas A&M University- Central Texas. She creates presentations and tutorials for course integration, collaborates with faculty on committees, and promotes student-centered services. Her passion is instruction, curriculum planning, and campus outreach.

Margaret Dawson has spent 21 years working in academic and joint-use libraries. She has a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. From 2014 to 2021, she worked at Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen, Texas as an Outreach and Instruction Librarian, and has developed programs for university students, their children, and the general public. She has presented and published on the topics of instruction and outreach.

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