Teaching the ATLA Religion Database: A Guide


Created by Darcy Gullacher, MLIS Candidate at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta

  • Introduction
  • All the material on this web site was created for a mock library instruction session for LIS 526: Instructional Strategies for Library and Information Professionals. For my session, I chose to create an instruction session for teaching the American Theological Library Association's Religion Database, one of the essential databases for religious and theological studies. It should be noted that I am not the reference librarian at Knox Theological Seminary. The location is fictional to provide some context for the session.

  • In Class PowerPoint Presentation
  • Includes printable presentation slides from the library instruction session.

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  • Point of Use Guide
  • A paper handout that was created a guide for students to use once the instruction session was over. This guide points out some of the major features of the database.

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  • Evaluation and Assessment Tools
  • The evaluation form was designed to give me as an instructor feedback on how effective the presentation was. The assessment tool is a short quiz to determine how well the students understood the concepts I was teaching them.

    Evaluation Form Assessment Tools

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  • Lesson Plan
  • The lesson plan used for the presentation.

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  • Reflective Paper on the Session
  • A reflective paper outlining the conceptual work that went into creating this instruction session, the goals and objectives, as well as the lesson plan.

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  • Web Mounted Tutorial
  • A web version of the in class PowerPoint slides, modified slightly to serve as a basic web based tutorial.

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  • Reflections on the Future of this Project
  • This short paper reflects on why I believe this assignment is an important part of my program work, how it will work toward fulfilling some of my career goals, and some future ideas for this project.

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    Created in fulfillment for the requirements of LIS 600
    School of Library and Information Studies

    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta