Inclusive Pedagogy for Library Instructions: Reading Apprenticeship Metacognitive Strategies


Comprehension of scholarly articles is an often overlooked piece of the library instruction sequence, with searching and citing often taking precedence in our limited instructional windows. Yet how can students become competent searchers if they cannot comprehend what they find? Reading Apprenticeship is a research-based framework for teaching academic literacies within the context of disciplinary courses. It offers turnkey pedagogies with a research base demonstrating their effectiveness within diverse learner populations, those who may be labelled ‘academically underprepared’ and test into pre-college coursework. Colleen will share the research and curriculum developed for her M.Ed. for Instructional Design capstone, a unit of instruction employing WestEd’s Reading Apprenticeship framework for library instruction in a regional community college. Pam will address ways to use Reading Apprenticeship in face-to-face library instruction sessions (one-shots). Attend this session to explore equitable metacognitive practices, and sample a framework that decreases the need for remedial coursework and supports the current institutional trend toward accelerated learning.


  • Colleen Sanders, Western Governors University
  • Pam Kessinger, Portland Community College, Faculty Librarian

Video Recording:  Speakers requested not to be posted.

Worksheet for participants (make a copy)

Materials folder

Non-required readings:

Sanders, C. (2021, March 14). Metacognition in community college information literacy instruction: Reading Apprenticeship in an online library course [Master’s thesis]. Western Governors University.

MacMillan, M., & Rosenblatt, S. (2015, March 25-28). They’ve found it. Can they read it? Adding academic reading strategies to your IL toolkit [Paper presentation]. Association of College & Research Libraries 2015 Conference, Portland, OR, United States.