The first -- and the best -- session I attended at ACRL was The One-Shot Mixtape: Lessons for Planning, Delivering, and Integrating Instruction. The presentation was based on an earlier article called “10 Short Lessons on One-Shot Instruction” that appeared in Communications in Information Literacy, Volume 6, Issue 1, 2012. Lead author Megan Oakleaf and nine other accomplished librarians each picked a single critical aspect of the one-shot instruction model, resulting in a checklist of core factors to consider when “planning, delivering, and integrating” an information literacy session. My favorite topics include Note #3, “If you’re not assessing, you’re not teaching.” (Megan Oakleaf) and Note #5, “Your enthusiasm is contagious.” (Randy Hensley).
To spice up their presentation, they equated the checklist with a mixtape and each of the ten notes with a song that they felt represented their concept. While I loved the idea, the song selections were underwhelming and forgettable. However, when I returned to Manhattan, I downloaded their checklist handout and found the PDF of their original article. I plan on returning to them frequently.