Flipping Library Instruction: Singapore Polytechnic Library’s Experience

By Lim Xiu Ru

In line with Singapore Polytechnic’s adoption of the flipped classroom pedagogy in 2015, this paper focuses on the transition of library instruction from a traditional to a flipped approach. The librarians at Singapore Polytechnic experimented with various methods to move library instruction to Business School students from one-shot to ‘just-in-time’ delivery using EduTech tools and scaffolding. From a face-to-face delivery session at the beginning of term, we transitioned to a flipped instructional approach comprising a briefing at the beginning of term and consultation sessions in the middle of term to be in sync with periods when the students’ information needs would arise. This new approach seeks to improve the effectiveness of developing essential information literacy skills, while leveraging on technology to scale up and deliver library instruction in a sustainable manner.