Nowadays the librarians are involved in information literacy education but you can't find researches about their acquisition and application of pedagogical knowledge. This article showed the result of a survey applied in 82 UK higher education institutions. It's aimed to investigate existing and required levels of pedagogical knowledge among UK subject librarians, their approaches to developing such knowledge and its contribution to their professional practice.

Librarians were interviewed and “contrary to assumptions, most felt confident about teaching and thought their knowledge sufficient, giving examples of pedagogical theory gained via courses informing their teaching practice”.
The specific objectives of this research were:

  • determine the extent and nature of teaching under- taken by participating librarians;
  • identify the level of pedagogical knowledge possessed and development undertaken;
  • establish whether participants felt they had adequate knowledge to fulfil their roles;
  • explore the impact of their pedagogical knowledge on their teaching practices;
  • gather opinions on potential needs and opportunities for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) in this are

Around the time when plans were being finalized, a parallel survey of UK teaching librarians covering similar areas was announced, but further investigation indicated that although targeting a larger sample, its scope was more limited, aiming to profile teaching activities of librarians and to determine how they were developing their skills (Conroy, 2007–8). It therefore lacked the distinctive focus of the present study on the type, level and use of pedagogical knowledge, but subsequently provided useful data against which our results could be compared.
Research methodology:
The investigation adopted a primarily quantitative approach, using a questionnaire survey, administered online to a sample of subject librarians drawn from the 191 High Education institutions listed on the UK HERO (Higher Education and Research Opportunities) website. Two electronically-mediated interviews with expert practitioners and a review of related literature were used to inform the questionnaire design and contextualize the survey findings.
A questionnaire survey was selected as particularly suitable for gathering information and opinions in a standardized format from a geographically dispersed population within a limited time-frame, enabling data to be collected from a much larger number of participants than would have been possible through interviews. Evidence from previous research, practitioner literature and email lists indicated interest in the topic and a climate likely to yield considered and honest answers, but also highlighted the many demands on librarians’ time, suggesting they would prefer to respond to an online questionnaire at a time convenient to them, rather than schedule a telephone or face-to-face interview. Two research interviews were conducted and evaluated qualitatively to feed into the questionnaire design and provide additional validity to the study. Leading practitioners in the field were identified through the literature and approached by email. Email interviews were chosen for pragmatic reasons, to save time in the limited project schedule.