This post corresponds with my presentation at the Canadian Library Assessment Workshop on Friday, October 27, 2017 in Victoria, British Columbia. Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Stx0qmaKZRM4SIGqoH9N3dqUMzNMCmHzJfuX8YYhr7M/edit?usp=sharing Scenario - Leave No Trace You are the Assessment Librarian at a large university with a team of a dozen instruction librarians. Everyone is excited to embark on a new peer… Continue reading Observe, Reflect, Learn: Developing a Peer Teaching Observation Program in Your Library
Teaching is terrifying. It's also exhilarating, fascinating, challenging, and deeply rewarding. Making the transition from being a student to being a teacher is a complex process, as evidenced by the questions raised by librarian Nicole Gustavsen on Twitter last week. I asked Nicole if she would be interested in having a longer conversation about… Continue reading Teacher identities, empathy, and the beginner’s mind: A conversation with Nicole Gustavsen.
Did you know that tomorrow is the longest day of the year? I'm at my dining room table, reading articles about information literacy as lightning flickers across the sky. It's hot this week and it feels like the whole world is sizzling, waiting. I got a phone call today that could change my trajectory. I… Continue reading On the 10th anniversary of Communications in Information Literacy. (Day 100/100)
The Journal of Information Literacy (JIL) and Communications in Information Literacy (CIL) both celebrated 10-year anniversaries this year--something I only figured out through a very confusing conversation with Kevin Seeber wherein I congratulated him on having a book review published in the 10th anniversary issue of JIL (it’s actually published in the 10th-anniversary issue of… Continue reading Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Journal of Information Literacy. (Day 99/100)
My job title is Pedagogy and Assessment Librarian. I took a course called “Assessment” in my LIS graduate program. I just finished writing a 10-page year-end assessment report which I submitted to our University Assessment Director (and he looooved it). The point is, I should know a lot about assessment. I don’t. I’m still figuring… Continue reading Information literacy assessment. (Day 88/100)
At the CU Libraries Instruction Unconference, I attended a session about practical critical information literacy. The facilitator suggested that we introduce ourselves by explaining how we first learned about critical information literacy. Several participants indicated that the session itself was their introduction to critical information literacy, while others commented that they learned about the topic… Continue reading Critical information literacy. (Day 74/100)
There are so many great conferences happening this week. In Los Angeles, some of my favorite librarians gathered yesterday and today for the inaugural Identity, Agency, and Culture in Academic Libraries conference (IACAL, #iacal2017), organized by the incredible Rebecca Halpern. In Alberta, Canada, even more of my favorite librarians are convening at the Workshop for… Continue reading When you’re #leftbehind.
Today I humble-bragged about our instruction department working together to assess over 230 samples of student work from 30 sections of first-year English composition. So, how many steps did it take to get to this moment? And what comes next? Let’s take a look. I’ll give a step-by-step explanation of our assessment process, leaving out… Continue reading Information literacy assessment in 25 easy steps.
I've been doing a lot of reading. Several times a week, I check my mailbox and find a small package from a publisher, containing a book to be read in consideration for the Stonewall Book Award. There's a growing stack of colorful books by my front door and, most days, I try to squeeze in… Continue reading In conversation with my husband. (Day 43/100)
When I started my LIS graduate program, I was 23 years old and I had just finished my bachelor's degree at Oberlin College less than a year before. By the time I was 25, I was an adjunct professor at a community college, and I had a tenure-track job by the age of 27. Did… Continue reading I choose to be amazed. (Day 25/100)