All posts by Kenny Garcia

Transforming Knowledge Production

Gretchen Keer, Online Learning & Outreach Librarian at CSU-East Bay, and Jeffra Bussman, STEM Librarian at CSU-East Bay, facilitated a discussion on decolonizing methodologies, specifically the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methodology, and how it has been used in an introductory information literacy course at CSU-East Bay. Breakout groups were created to discuss the ways that librarians can incorporate/adopt/use CBPR methodologies in credit-bearing courses, one-shot instructional sessions, workshops, online courses/modules, and other instructional experiences.

Faculty and Librarian Perspectives on Collaboration

Dr. Kimberly Franklin presented on her dissertation research findings on the motivations behind faculty/librarian collaborations and the facilitators/hindrances that collaborators faced. The presentation focused on interprofessional factors, professional practices, and perceptions of impact on student learning. Dr. Franklin mapped out organizational, systemic, and interactional factors that would be helpful to librarians thinking about, working on, or having issues with faculty collaborations.

Librarians Leading the Charge

Sharon Radcliff, a librarian at CSU East Bay, and Elise (Yi-Ling) Wong, a cataloging and reference librarian at Saint Mary’s College, presented the results of a study conducted at Saint Mary’s College on the effectiveness of three instructional methods (behaviorist, cognitive, and social constructivist) used for teaching use/citation of sources in advanced English composition courses. They will be doing a follow-up presentation at ALA and Library Instruction West.

Activism as Leadership

Lua Gregory and Shana Higgins, librarians at the University of Redlands and editors of Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis, facilitated a discussion on the importance of connecting the core values of librarianship with leadership and activism. They situated their work/research as emerging from previous and current activism that librarians have and continue to engaged in by having a fun trivia contest. Small groups were created and given a professional core value to process/imagine/generate ideas on how librarians can engage with each core value. It was a great way to end the day and start happy hour.

Open Education & The Library

The two panelists, Christina Mune and Ann Agee, facilitated a mock debate on the pros and cons of Open Access (OA) journals and Open Educational Resources (OER). The room was separated into two groups and two questions were asked: 1) Can Open Access and OER replace paid publishing? and 2) Should libraries buy textbooks? The session not only produced useful counter-narratives that could support changing the minds of resistant faculty members, it also enabled a critical discussion on concerns that sympathetic librarians may have regarding the implementation, outcomes, and investment in alternative publishing models that might reproduce the same issues that OA and OER are attempting to deal with.

Rethinking the LibGuide Course Page

Annette Marines, an instruction librarian at UC-Santa Cruz, and Terry Terhaar, a lecturer in writing at UC-Santa Cruz, presented on their collaborative re-design of a LibGuide written to support information literacy in a lower-level writing course. The LibGuide came about after a reorganization of the library and changes to what librarians were charged of doing were implemented. The panel presented alternative relationships between librarians and other faculty members, alternative ways to think about collaborative efforts, and the processes taken to get from working with disgruntled faculty members that were worried about changes to library instruction to working with faculty members that saw librarians and library services as an instrumental component to improving student learning and research.

Leadership in Action

Patricia Iannuzzi’s talk during breakfast was both inspirational and practical. The speaker presented the idea that library managers function as choreographers that piece individual performances together to create patterns. The four areas discussed were Self-Awareness, Learning from the Good, Bad, and Ugly, Leadership Characteristics/Behaviors, and Positional Power. One statement that stuck with me was the idea that managers need to go beyond talking about, publishing about, and discussing management issues, and need to model leadership. The questions in the Q & A, as well as the responses to the questions, were great. The video clip of an Alvin Ailey dance performance at the end reminded me of Augusto Boal‘s work on the use of movement and sound to discuss collaboration, consensus building, and power within an organization or community.