Category Archives: Conference Highlights

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.

Day Two – A day full of teaching and learning

There were a lot of options today. It’s always tough to choose. I see that Kenny has already blogged about a few of these. He described the content of the Keynote well. I agree completely with the statement that managers need to model leadership and, further, that “doing” should be part of leadership.

Of the other sessions I went to today, I’ll say that the work of the presenters demonstrates that librarian researchers are looking more and more to their students’ experiences. The focus of research is on trying to better understand what our students experiences are both in the library and beyond. Further, the focus is on providing services based on evidence of those experiences. Daniel tweeted that he saw an emerging theme about students looking to each other for help and that we should be thinking about how to help them help each other. Well said. We are only a part of our students’ academic lives. If we continue to focus on their needs, we can help more students have overall positive experiences in the short time they are with us. We can also be hopeful that they will leave our institutions with at least some of the key abilities they’ll need in their work life.

Thanks to Michelle for talking about The Social Side of Research and the PIL Project. I was glad to learn more about this aspect of research and was particularly interested in how research skills students acquire in college carry over into their work lives (and how some don’t). Thanks also to Sheree, Holly, and Mary (our Research Award winners from Claremont Colleges Library) for a peak into the daily lives of their students and how they deal with stress.

Tomorrow I’m off to a couple of IG Showcases and am looking forward to hearing what they have been doing and what they are contemplating for the future. Hope to see some of you there.

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.