This past week, I taught eight instruction sessions and assisted in two more. In the grand scheme of things, this was the most I had taught in a week, but I know I’m not winning any award for most one-shot sessions in a week. Some reflections, thoughts, and stories from the week.Read More
This was easiest my most challenging and stressful semester. BUT, I definitely think it was my best semester yet.Read More
After more than 24 hours of traveling, I made it back to Urbana-Champaign. So while I'm catching up on sleep, I came up with some CIRN nuggets of truth on the various plane rides today. I definitely have more to say on this conference (because it was awesome) but here's a start.Read More
For me, this year feels all about putting theory into practice. What I love about grad school (especially this semester) is all the theory I have floating around in my head. I'm constantly challenged and questioned and encouraged. I read every reading because I just never know when a reading will be "the one" aka when things click and my brain whirls around a bit faster.
And then there's practice. So often we make this divide between those who deal with theory and those who are in the field, practicing. Both experiences are important and when you have a balance of both, they inform each other. Making you a better person and for me, a better librarian.Read More
It's been a couple of weeks since my Library Instruction class Skyped with academic librarian Maria T. Accardi. I'm still fangirling and continuing to think about how the work I do is inherently feminist. Maria wrote Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction, which for those faithful blog readers, will know that I read this book this summer. So it was nice to reread the book this fall and to have Maria speak to us about the ideas in the book and hear about her own practice of librarianship.
I've put together some of the tweets from that day, which I'll interweave with some of the main ideas of feminist pedagogy in librarian instruction.Read More