Last week I presented at the 2017 LOEX Conference with my Instruction Coordinator colleagues Joanna Gadsby (UMBC) and Natalie Burclaff (University of Baltimore). We wanted to tackle the messy, complicated process of curriculum mapping for information literacy programs, but not in a this-is-how-you-do-it sort of way. We each (briefly) shared our own experiences with the curriculum mapping process at our home institutions, but really tried to focus on
- what makes curriculum mapping problematic
- the ownership of information literacy and its impact on educational planning
- the tensions between critical pedagogy and curriculum mapping
- conflicts between our personal pedagogical values and the entire notion of curricular efficiency planning
- and ways to incorporate our teaching values/identity and reflection into the planning process
Like our topic, our presentation is a little messy and a little complicated. We don’t purport to have all the answers. We just want to let other teaching librarians and information literacy coordinators know that if curriculum mapping has you scratching your head, rolling your eyes, or feeling the panic, we are with you.
Slides are above, and clicking on the gear will get you to our speaker notes.
I was invited to speak at the ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter Fall Forum at beautiful Swarthmore College last Friday, November 11 (thank you, Sarah Elichko!). The days leading up to the event were, to say the least, emotional. On Tuesday, Nov. 8 my family and I stayed home from work and school to celebrate the birth, death, and brief, in-utero life of my son Connor. We planted tulip, daffodil, and crocus bulbs; made a chocolate pie; took a family trip to show that we were with Her; and generally just spent time together.
We also watched the election results.
I went to bed on the verge of tears, hating that what should have been a day of remembrance and celebration turned into an evening of fear, anxiety, and disgust. I woke up on Wednesday like so many others–angry, disbelieving, horrified. I exchanged hugs with students and colleagues on campus, and listened to people sharing their broken hearts. Then it was time to drive to Pennsylvania.
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel speaking in front of and being around a crowd, but thankfully, I was among friends. The topic of the forum–Critlib: Theory and Action–should have been a signal that these were exactly the type of people I needed to be around at that moment. It was inspiring to hear from Jeremy McGinniss, Romel Espinel, and Adam Mizelle about the work they’re doing in their own libraries. Also, the closing activity led by DeVon Jackson at Villanova University just tied everything together beautiful. It was a day of sharing, but also a day of planning the resistance for the four years to come.
I thought I’d share my slides which include the text of the talk with you, in case you’re interested in reading it (you can open the speaker notes by clicking on the gear below, or just clicking on the linked text above). I think now more than ever we’re going to need critical voices in librarianship and in our country. I might still be sad, disheartened and angry, but I’m also ready for the fight ahead.
April was a blur of travel and conferences, leaving me little time for much of anything, much less blog posting. Now that the semester is officially over and the only conference on my plate is ALA in June, I have a bit more time to write and reflect, which I always enjoy.
One of the conferences that kept me away was the Texas Library Association’s 2013 Conference in Ft. Worth. I was thrilled to spend a few days in my sunny home state, but was even happier to have the opportunity to co-present with Abe Korah, an awesome colleague from Lone Star College-CyFair Branch. Our talk focused on re-imagining your library job search and taking a more active role in your own professional development. So not only did we encourage attendees to do all of the standard things job seekers are told to do (network, be prepared for interviews, etc.) we also urged them to really think about the profession they are about to join and begin engaging in activities that a demonstrate a real interest in librarianship and that “do-something-ness” that sets the great applicants apart from the good ones.
We structured our presentation as a mock-interview, which gave us some great interactivity with the attendees and I think made for a more entertaining presentation. The 90 minutes just flew by! I thought I’d share my presentation slides below. I realize they don’t make much sense since they’re so graphic and simplistic, but I like my presentation aids to be just that: aids, not the center stage of the presentation. If you’re interested in the content, let me know. We also created a website to accompany the presentation which includes some really good resources for job seekers.