I'm Interested in Instruction and Teaching

Through teaching and instruction, library professionals help students and patrons make the most of the information available at their fingertips. These sessions highlight some of the best instruction tools and strategies happening in our work. 

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Creating Short, DIY instructional Videos for Library Patrons
Saturday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
In this hands-on session, we will lead a workshop in creating short, easy video materials with library professionals. The goal is to demonstrate how video resources can be created in D.I.Y. and lo-fi methods, as one way to instruct library patrons and connect them with resources. We will begin the workshop by showing examples from our respective institutions (Barnard College and Florida International University), and quick videos we created using cellphones and screencapture software. 

Enriching Learning through Deep Collaboration - Public, School, and Nonprofit Library Partnerships
Saturday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
As the public and teacher librarians walk through their stories of sharing resources through deep collaboration, they will highlight the benefits for each partner. Ways to reach out and begin conversations with counterparts will be covered as well as how to look for shared goals. Places to go for resources which can assist in preparing for and having these conversations will be shared such as ALA’s Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit. Keys to successful collaboration and pitfalls to be avoided will be shared with attendees.

Accessibility and Creation of Online Library Materials: Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Saturday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Libraries are tasked with serving a diverse group of patrons; this includes providing equal access to materials to all patrons, regardless of disabilities and demographics. Creating and managing accessible materials is not just ethical, it’s also the law under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), “which prohibits the discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the public” (https://adata.org/learn-about-ada). In order for materials to be accessible to all, librarians need to create and acquire online materials that are ADA compliant, as well as follow Universal Design for Learning.

Container Collapse: Student Search Choices and Implications for Instructional Interventions
Saturday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
What really happens when the student researcher meets the result page? Current focus on the integrity of news and its origins, as well as concerns about the credibility of scientific information, point to a critical need to understand how students assess the resources that appear as search results. The Stanford SHEG report described students’ ability as “bleak”. Our three-year Institute of Museum and Libraries Services (IMLS)-funded study examines the behaviors of late primary, secondary, community college, undergraduate, and graduate students as they select resources for science-related school inquiry projects. 

Knowledge is Global: Expanding the Awareness and Impact of Research from the Global South
Saturday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
As we move toward a more openly accessible research environment, progress is often framed in terms of increasing access to original studies and associated data published in peer reviewed scholarly journals indexed in databases like Web of Science and Scopus. However, there is a growing awareness that a large body of high quality research from the Global South (aka developing countries in Latin America, Africa, & much of Asia) is not part of that scholarly communications environment. Much of this research is already open access, but because major western databases don’t index most of those journals, it does not register in terms of traditional bibliometrics that use citation counts to measure the impact of authors, their articles and the journals they publish in.


Setting Privacy Boundaries: Student Perspectives of Data Sharing and Use Practices for Library Learning Analytics
Sunday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Learning analytics is the “measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of [student and other data] for the purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.” Institutions and their libraries are adopting learning analytics technologies and methods to better understand these questions about student learning: What is happening?, Why did it happen?, What is likely to happen?, and What should we do about what could happen in the future? 

Librarians as Researchers: Designing & Implementing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Projects
Sunday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is an international movement to study teaching and learning in order to improve student learning. As the movement continues to grow, librarians have much to offer and learn from SoTL. The workshop facilitators will discuss the components that contribute to a successful SoTL project, and highlight examples of successful librarian SoTL projects. 

Helping Stakeholders Connect to AASL National School Library Standards
Sunday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
This session will cover materials and resources developed through AASL’s presidential initiative focused on helping others understand the standards and how they support deep learning, inclusion, creativity, diversity, inquiry, engagement, curation, and collaboration. 


Defining and Embracing the Instructional Role for Public Youth Services Librarians
Monday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
YALSA has recently released new Teen Services Competencies along with a set of Teens First resources that the organization describes as a “paradigm shift” for the field of youth librarianship. Central to this shift is YALSA’s description of public librarians as educators and the assertion that public youth services librarians should be planning and leading intentional, equity-based, and youth-centered learning activities. The most recent competencies for librarians serving children in libraries released by ALSC also describe an expanded instructional role for public librarians. But what does (and could) instruction look like in a public library setting? In this session, we will explore that question and share a new open-access resource for public librarians titled Instruction and Pedagogy for Youth in Public Libraries. 

Mindfulness in Librarianship
Monday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Are your students increasingly overwhelmed, stressed, or unable to focus? What about you? Mindfulness has great potential to address these concerns as well as to improve student learning, enhance service levels and collaborative relationships, and create more welcoming and inclusive library spaces. This workshop will explore the value of mindfulness practices personally and professionally, and provide examples of how mindfulness can play a role in teaching and learning, the library environment, and programming.

Breaking New Ground with Analytics: A Case for Why Everything We Think We Know about Data and Privacy Might Be Wrong (and What We Can Do about It)
Monday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Learning analytics are rapidly proliferating throughout higher education and acknowledged as an opportunity to support student learning and success. This campus trend follows what significant industries like healthcare have known for some time: to develop effective services, deep knowledge of individual differences, habits, and preferences provides a superior alternative to traditional “one-size-fits-all” approaches developed with “average” people in mind. 

Instructional Technologies Tool Share and LITA Guide on Privacy
Monday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Come learn and share about instructional technologies! Our featured guest will be Bobbi Newman, co-editor of The LITA Guide Protecting Patron Privacy with Bonnie Tijerina We will have plenty of time to have an open discussion facilitated by LITA ITIG Chair Lilly Ramin, with a presentation from LITA Instructional Technologies members including Bree Kirsch. 

Providing Equivalent Experiences: Flipping the Library Orientation for Online Students
Monday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
As academic librarians, we have a duty to serve all students, regardless of geographic location and communication preference. The future of higher education is blurring the line between course delivery format, and student demographics demonstrate that adult learners are a dominant percentage of all college students. This changing climate requires us to rethink how we engage and connect with our students. 

Sketchnoting in School
Monday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
In 2006, Michael Rohde had the idea to harness the power of doodling to create more memorable notes by calling upon people to incorporate meaningful images into their session notes. Rohde found this rewarding for several reasons. First, it helped him concentrate on the topic at hand; second, the notes were visually appealing; and third, he found that notes with illustrations stayed in his memory much better. (Rohde, 2013). From this initial experimentation came the practice he named "sketchnoting." 

WI+RE: Creating a Learner-Led Instructional Design Team in Your Library
Monday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Your library student employees have keen insights on essential breakthroughs and challenges for learners and researchers. They may also be looking for compelling and rewarding ways to make a difference and develop professionally. Join us for this interactive exploration of WI+RE - a truly student led instructional design team that has developed award winning instructional materials and empowered learners to imagine and create their own solutions to essential learning challenges.