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Instructional Services Librarian, SLU

Project Type

Educational Development



My area of focus as the Instructional Services Librarian included developing an instruction Community of Practice for librarians in the Reference and Information Services department. I conducted a needs assessment of nine librarians, created a series of workshops and hands-on learning opportunities, and lead journal club discussions and instructional design sessions. We covered topics such as the ACRL Framework, collaborative tech tools, strategies for effective lesson planning, and engaging assessment activities.

The most positive feedback I received from this work were librarians who changed something about the way they teach, have successfully incorporated new activities into their instruction, or found teaching ENGL 1900 to be less burdensome than before.

Another major outcome of this Community was the shared development of English 1900 library learning outcomes, assessment, and teaching strategies. ENGL1900 is the first-year writing and rhetoric course all first years must take. Typically, a librarian was embedded in each section; however, each person taught different skills and concepts. By coordinating our efforts, we were able to more effectively teach and assess student learning.

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