Our free professional development series kicked off yesterday with a brilliant new presentation on a topic that is close to our hearts: communicating the value of information literacy instruction.
We know, you’re probably thinking, “That’s easier said than done!”—but Dani Brecher and Kevin Michael Klipfel gave some fresh insight that will surely give you a new perspective. Dani and Kevin are the co-authors of the Rule Number One blog (which you should add to your RSS feed or blogroll ASAP), and shared some clever metaphors of how librarians play such a key role in student learning.
Check out the recording below, and read on to see what resources Kevin and Dani use to stay ahead of the curve with innovative library outreach and instruction.
The connections Dani and Kevin make between the librarian and stakeholders range from existentialism to popular culture. Librarians are like Q from James Bond, because “they provide essential tools that the student needs in order to complete the assignment provided a faculty member,” in the same way Q provides essential tools to Mr. Bond, according to Dani.
Librarians are the existential heroes, as they “don’t necessarily let other people define their terms, [they] offer creative solutions to problems our faculty has” (to use Kevin’s perfect explanation). They are the “cool aunt” (or uncle!) who serves as a happy medium between faculty and students. Their thoughts and approaches to information literacy instruction brought great feedback from our participants—thanks to all who took the time to attend!
They were also kind enough to share some free resources:
- Blogs, Twitter accounts and websites Dani and Kevin browse
- Kevin’s list of education resources for librarians
Stay tuned for information about all of our upcoming professional development webinars, right here on the EasyBib blog.
Emily Gover is the information literacy librarian for EasyBib and ResearchReady. She makes a mean chocolate chip banana bread (her colleagues can vouch for her). You can find her on Twitter, @Emily_EasyBib, or posting news you can use at the EasyBib Librarians Facebook page.
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