Featured Teaching Librarian: Jon Hufford

Several times a year, the ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee selects and interviews a librarian who demonstrates a passion for teaching, innovation, and student learning. Nominate yourself or someone great!

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Jon Hufford of Texas Tech University

Name: Jon Hufford

Institution: Texas Tech University

Job Title: Librarian for the College of Engineering

Number of Years Teaching: ca. 35

What are you reading right now?

William Hazlitt’s essays

What’s your favorite “thinking” beverage?

Coffee

What class do you teach the most and how do you keep it fresh?

I especially like teaching two of our workshops, “How to Do a Literature Review” and “The Basics of Getting Your Research Published.” Our workshops are well attended by graduate students from all departments on campus. They are at the stage in their education where they want to get published or they need to know how to do a literature review for their thesis or dissertation. I’m doing a good bit of research, writing, and getting articles published, so this is one reason why I like these particular workshops.

Name two things you would share with a librarian who is new to teaching.

Be well prepared — know very well what you are going to cover and/or what you are expected to cover. Check out the equipment and tools you will be using in class half an hour before the class.

What’s your teaching philosophy?

Find the content you are teaching very interesting. Enjoy learning that content thoroughly and enjoy the process of learning it. Love teaching what you know to students. Believe that what you are teaching is very important for students to learn if they want to be educated and successful. Do your very best to give excellent classes.

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New Selected Resources

The ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee has added new committee-recommended sources to their Selected Resources for Teaching Methods and Instructional Design in Library Instruction and their Selected Resources for Assessment in Library Instruction Lists.

The committee updates these lists with new resources and annotations annually. You can see the committee’s entire lists, including materials the committee curated as part of the “First-Year Experience and Academic Libraries: A Select Annotated Bibliography.” and the “Teaching and Learning Information Literacy Skills Textbooks” in Mendeley or Zotero.

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Accepted PRIMO Projects – Spring 2016

The IS PRIMO Committee is delighted to announce that the following new projects were accepted into the PRIMO (Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online) database. The accepted projects are as follows:

Congratulations to the creators of these excellent tutorials! Look for interviews with some of the creators of these projects at the PRIMO Site of the Month website during the fall.

If you would like to nominate a project to be considered for inclusion in the PRIMO database, the spring deadline is October 31, 2016. Submit your own project for consideration no later than November 14, 2016.

 

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June 2016 Site of the Month

The Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the Instruction Section of ACRL is pleased to announce that a new Site of the Month interview has been posted to our committee website.

June 2016 Site of the Month:  Critical Information Literacy Laboratory for Faculty
Interview with:  Gina Schlesselman-Tarango
Interviewer: Marcia Rapchak

Project description: Critical Information Literacy (CIL) Laboratory for Faculty is a teaching and learning toolkit for faculty and instructors, with instructional resources, tutorials, assessments, and more. The online resource balances both CIL concepts and skills and provides tools that can be tailored to a variety of class assignments and student needs. The mix of basic and higher-level prompts and activities allow for information literacy instruction to effectively be differentiated within the classroom.

The full interview is available at http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/june-2016-site-of-the-month/

To see the archive of previous Site of the Month interviews, please see http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/

Look for more interviews this fall!

Jodie Borgerding and Bill Marino
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee

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Featured Teaching Librarian: Shari Laster

Several times a year, the ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee selects and interviews a librarian who demonstrates a passion for teaching, innovation, and student learning. Nominate yourself or someone great!

Name: Shari LasterShari Laster

Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara

Job Title: Government Data & Information Librarian

Number of Years Teaching: ~8

Who’s your favorite fictional villain?
Jim Moriarty!!!

What is your favorite movie based on a book?
Howl’s Moving Castle — the book and movie differ notably in tone and theme, and I love them both.

Describe a favorite activity that you use with students (this could be for a face-to-face class, online, or hybrid class).
As a government information librarian, I want to create opportunities for students to engage with government resources. There’s some kind of aura or mystique to phrases like “according to a government report…” that makes these sources seem remote or inaccessible, or something only so-called experts can read. But, in most cases, that’s simply not true. Government documents, which are created with taxpayer funds, usually are (and should be!) freely available for anyone to read. While not all of them are page-turners, most are created with the general public in mind. One instructional approach I like to use is to start out with a news story about a topic of interest to my students. I ask them to first find a government document that’s referenced in the story and then explore and evaluate the publication as they would any other information source. This approach presents an opportunity for students to connect the information in the publication with the mission of the agency that produced it, which can spark discussions about government process and power and the role of an informed public in understanding and responding to government activity.

What is your favorite class to teach and why?
Anytime I get to teach a one-shot for a course in which students are working with primary sources, whether government information resources, archival materials, or data sets, I can count on having extra fun with the class. When students are working on projects they care about, many of them come to a library instruction session already primed with really thoughtful questions and interesting approaches to their topics. I also get the chance to show off some of my favorite databases and online tools, particularly for government and data sources. I find that discussing the research process with the students in the class can lead to great conversations about what libraries collect — and don’t collect — and why. As a bonus, I’m always happy when I can get someone else worked up about metadata!

What’s your teaching philosophy?
Above all: honesty with my students and with myself. I care about students and about what I’m teaching, and I try to demonstrate this through my words and actions. Sometimes this can mean expressing my enthusiasm and sense of humor, but sometimes it also means finding constructive ways to communicate concern and admit my own errors. I also strive to be as transparent as I can about the goals for each activity as we proceed through the session, though I still have to work hard at speaking less and listening more. I know my strengths as an instructor, and I also have a long list of ways in which I have room to improve. While I do feel vulnerable exposing myself as a person who’s constantly learning, changing, and adapting, I find that doing so helps me build connections with the students I’m working with. My intention is to model curiosity, openness, and self-reflectiveness, and to do so in a way that invites students to do the same if they wish.

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Twitter Chat about Polling Tools

Join @ACRL_IS_TECH for a Twitter chat about the use of polling tools in academic libraries on Tuesday, June 14 at 11 a.m. Pacific | 12 p.m. Mountain | 1 p.m. Central | 2 p.m. Eastern.

Read the latest Tips and Trends on Polling Tools before the chat or just come to share your experiences with polling tools and learn from others.

The discussion will last an hour under the hashtag #istechchat  For more information about the chat, visit http://bit.ly/istechchat Discussion questions will be posted 24 hours before the chat.

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IS Discussion Forum at Annual

How can academic libraries better serve their graduate student populations?

Join the ACRL Instruction Section’s Discussion Group at Annual to discuss creating a first-year library experience for graduate students. The ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee presents:

They’ve Already Come (Now We Need to Build It):  Constructing a First-Year Experience for Graduate Students

a discussion led by Dr. Wendy Doucette, Graduate Research and Instruction Librarian, and Ms. Joanna Anderson, Distance Education Librarian, from East Tennessee State University

June 25, 2016 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Orlando, FL | Convention Center, Orange Ballroom C

Doucette and Anderson will lead a discussion to generate ideas about what would constitute the library’s responsibility towards a first-year experience for graduate students.

Learn more about the session in the discussion digest.

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May 2016 Site of the Month

The Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the Instruction Section of ACRL is pleased to announce that a new Site of the Month interview has been posted to our committee website.

May 2016 Site of the Month:  MLA Play
Interview with: Mary Hanlin and Denise Woetzel
Interviewer: Jennifer Sharkey

Project description: MLA Play consists of four lessons that guide the student to a better understanding of the essential patterns and formatting standards used in MLA format. Although there are dozens of online MLA tutorials, this tutorial is unique in that it focuses on helping students understand the pattern by explaining the reasoning behind the word order. This tutorial aims not simply to show MLA, but also to help students really understand the “what” and the “why” of MLA. Also, the tutorial explains MLA in a direct and accessible manner.

The full interview is available at http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/may-2016-site-of-the-month/

To see the archive of previous Site of the Month interviews, please see http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/

Look for more interviews in the coming weeks!

Jodie Borgerding and Bill Marino
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee

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Bonus Site of the Month

The Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the Instruction Section of ACRL is pleased to announce that a new Site of the Month interview has been posted to our committee website.

Bonus Site of the Month:  Analyze Your Research Strategy Tutorial
Interview with:  Kimberly Willson-St. Clair, Claudia Weston Irla, and Meredith Farkas
Interviewer:  Amanda Clossen

Project description: Part of a suite of five tutorials developed to provide online research support for freshman just learning academic research skills, as well as sophomore and junior transfer students who might need remedial instruction about the research process and academic library services. This 25-minute tutorial helps students identify a paper topic that is not too narrow or too broad, select evidence that will answer their research question, and brainstorm keywords to find pertinent resources.

The full interview is available at http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/bonus-site-of-the-month/

To see the archive of previous Site of the Month interviews, please see http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/

Look for more interviews in the coming weeks!

Jodie Borgerding and Bill Marino
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee

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April 2016 Site of the Month

The Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the Instruction Section of ACRL is pleased to announce that a new Site of the Month interview has been posted to our committee website.

April 2016 Site of the Month:  Exploring Academic Integrity Tutorial
Interview with:  Dani Brecher Cook and Char Booth
Interviewer:  Megan Hodge

Project description: The Exploring Academic Integrity Tutorial (EAIT) introduces students to the idea of being part of the scholarly conversation, and by extension the rights and responsibilities that come with being part of a scholarly community. The interactive online EAIT consists of four core sections, each with a thematic tie to concepts from information literacy and information ethics. By the end of the tutorial, the goal is that students feel a more personal connection to the production and use of scholarly material, and a more nuanced understanding of academic honesty as a result.

The full interview is available at http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/april-2016-site-of-the-month/

To see the archive of previous Site of the Month interviews, please see http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/

Look for more interviews in the coming weeks!

Jodie Borgerding and Bill Marino
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee

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