On May 1st, the Instruction Section’s Management and Leadership Committee hosted a virtual event titled Fostering Curiosity: Invigorating Your Library’s Teaching and Learning Culture through SoTL, which is now available for viewing via ACRL’s YouTube channel. Session slides are also available. Our speakers were Dr. Lauren Hays, Margy MacMillan, and Melissa Mallon.
Session Description: The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) is an area of inquiry ripe for librarian involvement that provides opportunities to engage with deeper questions around pedagogy and student learning. This online discussion will provide a brief overview of SoTL and discuss how library instruction program coordinators can use SoTL as a foundation for building and invigorating a culture of teaching and learning within their libraries. The presenters will discuss how instruction coordinators and directors can use SoTL as a way to foster creativity and engage librarians in exploration of their own teaching. We will discuss the challenges and benefits of moving from individual SOTL projects to a SOTL- infused teaching and learning culture, and what can enable this transformation. We will offer strategies to support library leaders in making connections between SoTL projects and promoting pedagogical innovation within a library instruction program.
- Attendees will:
- Assess their library’s current teaching culture to identify pathways where SoTL might strengthen/deepen it
- Identify the benefits of incorporating SoTL into the library’s/institution’s culture of teaching
- Identify potential challenges in incorporating SoTL into the library’s/institution’s culture of teaching, and articulate strategies to overcome those challenges
- Attendees will:
Thank you to our speakers and participants.