Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about library instruction and the role it plays within the library and within the lives of the students we teach. One of the functions of instruction I’ve been ruminating on is the idea of instruction as translation.

Let me back up.

In my User Education class last semester Rachael [...]

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Between recently receiving some excellent news (I will soon be the Instruction Services Librarian at a small college in the Midwest!), as well as making final preparations for the ACRL Conference next week, I have had library instruction on the brain! I am very much looking forward to attending my first ACRL and to [...]

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One of the great things about my working for Instruction and Outreach this semester has been getting the chance to lead some library instruction sessions for Duke’s introductory composition courses. I came to library school with a fair amount of teaching and tutoring experience, much of it language teaching, and I was hopeful that my [...]

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Prezenting Instruction

On February 9, 2011 By

As one of two new members to join the Duke Libraries Instruction and Outreach field experience team this semester, I have truly enjoyed my first four weeks: getting to know Diane Harvey and Emily Daly and many other staff members at Duke, participating in weekly Instruction meetings, and getting a sense of the inner workings [...]

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Last week I tried something new in library sessions for students taking the Global Health Capstone Seminar.  They’ll be working in groups to investigate and analyze a global health issue.  I wanted to frame their research in a bigger, more conceptual way before I launched into my song and dance about finding resources.

I [...]

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Practicing Gratitude

On November 29, 2010 By

Thanksgiving has put me in mind of the great benefits of practicing gratitude. As a recent blog post noted:

Did you know that human brains are hard-wired to scout for trouble? Back in caveman days, or even the wild wild west, continuously scanning your surroundings for trouble was a useful way for us to [...]

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Public services librarians here at Duke just received a pool of iPads to experiment with (thank you, Library Executive Group!).  Our colleagues in the Center for Instructional Technology have been keeping us posted about faculty interest in using iPads for instruction, and there are at least two projects up and running.  One, giving [...]

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Perhaps it is only in the small, rarefied world of library instruction that an appointment to the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee is something to get excited about (okay, maybe ‘excited’ is too strong).  I am happy to be part of this group for several reasons.  One is that I get to work with some [...]

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There are many blogs in the world of library instruction, which enable us to keep up with current thinking about how best to teach students to do research using library resources.  My favorite of them all is info-mational, the blog of the amazing Char Booth.

Char is the E-learning librarian at UC-Berkeley, [...]

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In preparation for updating and expanding Duke’s library tutorials, we decided to first get a sense of the current landscape of instructional video tutorials. As part of this project, Alice Whiteside and I completed an environmental scan of peer institution tutorials. Of the twelve institutions that we surveyed, five did not have any tutorials. [...]

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