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Teaching or
Training?
Academic librarians’
conceptions of their
Emily Wheeler
@heliotropia
CC-BY-NC
https://www.flickr.com...
ABOUT THE RESEARCH
•MA Librarianship dissertation, 2014
“What is the variation in
academic librarians’
conceptions of thei...
•Phenomenographic interviews
•Small, but varied, sample (6 librarians)
•Result: four categories describing a
conception
AB...
THE FOUR CATEGORIES
I teach I do not teach
I am a
teach
er
Teacher-
librarian
Learning
support
I am
not a
teach
er
Librari...
TEACHER-LIBRARIAN
•I am a teacher
Refer to yourself as a teacher
“it is… an integral part of being a
librarian”
•I teach
B...
LEARNING SUPPORT
•I am a teacher
“We’re there to support their
teaching”
Feel different to “teacher-
teachers”
Influenced ...
LIBRARIAN WHO TEACHES
•I am not a teacher
“librarians who’ve got teaching
responsibilities”
Librarians are more than “just...
TRAINER
•I am not a teacher
“I don’t have a qualification”
Others don’t see you as a teacher
•I don’t teach, I train
“I ca...
CONCLUSIONS
•Librarians’ conceptions do vary
•Your conception can change
•Librarians who are confident
about their abiliti...
RECOMMENDATIONS
•Training, CPD and peer support
will help improve librarians’
confidence
•Consider teaching qualifications...
@heliotropia
e.wheeler@leeds.ac.uk
ANY QUESTIONS?
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Teaching or Training? Academic librarians’ conceptions of their IL teaching

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The presentation gives an overview of the findings of my MA Librarianship dissertation research. It was first presented at the LILAC conference on the 9th April 2015 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
The research examines the different ways in which librarians conceive of themselves, of their teaching and of information literacy, presenting four different categories of conception ranging from "teacher-librarian" to "trainer". The presentation looks at each category in turn before outlining some conclusions and recommendations.

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Teaching or Training? Academic librarians’ conceptions of their IL teaching

  1. 1. Teaching or Training? Academic librarians’ conceptions of their Emily Wheeler @heliotropia CC-BY-NC https://www.flickr.com/photos/tosa_muu/1864442633 4
  2. 2. ABOUT THE RESEARCH •MA Librarianship dissertation, 2014 “What is the variation in academic librarians’ conceptions of their own teaching?”
  3. 3. •Phenomenographic interviews •Small, but varied, sample (6 librarians) •Result: four categories describing a conception ABOUT THE RESEARCH
  4. 4. THE FOUR CATEGORIES I teach I do not teach I am a teach er Teacher- librarian Learning support I am not a teach er Librarian who teaches Trainer
  5. 5. TEACHER-LIBRARIAN •I am a teacher Refer to yourself as a teacher “it is… an integral part of being a librarian” •I teach Base your work on theories/techniques Do exactly what other teachers do IL is taught, not trained
  6. 6. LEARNING SUPPORT •I am a teacher “We’re there to support their teaching” Feel different to “teacher- teachers” Influenced by environment •My teaching is not the same as others’ “It’s skills teaching, it’s not topic
  7. 7. LIBRARIAN WHO TEACHES •I am not a teacher “librarians who’ve got teaching responsibilities” Librarians are more than “just” teachers •I do some teaching, among other things It’s not central to your role “Obviously it’s not as important as
  8. 8. TRAINER •I am not a teacher “I don’t have a qualification” Others don’t see you as a teacher •I don’t teach, I train “I call it teaching… through gritted teeth” Teaching is more technical/complex
  9. 9. CONCLUSIONS •Librarians’ conceptions do vary •Your conception can change •Librarians who are confident about their abilities are more likely to feel like “teachers” •Your environment influences your conception
  10. 10. RECOMMENDATIONS •Training, CPD and peer support will help improve librarians’ confidence •Consider teaching qualifications e.g. PGCert in Learning and Teaching or FHEA •Knowledge about teaching theory should feature more prominently at library school
  11. 11. @heliotropia e.wheeler@leeds.ac.uk ANY QUESTIONS?

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