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"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." (John Cotton Dana). Pullinger & Schneider


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"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." (John Cotton Dana). Pullinger & Schneider

  1. 1. “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” (John Cotton Dana) Dan Pullinger, Faculty Team Librarian (Science & Engineering) Michelle Schneider, Academic Skills Development Officer (IL)
  2. 2. Skills@Library “It is not sufficient for the librarian to ‘train’ students in the use of library resources. They must now have a real understanding of the pedagogy of teaching.” (Feetham 2006, in Dale et al p.12)
  3. 3. Skills@Library Discuss in groups: Training vs. teaching: the delivery of information literacy Consider: • Do librarians train or teach? / Do you consider yourself a trainer or a teacher? • What’s the difference? • Does it matter if we call ourselves trainers or teachers?
  4. 4. Skills@Library “In order to facilitate students' 'getting of wisdom', librarians who design and deliver information literacy programs should see themselves as teachers rather than trainers.” (Lupton 2002) Training Teaching Skills to use a particular tool/library Transferable skills that can be applied “Library/resource centred” “Learner centred” Emphasis on location and retrieval Holistic educational outcome Surface learning Deep learning Bolt on/one-off lecture in a module Embedded in curriculum Teaching librarian Teacher librarian
  5. 5. Skills@Library What skills and knowledge do we need to be effective in teaching our students?
  6. 6. Skills@Library What skills and knowledge do we need to be effective in teaching our students? • Understanding of how learning takes place • Understanding of terminology – learning outcomes, learning styles, etc. • Course design • Assessment • Collaboration • Presentation skills • e-learning / blended learning (Sinikara 2008, Brophy 2007,Conroy and Boden 2007)
  7. 7. Skills@Library Our experiences at Leeds University Library Teaching activities: • Inductions • Lectures • Interactive workshops (generic and embedded in modules) • In collaboration with academic skills staff • In collaboration with academics • PhD sessions on finding and managing information • Involvement in assessment • Development of e-learning resources • Academic skills vision Remit broadening all the time…
  8. 8. Skills@Library Our experiences at Leeds University Library - a case study: MSc Nanotechnology Skills Week • Workshops on range of topics: • Literature searching • Reading skills • Planning and writing your assignment • Plagiarism • Managing your references with EndNote • Students complete research assignment and receive feedback • Designed and led in collaboration with academic skills staff • Very little input from academics
  9. 9. Skills@Library What are your experiences?
  10. 10. Skills@Library Informal skills development • Sharing of content - Toolkit • Sharing of experiences, ideas, good practice – Skills@Library blog, lunchtime sessions, discussion with colleagues • Attendance at conferences and workshops, e.g. LILAC, USTLG • Reading the literature • Discussion boards and mailing lists
  11. 11. Skills@Library Formal skills development • ULTA-1 • University-wide teaching award • Enhancing practice • Personal Development Programme for Library Teaching • Compulsory for all Library staff involved in teaching • Peer observation • Mentoring
  12. 12. Skills@Library Discuss in groups: • What training / support is available to you now? • What additional training and support do you need?
  13. 13. Skills@Library What we’d like to see in the future • CILIP-accredited Library courses to include teaching element • More co-operation at local level – peer observation between institutions
  14. 14. Skills@Library References BROPHY, P. 2007. Communicating the library: librarians and faculty in dialogue. Library Management. 28, pp. 515-523. CONROY, H and D. BODEN. 2007. Teachers, Trainers, Educators, Enablers: What skills do we need and where do we get them? Umbrella Conference 28th -30th June 2007, De Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire [online]. [Accessed 5th March 2010]. Available from: DALE, P., M. HOLLAND and M MATTHEWS, eds. 2006. Subject librarians: engaging with the learning and teaching environment. Aldershot: Ashgate. LUPTON, M . 2002. The getting of wisdom: reflections of a teaching librarian. Australian Academic and Research Libraries [online] 33(2), [Accessed 4th February 2010]. Available from: SINIKARA, K. 2008. Pedagogical roles for librarians in the changing information environment . University of Helsinki, 21st August [online]. [Accessed 5th March 2010]. Available from: