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Teach me to fish: From instructors to teachers as science and health science librarians

Workshop will be facilitated by Dianne Brown (Tufts University) and Megan Bresnahan (University of New Hampshire)
Long gone are the days of “sage on the stage” bibliographic instruction, and philosophies about how librarians approach their role in the classroom have shifted dramatically. This informal, interactive workshop is designed to support science and health science librarians in moving from instructors to teachers. Working with other science and health science librarians, you will design an information literacy session from soup to nuts: crafting a lesson plan with learning outcomes and assessment, identifying active learning strategies, applying the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, increasing your comfort level with classroom management, and developing reflective practice for continuous improvement of your teaching.
You will leave the workshop feeling empowered as a teacher and equipped with the tools that you need to develop and teach successful library research workshops in the sciences and health sciences.
Target Audience:
This workshop is designed for science and health science librarians who teach or aspire to teach. Librarians (and students in library science programs) at all experience levels are welcome.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Develop confidence as educators by discussing classroom management strategies and exploring teacher identity 
  • Design a lesson plan with learning outcomes and assessment in line with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
  • Investigate active learning strategies for information literacy sessions in the STEM or health sciences classroom

Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach someone to fish and you feed them for a lifetime.
Speaker Bios:
Dianne Brown is the Social Science Research & Instruction Librarian at Tufts University. She holds an M.Ed with a concentration in online teaching and learning from Lesley University and an M.S. LIS from Drexel University. Her background in early and elementary education has developed into a lifelong commitment to constructivist educational practice. She considers herself a teacher first, and a librarian second.

Megan Bresnahan is the Life Sciences and Agriculture Librarian at the University of New Hampshire. She has been a science librarian for over ten years, including work as a health science librarian and as an engineering librarian. Her research focuses on emerging services for scholarly communication and research data management in libraries and developing practical learning opportunities to help subject librarians provide support in these areas. She loves working with students in the sciences and experimenting with new approaches to teaching information literacy.

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Class Length: 
6.5 hours
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