Books Mentioned at LOEX 2015

I always come back from conferences with a list of books to read, and this year’s LOEX conference was particularly fruitful in that regard. For anyone interested in some of the works that are informing the thinking of instruction librarians, here is a (most definitely incomplete) list of books and articles I heard mentioned:* Grant …

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Info Lit Summit 2015: What’s the Big Idea?! Incorporating Threshold Concepts into Your Teaching Practice

I attended the 14th Annual Information Literacy Summit this past week and heard an excellent keynote from Amy R. Hofer, Silvia Lu, and Lori Townsend. (A link to the keynote will be posted here when available). Some of the key ideas from the presentation were: Conceptual teaching is increasingly important because information doesn’t just live …

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ACRL: Teacher Expectancy

Kathleen Lagan: Kill the Stigma! Teacher Expectancy in the Information Literacy Classroom One of the most thought-provoking sessions I attended at the recent ACRL conference was one of the last; contributed paper on teacher bias in the classroom from Kathleen Lagan of Western Michigan University. I’ve heard of teacher bias/teacher expectancy in the context of …

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The one shot isn’t quite dead yet.

I’ve just returned from the ACRL 2015 conference in Portland, where it was great to see so many infolit librarians energized and speaking up for critical pedagogy and thinking about new possibilities presented by the ACRL Framework and threshold concepts. Throughout the sessions, one theme in particular held my attention: the resounding death knell for …

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Ferguson, Framework, Teaching

When the grand jury in Ferguson handed down the decision to not prosecute Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot and ultimately killed Michael Brown, it set off reactions across the country-from protests and marches spanning from New York City to Oakland. Many teachers, professors, librarians, and educators have been wrestling with how to address some …

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On information seeking report

The Project Information Literacy released their research report titled “Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age” in 2009.  The PDF report can be found at http://projectinfolit.org/pdfs/PIL_Fall2009_Year1Report_12_2009.pdf. What makes this report interesting is that the group also try to dig deeper on how students developed their strategy in their information needs both …

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Can Grit Be Taught?

A colleague recently sent a link to a very interesting NPR story about a new topic being taught in some K-12 schools – grit. Grit was defined in the story by Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania who won a MacArthur “genius grant” for her work on grit, as “this quality …

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Different is NOT Deficient

The Importance of Culture Elizabeth Redden’s Chinese Students in the Classroom provides an excellent summary of the articles presented by Tang T. Heng at last week’s American Educational Research Association annual meeting. Here are some of the key highlights: • Heng wants us to move beyond the discourse of “deficit” surrounding international students to a …

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