E&O Professional Development
E&O Teaching Series: Evidence-based Tools for Increasing Engagement
Using Reflective Listening to Facilitate Communication
August 14: 8:30-10:00
Universal Design for Learning
August 21: 8:30-10:00
Communities of Inquiry
August 28: 8:30-10:00
This series is appropriate for those in the library who teach on a formal or informal basis. It will introduce and examine three tools to facilitate engagement within the context of teaching as librarians. The first will introduce reflective listening, a technique used in motivational interview, which will help us engage with faculty and students to understand what they need. The second session on universal design for learning will introduce principles that will help us engage with all of our students and make what we’re teaching accessible. Finally, in the third session, we’ll learn about the communities of inquiry framework to helps us help our students engage with the content, each other and us within a learning environment.
Telling Library Stories
E&O is partnering with Susan Simon in Jones Media Center and Colleen Goodhue in Information Technology Services to tell Library stories using multimedia. In this intensive program, we will apply a personal digital storytelling process to tell the Library’s stories in the realm of teaching and learning. Six participants, identified by E&O, will work in pairs to produce three compelling videos that show the depth and impact of their work.
Critical Library Pedagogy
What is #critlib?
March 9, April 5, May 4: 2-3pm
There is a growing movement dedicated to exploring issues of social justice and engaged pedagogy in librarianship and archives. In this three-part reading and discussion series, we will explore what it means to inhabit a more critical mindset with regard to our professional practices, particularly as related to our interactions in the classroom or one-on-one with patrons. We will read and discuss excerpts from bell hooks, Paolo Freire, and the 2016 Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook.
Understanding Implicit Bias
February 9: 8:45-9:45am
Join your colleagues to learn about implicit bias and its implications for our work with students. Beatriz Cantada, from the Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, will introduce the concept of implicit bias and present an overview of the research on it. Participants will discuss practical ways to reduce the impact of implicit bias in the workplace and in the classroom, with a focus on our work with students.
Communicating and Connecting
Creating Visual Impact with PowerPoint
Thursday, April 28th from 1:30-2:45pm
DCAL, 102 Baker
Effective communication is vital for teaching, marketing our programs, and sharing ideas with our user groups. How can we use images to better communicate an idea or message? In this workshop, we will discuss principles of design, strategies for incorporating images into your communications, and tools available in PowerPoint to help. We’ll also discuss strategies for finding images that you can use in your teaching and marketing materials. Bring your laptop; there will be time to practice!
Writing a Successful Professional Proposal
Tuesday, May 3 from 2-3:30pm
Jones Media Center Innovation Studio
Sign up: https://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2539428
Want to learn how to craft a successful proposal, whether it be for a conference presentation, government grant, or professional publication? Come to this session to hear the perspectives of colleagues who have previously served on these sorts of selection committees, ask questions and share experiences, and then spend some time drafting and workshopping your own proposal with fellow librarians.
Writing for User Experience: An Audience-First Approach to Creating Effective Content
June 9 1:30-3pm
DCAL, 102 Baker
Sign up: https://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2540653
We are all communicators. On a daily basis, we communicate with internal and external audiences through our emails, websites, newsletters, etc. In this session, we’ll talk about how a user-oriented approach to writing can yield the most effective content that serves both audience needs and institutional goals. You’ll leave with strategies that you can apply to print and digital writing projects.
New Spaces, New Tools
“Smart” Teaching in the New Classrooms, Part 1
Thursday January 28, 2016, 1-2pm
Sign up: https://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2318642
“Smart” Teaching in the New Classrooms, Part 1: Baker 158. Teaching in a seminar-style room presents opportunities and challenges for library instruction. That said, the new “smart” classrooms, Baker 152 and 158, offer technological advantages that enable instructors to overcome design challenges and foster a dynamic learning experience. In this session Stephen Angell will orient participants in the functionalities of the renovated seminar rooms, and members of E&O will present teaching exercises, replicable across the curriculum, that make special use of the space.
“Smart” Teaching in the New Classrooms, Part 2
Monday February 1, 2016, 3-4pm
Sign up: https://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2318647
The recent renovation of Carson 61 encourages incorporating active learning strategies in your class sessions. What are some effective ways to teach in this space? In this workshop, we’ll experience the capabilities of this room as students, learning about some new resources and using the technology to teach each other. We’ll also discuss other approaches that this space might facilitate. *BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE*
Active Learning App Sandbox
Thursday March 24, 2016, 2-3pm
Location: Jones Innovation Studio
Sign up: https://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2318649
Based on your survey responses, there’s demand for incorporating problem-based learning exercises, collaborative documents/workspace, and diagnostic quizzes into library classes. Now’s your chance to experiment with a few tools that will help you do just that. Join us for this informal open workshop in the new Jones Innovation Studio. There will be laptops available (Jones’ laptop cart), or bring your own!
w/ not @: A Collaborative Public Speaking Workshop with Josh Compton
Monday February 16, 2:00-3:00pm
Location TBD (Berry 183 or DCAL)
Sign up required: https://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event.php?id=884213
Speakers who speak "with" an audience -- not "at" them or "to" them -- give better presentations. Audiences are more involved, speakers are more enthusiastic, and messages are more meaningful. Join Josh Compton, Senior Lecturer in Speech in the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, as he shares ways of approaching speech as collaborative.
Elements of Style: Exploring how learning preferences impact communication and collaboration
Thursday February 26, 2-4pm
DCAL Teaching Center
Sign up required: https://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event.php?id=884228
Our work is increasingly collaborative and cross-departmental, reliant upon effective interpersonal communication. At the same time, we all have our own ways of doing things. In this 2-hour workshop, participants will take the Kolb Learning Style Inventory and consider their preferences in relationship to others. Using Kolb’s framework, we will develop strategies to enhance teaching and workplace interactions.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- recognize the interrelated stages of the Kolb Learning Cycle
- identify their learning preference and be able to describe what that is
- recognize how their style impacts teaching and communication
- describe what other learning preferences are (not their own)
- develop strategies for reaching a diverse group of learners/collaborators
Meet, Engage, Reflect: Active Learning in Practice
Meeting Multilingual Students Where They Are
Thursday April 24, 1:30–2:30pm
Sign up now: https://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event.php?id=615508
What do we know about Dartmouth's multilingual students? What kinds of research and information literacy knowledge do international students bring to Dartmouth? And how can we use answers to these questions to better "meet students where they are" through library services? Join Dr. Michelle Cox, Multilingual Specialist for the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric and Graduate Studies, to learn more about these students and discuss approaches for best supporting them.
Presentation Skills: The Critical First 60 Seconds
Thursday May 1, 8:30-10am
Sign up now: https://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event.php?id=615510
Hone your presentation skills in this interactive workshop led by James Rice from the Theater Department with a focus on getting started. He'll teach us relaxation and warm-up techniques and in an encouraging environment you'll have an opportunity to practice your opener, that critical first 60 seconds, and receive feedback from James Rice and your peers.
Reflections on the Librarians Active Learning Institute (LALI)
Tuesday May 6, 2-3pm
No signup required. See you there!
As many of you know, LALI stands for Librarians' Active Learning Institute, a program here at Dartmouth that helps teaching librarians refine their abilities in the classroom. LALI's two-day workshop has been held annually during Winter Interim for the last three years, and now E&O is providing a chance for participants to reflect upon how the workshop has impacted their teaching over the last year or more.
We have asked three librarians, one from each of the past three workshops, to share their experiences and advice as a way to spark a larger discussion among the attendees. Please join Peter Carini (2011), Jill Baron (2012), Pamela Bagley (2013), and the rest of us as we discuss the successes and the struggles we've experienced incorporating active learning into our teaching.
Teaching With Technology
LibGuides CMS & Canvas
Thursday Jan. 23, 1:30 – 3pm
Starr Instructional Center
Sign up now: https://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event.php?id=549604
Join us for a hands-on session about the surveying & discussion board tools that are available in the LibGuides CMS upgrade, as well as new features in LibGuides 2.0. Also learn to create open courses in Canvas and move units from your guide into other courses.
Librarians' Strategic Partnering in Online Instruction
Monday February 10, 2-3pm
How can librarians position themselves to be involved in planning as Dartmouth starts to engage more with blended learning and open online instruction? Come join us for a discussion. We will brainstorm some specific ways that librarians can be involved in online enrichment activities, like using LibAnswers associated with the class to expand reference services, developing surveys to help assess students' knowledge, etc.
Technology Tools for Enhancing Student Learning
Tuesday March 4, 2-3 PM
During this session, attendees will participate in a teaching scenario led by Tania Convertini, Language Program Director of the Department of French & Italian, and Nikki Boots, Instructional Designer. Tania and Nikki are both leaders in integrating technologies into the classroom, and will each demonstrate the use of a particular technology tool. Following this demo, the group will discuss applications to the library teaching context. The workshop format will engage participants in an active learning experience and provide ideas for classroom teaching.
Have you Unconferenced? Do you want to try?
An unconference is a new way to bring a group of people together around a broad theme. The participants collaboratively decide what specific topics they want to discuss. Awesome conversation usually ensues.
Try it out on May 9th in Berry 183 with two mini unconferences centered on:
- Outreach from 9:00-10:30, and
- Education from 10:30-12:00.
Come to one or both. It will be great!
E&O is sponsoring the unconference, which will be facilitated by Shirley Zhao and Jay Satterfield.
Reaching First-Year Students
We'll explore ways to utilize active and creative strategies when teaching library instruction sessions to first-year students in graduate, professional, and undergraduate programs.
Wednesday January 23, 1:30-2:30pm
Let's use this article about case studies in business library instruction to think about our own teaching practices. How can we create learning experiences that motivate students to uncover for themselves what we might otherwise present to them?
Andy Spackman, Leticia Camacho, Rendering Information Literacy Relevant: A Case-Based Pedagogy, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 35, Issue 6, November 2009, Pages 548-554.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0099133309001463) [Restricted access]
Fresh Ideas for Orientations
Tuesday February 26, 2-3
Your fellow librarians have creative approaches to library orientations. This is an opportunity to learn about what they're doing. You'll find this helpful if you do orientations or if you engage with students in a one-shot class. Some ideas that will be shared are using a case study approach to engage the students, letting students direct the program through a clever use of PowerPoint and using more senior students help with the orientation.
Writing Maps: Cartography as a Multimodal Project
Thursday February 28, noon-1:30pm
This session begins with the premise that maps are arguments. When students analyze maps, they are interpreting a tendentious representation, not one that is disinterested or objective. When students construct a map, they are making choices that are fundamentally about writing: What information should be included or excluded? How is tone conveyed? How are elements of comparison or cause and effect written in a map? How might a map make an argument more immediately and clearly than prose? In this session, Lucinda Hall (map librarian) and Mark Koch (Institute for Writing and Rhetoric lecturer) will discuss how critical cartography and map composition can be used as a multi-modal assignment in writing and other courses.
Why Are We Here? Using the Socratic Method to Enhance Student Learning
Thursday March 7, 8:45-9:45am
How can we use the Socratic Method – an ancient active learning practice – to help first-year students learn about the library? This session will explore how the Socratic Method enhances interaction in introductory sessions for first-year students. Attendees will gain an understanding of the structured questioning of the Socratic Method and will develop approaches to using this method in their own teaching.
Journal Club - Instructional Assessment
April 10 from 10 to 11am
Location: Berry 183
Getting Your Hands Dirty with Instructional Assessment
Tue, May 1 from 10 to 11:30am
You teach what you think is the perfect Library Instruction Session, and then wonder: "Did the students really learn what I hoped they would?"
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to apply instructional assessment tools to actual class scenarios. Then, discuss and revise class/assignment examples with colleagues and explore which instructional techniques may work best. This workshop will be light on theory and heavy on real-world application.
What do students really know about Library resources? Are they using them? The View from Saint Anselm College and Keene State College
Thu, May 17
10 to 11:00am – Presentations by Jeff Waller, Saint Anselm and Kathy Halverson, Keene State. Location: DCAL
11:15am to 12:15pm – Open discussion with Jeff, Kathy, and Dartmouth College Library staff. Location: Treasure Room
Join us May 17 for presentations on two information literacy assessment projects in New Hampshire. At Saint Anselm, teaching faculty and librarians sat side by side and together evaluated how well first-year and senior students demonstrated information literacy in their research papers. For the past four years Keene State has used the Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS) test to assess the information literacy skills of all entering freshmen and in 2011 of students in their junior year. To share these experiences, Dartmouth College Library is pleased to welcome Jeff Waller, Head of Reference and Instruction Services at Saint Anselm College's Geisel Library, and Kathy Halverson, Assistant Dean/Head of Public Services at Keene State College's Mason Library. After the presentations there will be an open discussion with Jeff and Kathy about common issues at Saint Anselm, Keene State, and Dartmouth College Libraries.
Outreach and Assessment
Mark your calendars! This spring, E&O has three events planned around the themes of outreach and assessment. We're planning fun activities and thoughtful discussions to help you learn how to get your message out quickly and clearly and how to gauge the success of your teaching.
One-Minute Outreach: A Roundtable Practice Session
Two offerings--attend whichever session works best for you. Advance registration is encouraged, but not required.
Thursday February 9th from 9-10am in DCAL
Thursday February 9th 2:00-3:00pm in Berry 183
You're waiting to cross Wheelock Street. You're standing in line at the Co-op. You run into one of your faculty. The light's about to change, your groceries are almost bagged, you have less than a minute to plant the seeds for a collaborative relationship.
Throughout our professional lives, many of us at the Library need to have a "sidewalk talk," "checkout chat," or an "elevator pitch": a succinct description of a project or activity that you can present in one minute or less. For the purposes of this workshop, we will focus on clearly communicating to your constituents what you do to support teaching, learning, and research.
This session will lead you through several activities meant to develop, compose, and polish the "sidewalk talk," as well as practice in presenting the talk to supportive colleagues.
Thursday March 8 from 12-1pm, Berry 183
"Information Literacy in a World That's Too Big to Know | Peer-to-Peer Review" by Barbara Fister in Library Journal
Are Students Learning What You're Teaching?
Thursday March 15 from 1:30-3pm, Berry 183
What do students know before they enter your class? During? After? Join a panel of your peers as they discuss tools and techniques they are currently using to plan, conduct, and measure the success of library instruction. Attendees will have the opportunity to share techniques and learn from each other.
Seeing is Believing: Teaching with Online Tutorials
Mark your calendars! This spring, E&O has three events planned around the theme of online tutorials. We will explore best practices, determine what works (and doesn't) in online tutorials, and learn the why, when, where, and how of effective online tutorial creation. We look forward to seeing you at the events described below!
Thursday April 7th from 12:00-1:00pm, Berry 183
Come discuss the article "Learning for All: Teaching Students, Faculty and Staff with Screencasting." This readable article includes both a literature review of screencasting by libraries and practical advice for screencasting based on the experience of an instruction, systems and technical services librarian.
The article is linked here: http://tinyurl.com/4sb3x5p
- Keep screencasts short and focused on a single task.
- Don't let perfection get in the way of posting screencasts.
- Most of us questioned the importance of captioning our screencasts (recommended in the article); audio narration seems to be the expected standard (thanks to youtube), and it can be harder to watch what's happening in the screencast while reading the captions.
- Advantages to posting on YouTube (an interface that everyone understands and can be displayed on the iPad and other devices that don't use flash); centralized space.
- Need to create a Dartmouth College Library YouTube account or E&O account where we can all upload screencasts in a single channel.
- Need for a single web page for the public where all screencasts can be found.
- Placing screencasts at point-of-need whenever possible.
From Mario Bros to Research Skills: A Critique of Online Tutorials
Thursday May 5th, 1:00-2:00pm, Berry 183
Are you interested in developing or using online tutorials? Come participate in a critique session where we will look at several short, online instructional tutorials from outside the library world. Our discussion will concentrate on identifying qualities that make online tutorials successful with a focus on how they address their specific audiences.
We watched and discussed these online tutorials:
- Mario Brothers: World 4-A
- Mario Brothers: World 8 Final Castle
- Rubik's Cube
- Cutting an Onion
- Knitting skill
- What is RSS?
- Forcing branches
Jay Satterfield led a discussion about each video, asking about each one "what is the most important thing?", "what is unimportant?", "does the video (creator) know its audience?", and "does the video successfully speak to its audience?" While all the workshop participants liked and disliked a range of things in each video, we did seem to agree on a few best practices for online tutorials:
- Focus on one simple thing in the tutorial, not a complex or multi-step process. Library tutorials often feature long and/or complex processes. We should try to break those processes into smaller chunks, creating a series of short videos rather than one long video.
- Production quality is not terribly important if the video is effective. Effectively delivered content is more important to viewers than is a glossy video. Alton Brown manages to do both in his onion video, but the knitting video and the first Mario Brothers video are examples of very-useful videos with low/average production quality.
- Know your audience, and speak to your audience.
- It's often helpful to do a quick demo at the start and a quick review at the end (with the emphasis on quick!) This fits in with the frequently cited advice "Tell them what you're going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told them."
Extending the reach of instruction: Getting started with creating online tutorials
Tuesday, May 17, 12:30pm - 2:00pm, Starr Instructional Center (Jones)
Thinking about making an online tutorial? Well, we have the in-person tutorial you need. Join Amanda Albright and JoAnn Gonzalez-Major from Dartmouth Computing Services and Susan Simon of Jones Media Center to learn about the why, when, where, and how of effective online tutorial creation. This combined discussion and hands-on workshop will provide background and techniques to allow you to engage and instruct your target audience online.
*E&O chose this term's topic based on your feedback, in particular the information provided in the annual teaching statements. Email Laura Barrett to let her know what else you'd like us to offer.
Professional Development: Conferences, publications, and presentations
This winter, E&O has three events planned around the theme of professional development. We want to help you explore opportunities to share the great work you’re doing, and to learn from your local and national colleagues. We look forward to seeing you at the events described below!
Conference Sampler Brownbag Lunch
Wednesday Jan. 19, noon-1pm in the Treasure Room. Bring your lunch!
Would you like to expand your horizons by attending a new conference? Do you want to hear what your colleagues learned at conferences they attended? Susan Simon, Joshua Shaw, Sarah Scully, Noah Lowenstein, and Cindy Tobery each will tell you about a conference they attended, share what they learned, and answer your questions. We’ll also share a new conference sampler webpage.
Effective Presentation Proposals/Publishing in the Library Literature: Tips to Get You Started
Monday, Feb. 7 from 10-11 in Berry 183
Are you interested in presenting at a conference or publishing in the library literature, but want guidance on how to get started? Our panel will advice you on how to get started: picking a topic, choosing a conference or publication, and writing an effective proposal. Panel presenters include Eliz Kirk, Ann Perbohner, Laura Braunstein and Pamela Bagley.
Journal Club: Conference Proposals
Thursday March 3, noon- 1pm in Berry 183.
Did our Feb. 7th panel discussion inspire you to present at a conference? Join us for a unique journal club, in which our DCL colleagues' successful conference presentation proposals will be our reading material. We will read several proposals (and the related calls for papers from the conferences) and talk about elements of successful proposals. If time allows, we can workshop proposals that you might be preparing.
Past Journal Clubs
- Information on the journal clubs held in 2011 can be found here: https://researchguides.dartmouth.edu/journalclub