Presentation Title

From Theory to Practice: Using Feminist Pedagogy to Teach Information Literacy

Location

Room 217

Type of Presentation

Panel (1 hour and 15 minutes presentation total for two or more presenters)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Critical librarianship challenges librarians to engage with social justice issues in their teaching. One way for teaching librarians to incorporate critical methods in the classroom is to adopt feminist pedagogy practices. This involves not only using feminist content, such as search materials that challenge the dominant culture in the United States; but also, the techniques one uses in the classroom, such as sharing personal experiences with students. This session will focus on practical ways to build lesson plans for one-shot library instruction sessions that ensure a student-centered approach to learning and incorporate content that challenges racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia, and other regimes of inequality. Participants will learn the basic concepts of feminist pedagogy, including theories by bell hooks and contemporary scholars, and ways to apply feminist theory to their teaching. They will learn how feminist pedagogy can help librarians relate their teaching methods to diversity and inclusivity initiatives at their institutions. The session will guide participants from theory to practice through the development of lesson plans in different subject areas to reveal how to apply this practice in any discipline. We will share our lesson plans and successes incorporating feminist pedagogy into information literacy instruction at Emory University. The panelists bring a variety of perspectives, including information literacy instruction in the humanities, sciences, and archives and special collections. We will provide resources, including recommended reading and lesson plans, for further research after the conference.

Presentation Description

Participants will learn the basic concepts of feminist pedagogy, including theories by bell hooks and contemporary scholars, and ways to apply feminist theory to their teaching. The session will guide participants from theory to practice through the development of lesson plans in different subject areas to reveal how to apply this practice in any discipline. We will provide resources, including recommended reading and lesson plans, for further research after the conference.

Keywords

critical librarianship; #critlib; feminist pedagogy; social justice pedagogy; academic librarians; academic librarianship; information literacy; one-shot classes; lesson plans; student-centered teaching; information literacy; library instruction.

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Sep 15th, 1:15 PM Sep 15th, 2:30 PM

From Theory to Practice: Using Feminist Pedagogy to Teach Information Literacy

Room 217

Critical librarianship challenges librarians to engage with social justice issues in their teaching. One way for teaching librarians to incorporate critical methods in the classroom is to adopt feminist pedagogy practices. This involves not only using feminist content, such as search materials that challenge the dominant culture in the United States; but also, the techniques one uses in the classroom, such as sharing personal experiences with students. This session will focus on practical ways to build lesson plans for one-shot library instruction sessions that ensure a student-centered approach to learning and incorporate content that challenges racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia, and other regimes of inequality. Participants will learn the basic concepts of feminist pedagogy, including theories by bell hooks and contemporary scholars, and ways to apply feminist theory to their teaching. They will learn how feminist pedagogy can help librarians relate their teaching methods to diversity and inclusivity initiatives at their institutions. The session will guide participants from theory to practice through the development of lesson plans in different subject areas to reveal how to apply this practice in any discipline. We will share our lesson plans and successes incorporating feminist pedagogy into information literacy instruction at Emory University. The panelists bring a variety of perspectives, including information literacy instruction in the humanities, sciences, and archives and special collections. We will provide resources, including recommended reading and lesson plans, for further research after the conference.