Presentation Title

We Got This: Instruction Training for Four New Librarians with Four Different Backgrounds

Location

PARB 127

Type of Presentation

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

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

A southern regional comprehensive university hired four new Reference and Research Librarians. These new librarians had varied experiences with information literacy instruction in academic libraries. Three were recent library school graduates, two were assistants in circulation and technical services, and the other was a part-time reference and instruction librarian. The Coordinator of Information Literacy realized that a training program was needed. In this panel, the Coordinator of Information Literacy will discuss the development of the training program. Several of the new librarians will discuss their backgrounds, including library school preparation. They will also share their perceptions of the training and their reflections as they develop and deliver information literacy sessions in spring 2020. The goal of this session is for attendees to gain insight into equipping new instruction librarians with the skills to be successful. There will be ample time for questions and discussion with panelists.

Presentation Description

A southern regional comprehensive university hired four new Reference and Research Librarians with varied experiences in information literacy instruction. In this panel, the Coordinator of Information Literacy will discuss the development of an instruction training program. The new librarians will discuss their backgrounds, including library school preparation. They will share their perceptions of the training and their reflections as they develop and deliver information literacy sessions in spring 2020. There will be ample time for questions and discussion with panelists.

Session Goals

The goal of this session is for attendees to gain insight into equipping new instruction librarians with the skills to be successful.

Session Objectives

  • To understand how new librarians are prepared (or not) during graduate school to develop and deliver information literacy instruction.
  • To apply best practices to developing an instruction training program for new librarians.

Keywords

Professional development, librarian education, training, academic libraries

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Feb 21st, 1:45 PM Feb 21st, 3:00 PM

We Got This: Instruction Training for Four New Librarians with Four Different Backgrounds

PARB 127

A southern regional comprehensive university hired four new Reference and Research Librarians. These new librarians had varied experiences with information literacy instruction in academic libraries. Three were recent library school graduates, two were assistants in circulation and technical services, and the other was a part-time reference and instruction librarian. The Coordinator of Information Literacy realized that a training program was needed. In this panel, the Coordinator of Information Literacy will discuss the development of the training program. Several of the new librarians will discuss their backgrounds, including library school preparation. They will also share their perceptions of the training and their reflections as they develop and deliver information literacy sessions in spring 2020. The goal of this session is for attendees to gain insight into equipping new instruction librarians with the skills to be successful. There will be ample time for questions and discussion with panelists.