Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Value: a counterstory

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The publication of the Value of Academic Libraries Report in 2010 essentially set the agenda for the assessment of teaching and learning in academic libraries. Its focus on the “articulation of library value to external audiences” emphasized the need for libraries (and consequently, teaching librarians) to prove their worth in higher education (Oakleaf, p. 11). As a result, the dominant narrative in assessment literature in LIS is focused on demonstrating the value of libraries to student learning, rather than interrogating what it is we value in teaching and learning. This single story of assessment prevents us from asking deeper questions about why we do assessment and who benefits from the labor, money, and time it demands.

In this session, we want to dismantle the "proof of value" rhetoric of assessment of teaching and learning. We intend to wrestle with the concept of value, which we see as a “sweaty concept.” Introduced by Sara Ahmed in Living a Feminist Life, “sweaty concepts” resist easy definition; they are difficult ideas that we must “stay with...keep exploring and exposing” in an effort to make meaning for ourselves (p. 12-13). This session will take a critical, feminist approach to determining what we value and how we embody it, one that appreciates difference and validates our unique circumstances and experience. We will discuss and reflect on both our shared and differing values and how we can incorporate them into our teaching practice.

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Veronica Arellano Douglas

Instruction Coordinator, University of Houston Libraries

Thursday July 23, 2020 3:15pm - 4:45pm AST
HUB 334 (Seats 60)

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