Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Research Consultations as Intentional Care to First Year Students

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The traditional teaching power dynamic, where teachers are experts and students are receptacles of information, persists despite the call for student-centered learning. Librarians can provide first-year students with the types of attention, support, and care often advertised by institutions, but lacking in students actual experiences. Furthermore, librarians are uniquely positioned to challenge the traditional power dynamic as we are not usually evaluating student work, which is particularly helpful to first-year students as they work to build their academic and emotional support systems in a new environment. Of the many teaching methods used by librarians, the individual research consultation is certainly the most affective for it allows interactive instruction that is personalized and humanizing. Individual research consultations provide librarians with the opportunity to lift students as autonomous and knowledgeable while information and resources are shared between them.

In this session, the presenter will lead attendees through a structure of individual consultations modeled from Care Theory and Relational Cultural Theory to demonstrate how consultations can be both instructive and nurturing learning environments. Afterwards, attendees will participate in a facilitated discussion of their own best practices for research consultations, their work with first-year students, and how they can equalize the power dynamics within their offices. Time will be allotted to discuss self-care in recognition of the labor required to provide such emotionally supportive instruction.

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Symphony Bruce

Resident Librarian, American University
Symphony Bruce, Resident Librarian at American University, is an educator who works to support first-year students acclimating to their college experience. Largely influenced by her time as a high school English teacher, Symphony believes deeply in the power of relationships and care... Read More →

Thursday July 23, 2020 3:15pm - 4:45pm AST
HUB 337 (Seats 24)

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