Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Teaching Work, Learning Justice: Critical Pedagogy with Student Employees

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The customary home of the instruction librarian is often someone else’s classroom, governed by norms and expectations that may not align with our own. In the presenters’ efforts to engage in a more transformative teaching praxis, we focus on the learning space created by and with our library student employees. Whether our students are staffing public service desks or completing technical projects, they form an engaged community ideally suited to collaborative, dialogic learning via their relationships with us and each other. Moving from a training to a teaching model grounded both in critical pedagogy and emergent strategy offers a generative space to dig into nuance, make mistakes, embrace experimentation, and support reciprocal modes of mentorship. Drawing on connections strengthened over months and years working together, the presenters will explore these practices as a means of breaking down hierarchies and imagining more equitable relationships amongst library workers and student staff. Such relationships can create more equitably distributed and just ways of operating, empowering student learners to bring their ideas into the workplace and engage in meaningful decision making. Furthermore, librarians and staff are emboldened to create teaching and learning environments that mesh with their values, without the frustrations of incongruous faculty expectations. As a model of shared power and justice, we hope to inspire library workers to consider not only their student workspaces as potential pedagogical sites but also other extracurricular spaces where more robust and reciprocal relationships may be developed with students.

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Megan Watson

Performing Arts Librarian, Reed College

Robin Ford

Science & Accessibility Librarian, Reed College

Thursday July 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm AST
HUB 337 (Seats 24)

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