Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Friday, July 24 • 9:30am - 10:45am
“Do some research”: Research assignments and composition Teaching Assistants

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How do Teaching Assistants (TAs) incorporate information literacy into research assignments?  Many instruction librarians work with classes taught by TAs, and while there is a large body of literature in composition studies about TAs and pedagogy, library literature tends to skip over the TAs.  When librarians write about incorporating information literacy into program curriculum, we talk about working with the faculty coordinators -- missing the TAs who may have a great deal of control over assignments.  At the University of New Mexico, we work most directly with students in first-year composition class, so we see only slices of the assignments, which made us curious.  What information literacy elements are present in these assignments?  We gathered research assignment prompts from TAs and coded them for information literacy elements.  We want to pursue a train-the-trainer approach with TAs, and this study helped us to check our assumptions about how TAs talk about research in assignments.  As we worked on this project, we asked ourselves, “How will we have a constructive dialogue about incorporating information literacy that is not deficit focused?  How will we be mindful of the hierarchies of power within the university system?”  In this talk, we will present our study’s findings, implications for future research, and next steps for conversations and collaborations with TAs. This would be useful for anyone who works in a similar setting where TAs have control over assignments or library instruction programs curious about switching to a train-the-trainer model.

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Alyssa Russo

Learning Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
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Glenn Koelling

Learning Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
My dog's name is Doodle.

Friday July 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am AST
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