Preparing Future Librarians for Instruction and Advocacy: A Panel Discussion (Virtual Event)

June 18, 2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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The expectation for librarians to teach, including the types of content they are expected to teach, continues to expand. The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians (2017), outlines seven roles, including teacher, instructional designer and advocate.

Are Library and Information Science (LIS) students prepared for the roles they will be expected to fulfill? This discussion will consider the role that LIS faculty and academic librarians do and do not play in preparing new and future librarians for the challenge of teaching and advocating for information literacy. We’ll discuss:

  • What types of support do new librarians need for their teaching roles, and how is this best provided?
  • How should LIS programs evolve to prepare librarians to teach and advocate for information literacy? 

Joining us for the discussion are the following panelists:
Laura Saunders is a Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Library and Information Sciences at Simmons University. Laura teaches and conducts research in reference, instruction, information literacy, and intellectual freedom. She has a strong interest in the connections between information literacy and social justice issues, as well as in the impact of mis- and disinformation. 

Mira Scarnecchia is the OER Librarian at Columbus State Community College and a 2022 graduate of the Kent State University MILS program. Mira has taken supplemental courses through Library Juice Academy on critical information literacy and student engagement. As part of her current role, she teaches information literacy instruction sessions for students. 

Merinda Kaye Hensley is an Associate Professor in the University of Illinois Library and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences, where she teaches courses on instruction and reference strategies. Her research focuses on preparing librarians to teach and the connections between information literacy and scholarly communication. 

Eamon Tewell is Head of Research Support & Outreach at Columbia University and part-time faculty in the Department of Library & Information Science at Rutgers University. Eamon has published and presented on critical information literacy, library instruction, critical reference practice, and questioning narratives of grit and resilience in libraries. 
This panel is being hosted by The Ohio State University Libraries and is offered as a follow-up to Celebrating 50 Years of Information Literacy: A Panel Discussion. All are welcome! 

This virtual program will include automated captioning. If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email as soon as possible. Requests made at least one week prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

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