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Library Instruction 101: What You (Probably) Didn't Learn in Library School

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SCIL and IE LEADS will be holding an all-day workshop: Library Instruction 101: What You (Probably) Didn’t Learn in Library School.

November 22, 2013
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
University of California, Riverside
353 Highlander Union Building (HUB)
Room 355

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Local experts will teach sessions in:

  • Instructional Design
  • Assessment
  • Designing learning activities/experiences
  • Marketing your instruction
  • Public speaking for teaching librarians

  • For more information email Stephanie Rosenblatt or call (562) 860-2451 Ext. 2416.

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    Register Now!!! Space is limited! Registration Opens 10/21/2013, 10 a.m.

    Prices are:

      $36 – CARL Members
      $51 – Non-members
      $21 – Students

    Students enrolled in IE LEADS program should email Anthony Sanchez on or after October 18th to register for the event.

    Location & Parking

    University of California, Riverside
    900 University Ave
    Riverside, CA 92507
    353 Highlander Union Building (HUB)
    Room 355

    Directions to the HUB from anywhere on the UCR campus.


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    Sessions & Presenters

    Instructional Design

    Solid instructional design is at the core of every effective learning opportunity. During this keynote, Dominique will present general instructional design principles and illustrate how they can be incorporated into library workshops and/or courses. Participants will work in small cohorts, facilitated by experienced instruction librarians, to create learning outcomes for information literacy instruction, which will facilitate success in designing effective learning activities and assessment.

    Keynote Speaker/Instructor

    Dominique Turnbow is the Instruction Design Coordinator at the UC San Diego Library. In this role, she works with librarians to incorporate instructional design principles and models into their workshops or courses. Additionally, she works with a team of librarians to identify and develop online information literacy learning objects and tutorials. Dominique is an active participant in CARL, SCIL and the ACRL Instruction Section. Dominique received her MLIS from UCLA in 2002 and M.Ed from SDSU in 2013.



    Classroom assessment is all about getting learners active in your sessions. The more you talk, the less you’ll know about what they are learning. This session will give you some quick, inexpensive, and meaning-rich ways to get learners to show you what they know and what they don’t. We’ll talk about (and experience) formative assessments that allow you to immediately address learners’ interests. These assessments also help you find out if they “got it” before you move on to the next concept. And we’ll discuss some options for summative assessments that might offer a way to evaluate the effectiveness of an entire session or even an entire instruction program. You’ll leave this session with new ideas for classroom assessments that you can build into your lesson plans.
    **Make sure to bring your favorite electronic device (laptop, smartphone, tablet) to fully participate in this session.**


    April Cunningham is the Instruction/Information Literacy Librarian at Palomar College and previously served as the Instruction Coordinator at Saddleback College. She is a facilitator/ design team member for ACRL’s Assessment in Action program. She presents and publishes on issues facing instruction librarians, including innovative pedagogy, faculty collaborations, and working conditions. Her most recent presentations reported findings from her dissertation on community college librarians’ efforts to sustain instruction programs. She also has facilitated workshops on action research, introducing librarians to procedures for generating and analyzing data. She has served on the LOEX Executive Board and is currently a Director-at-Large for Community Colleges for the California state chapter of ACRL. April received an EdD in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton, a Master of Library and information Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in literature and writing from the University of California, San Diego.

    Materials and Resources

    Creating Learning Activities

    In this session, participants will get a brief introduction to learning theory, learning styles and student learning outcomes. In order to create meaningful, and scaffolded, learning activities, we will discuss the importance of contextualizing students’ knowledge production and research practices as they relate to their courses, assignments, and disciplines. Participants will also be given an example class for which they will create instructional activities best suited for the situation.


    Lua Gregory is the First Year Experience and Humanities Librarian at University of Redlands. She earned her M.L.I.S. from University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include social justice issues in librarianship and critical information literacy. Recently she co-edited a book with her colleague, Shana Higgins, titled Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis.

    Shana Higgins is Interdisciplinary & Area Studies Librarian and Library Instruction Coordinator at University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. She earned her M.L.S. and an M.A. in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is co-editor, with Lua Gregory, of the recently published Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis. Her research interests include critical information literacy, social justice as a core value of librarianship, and attempting meaningful assessment practices.


    Marketing Your Instruction

    You can build it and they don’t come. This session will be useful for librarians who are new to promoting instructional services to faculty. Join us for a discussion of effective strategies to reach out to and communicate with instructional partners on campus, and how to tailor messages to specific audiences.


    Gayatri Singh is a librarian at the UC San Diego Library. In addition to reference and collections responsibilities, she is the library’s liaison to the Communication Department. She has experience teaching subject-specific classes, undergraduate writing program classes, and on topics like preventing plagiarism and citation tool managers. Her favorite classes are held in labs with sound systems so she can introduce her students to musical geniuses like Pink Martini and Abba!


    Public Speaking for Teaching Librarians


    Lucas Ochoa has taught at Orange Coast College, East Los Angeles College, Santiago College, and California State University of Los Angeles. Lucas has been serving as a full time instructor and forensics coach at Saddleback College since Fall of 2011. Lucas teaches Communication Fundamentals, Interpersonal Communication, Oral Interpretation, Argumentation & Debate, Small Group Communication and Intercultural Communication. He has a MA in Communication Studies from Cal State LA, a BA in Speech from Long Beach State, and he began his post-secondary study at Orange Coast College. Lucas is a father of two children and resides in Mission Viejo, Ca.

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