The Collegiate Times’ coverage of last week’s WUVT/SOHHL hip hop showcase…

You can read it here.


The Importance of Instructional Literacy

Designer Librarian

What is instructional literacy?

When I set out to write this post, I had no idea if the term had ever been used formally. So I googled it out of curiosity. And to my surprise, an article from American Libraries popped up, titled Build Your Own Instructional Literacy by Char Booth (April 30, 2010). My first thought: leave it to a librarian to come up with this kind of terminology. My second thought: great minds think alike!

Booth developed a four-part instructional literacy framework as follows (and taken directly from the article):

Reflective practice is the process of understanding and shaping your skills and abilities throughout the entire process, not just assessing your performance at the end of an interaction. Metacognition is the internal element of reflection, while collaboration is its external element.

Educational theory is evidence-based insight into teaching and learning, which consists of learning theory (how people synthesize…

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Like good music?

When and where can you catch Cool DJ C.Sharp playing records?

Tuesday 7/14 – 6-9pm – WUVT-FM 90.7 Blacksburg – Split Crates Radio with MC Salty Brown (strictly Now Rule & Mount Vernon certified bangers)

Tuesday 7/21 – 6-9pm – WUVT-FM 90.7 – Split Crates Radio with MC Salty Brown (strictly New Jeruz certified bangers)

Saturday 7/25 – ?-? – Private Party at The Cellar w/ Len C.

Tuesday 7/28 – 6-9pm – WUVT-FM 90.7 Blacksburg – Split Crates Radio with MC Salty Brown (strictly Long Island Wildin certified bangers)

Saturday 8/1 – ?-? – Private Wedding Reception

Tuesday 8/4 – 6-9pm – WUVT-FM 90.7 – Split Crates Radio with MC Salty Brown (strictly we-haven’t-decided-yet certified bangers)

Saturday 8/8 – 5-8pm – She-Sha Cafe & Hookah Lounge w/ Dr. Dakar

Smash all the Gates, Part 2: Professional Silenc*

A thought provoking post from Lauren Wallis – another former Jackson Library intern doing really cool things. Her 2014 TILC presentation was hot fire too.

Do-It-Yourself Library Instruction


Like the zero in mathematics, silence is an absence with a function.
-Cheryl Glenn, The Rhetoric of Silence

Silence always has meaning. That’s the main idea behind Cheryl Glenn’s rhetoric of silence, which I want to explore here in terms of the culture of library instruction–how do we choose and use silence, how are we silenced, and how can we resist silencing?

[Two Caveats]

  1. I am going to address the unequal power dynamics between subject faculty and librarians in this post, and some of my characterizations of subject faculty are negative. That said, I have worked with subject faculty who have been collaborative, supportive mentors and co-teachers–but I find that this is the exception, rather than the rule.
  2. While this post might sound super negative, I actually feel excited and hopeful about the future of library instruction and information literacy. I just think we have some work to do.

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