For Radical Educators and Librarians

Name: Roa, Molly.

Topic: E.T.

Citation: Keer, G. (2016). “Barriers to critical pedagogy in information literacy teaching.” In N. Pagowsky & K. McElroy (Eds.), Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook  (pp. 65–74). Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries.  Retrieved from

Summary: This entire book was featured previously on this blog, but I wanted to highlight this chapter in particular. Keer reflects all the ways in which librarians must confront our limits as critical pedagogues and how we can work to rethink our roles in the air or neutrality demanded by librarians. While Keer doesn’t come to any firm conclusions, his work challenges the reader to assess critical pedagogy as a theory in contrast with our roles in the library, ways in which we can work effectively and our limitations. This chapter is essential for radical anti-neoliberal educators and librarians to better assess our roles in the classroom, library, and library profession.

Opinion: As a queer woman, I found this work very helpful. I have been interested in critical pedagogy since undergrad, and have struggled to find a way to combine my library profession with my ethics of anti-authoritarianism and liberation for marginalized communities. In fact, this ethical issue can at time be a persistent issue for me in my day-to-day at work in a public library. Keer acknowledges this difficulty and also the overall lack of research and resources that are librarian specific on critical pedagogy.

On Being in Libraries

Lepine, Sierra


Miller, K. (2018). “On Being in Libraries.” Educause Review. Retrieved from

Fascinating article talking about conducting renovation and rebuilding of physical library space with student inquiry in mind. Written by academic librarian at the University of Miami, discussing a recent project involving University library/librarians, University faculty, students, and educational community members in a conversation about modern student needs and desires regarding both physical library space and intellectual/research processes. Ultimately came up with plans for a Learning Commons area in the library, newly built and designed to cater specifically to 21st century students needs in regards to individualized learning, creative inquiry, learning by doing, community-based knowledge building, etc.


Not only did I appreciate the discussion about how design thinking and inquiry can be used in terms of lesson planning and teaching, but also in terms of how to actually design a physical space! I also liked that article ended with an acknowledgement that now students request more quiet space in library, and a rueful acceptance that, while community learning is in vogue, it is still library’s responsibility to provide quiet and contemplative learning spaces for students, too!

Enduring understandings–where are they in the library’s curriculum?

Sutherland, Shannon


Donham, J. (2010) Enduring understandings–where are they in the library’s curriculum?(FEATURE ARTICLE). Teacher Librarian, 38(1), 15-19.

Enduring understandings–where are they in the library’s curriculum? As I was pondering collection management in my high school library, I wondered where standards fit into the equation. Librarian teachers not only have to encourage students to read and acquire knowledge they need to justify their collections based on educational standards or educational goals. Measuring student outcomes based on educational goals. Based on Ralph Tyler’s (1949) educational theories, the author identifies three main sources of these learning goals: the student, society and those creating the standards. Common Core standards are based on society’s needs to “maintain America’s competitive edge.”

Community Collaboration for Inquiry Success

Moreno, Mary


Fuller, C. F, Byerly, G. G., Kearley, D. D., & Ramin, L. L. (2014). Community collaboration for inquiry success. Knowledge Quest, 43(2), 56-59.  


As we have discussed during class, it is often the case that one plus one equals three, at least when it comes to collaboration. In this article, the authors describe what was a one community, one book program turning into renewed focus on student performance and developing a stronger workforce with broad information skills. Inquiry skills would be taught K-12, but the partnership also included college and university librarians who would build on and continue the curriculum. What resulted was the Denton Inquiry 4 Lifelong Learning organization. The DI4LL chose Guided Inquiry Design as their model. A new curriculum for K-20 was developed, and teacher librarians learned new methods of providing instruction “throughout the inquiry process rather than just instruction on accessing information and resources.”


What stood out to me in this article is the range of the collaboration. I’ve never heard of K-20 planning before, and I think it is an amazing idea. The authors were honest about some of the growing pains associated with this process: staff found finding time challenging, and shifting perspectives wasn’t always smooth. The group had a can-do attitude, however. Grants were written for additional staff and PD opportunities. The new relationships built through this process promoted success, and the group developed an integrated ID curriculum that librarians are excited about.

Librarians in the huddle: Supporting athlete success on and off the field

Persinger, Danielle


Erdmann, J., Clark, P. H., (2016). Libraries in the huddle: Supporting athlete success on and off the field. College and Research Libraries News, 77(3), 144-146, 157. Retreived from:

Erdmann and Clark describe their experience of creating a co-learning opportunity with the College Field Hockey team. The librarians offered a quite study space and academic research help in a seldom used, 2nd floor area, of the library. The Field Hockey team continued to use the space outside of class hours and became comfortable in the library.

This article was an unexpected find. I work in an academic library and was not aware that some libraries partner with athletic departments to discuss information literacy as well create good study habits. I would love to find out if this is replicated in other libraries and what the students and libraries find most rewarding. With only 27 students, this is simply an anecdotal account.

Allen, M. (2008). Promoting Critical Thinking Skills in Online Information Literacy Instruction Using a Constructivist Approach. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 15(1/2), 21-38. doi:10.1080/10691310802176780. Retrieved from
This article discusses how the constructivist approach is becoming an increasingly popular way of teaching literacy skills in the library.  In this approach, the teacher works as the facilitator or the guide to learning. This is a trend that increasing in the library. Librarians are learning ways in which they can achieve these goals within their libraries. They are learning ways to make learning in ways that are more online and asynchronous instead of the typical one-shot lecture method.  This way is being embraced more and more and seems to be something that we need to embrace. 

Lamb, A. (2016). Crowdsourcing and the School Library. Teacher Librarian, 44(2), 56-60.  Retrieved from:
This article discusses the usage of Crowdsourcing in the Library and how this method can be used to teach information literacy skills to students.  Student can participate in activities that can use crowdsourcing in which they can real world information to organize information.  This can be done with interesting activities where students can group information and data in a fun and interesting way.
Schloman, B. F., & Gedeon, J. A. (2007). Creating TRAILS. Knowledge Quest, 35(5), 44-47.
It is often difficult to create assessments that are adequate when measuring the skills of students who are learning about information literacy  This article discusses the Trails Assessment which was created to help in the assessment of information literacy skills.  The Trails Assessment was created by Kent State University and is way to gauge a student’s grasp of information literacy. The assessment tool has is freely available resource that is standards based and available through the web. If a teacher uses this tool they can evaluate the skills of their students and what they need to teach them.

Articles on Teaching (by M.Motley)

INFO 250 Articles on Teaching

This is my list of articles on teaching. Most of them are for novices, and most of these are about communication between teachers and librarians, but there’s also some about technology that’s useful in the classroom. Most of them are worth reading, though some I gave poor reviews for not being especially valuable or noteworthy, merely supporting the subject or offering background information.

Jacobson, L. (2016). When librarians teach teachers. School Library Journal. Retrieved from

This article mentions several early-learning programs which librarians teach to teachers, particularly those associated with teaching children to read so they are ready for school. It will be most useful for K-3 Youth and School librarians or librarians interested in teaching these skills to the early-education teachers.

 Krebs, P. (2014). Why you should talk to the librarians. Retrieved from

This article is more interesting to K-12 and academic librarians, as it reminds teachers to contact librarians before publishing their syllabus and get additional resources that the librarian knows about. Librarians can offer even more help if you give them a heads-up about what your assignments are going to be.

They can pull relevant texts from the stacks and hold them on reserve for your course. They can come to your classroom and talk about which sources are available and how to judge their quality. They can suggest assignments and let you know about resources you may not have seen yet. And they can be a great help if you have to miss a class–they can work with your students in the library that day or in your classroom to keep them on track with whatever assignment you’ve given while you’re away at that conference.

I thought this was a particularly useful quote.

 LaGarde, J. (2012). 5 more TED talks that all school librarians should watch. (blog). Retrieved from

This list of TED Talks videos includes several interesting topics, each of which is worthy of review as individual articles/videos appropriate to our topic on librarianship and teaching in schools.

LaGarde, J. (2011). 6 TED Talks all school librarians should watch (and why!). (blog). Retrieved from
The original posted list of TED talks about librarianship. These video lectures are meant to inspire viewers and provide ideas and motivation to do things.

 Leeder, K. (2011). Collaborating with faculty part 2: What our partnerships look like. Retrieved from

This article, second in a series, is about how to talk to teachers and collaborate with them using library resources. The first in the series is general. These are specific examples. Key points are faculty training and technology assistance (another kind of training or infrastructure help with websites or hardware).

Deringer, S. (2013). Inspire collaboration: A quick and easy guide for super busy school librarians. Retrieved from

Simple advice on collaborating, starting with offering to help and respecting teacher’s time and schedules. This also lists a number of resources on collaboration.

 Ivey, R. (2003). Information literacy: How do librarians and academics work in partnership to deliver effective learning programs? Australian Academic and Research Libraries. Retrieved from

Good ideas despite being somewhat out of date.

Strang, T. (2015). Improving collaboration among faculty and librarians. Cengage Learning (blog). Retrieved from

This is a list with additional links to websites with further refined advice.

 Editor. (2016). The best apps for teaching and learning 2016. Retrieved from 

This list assembled by librarians at American Library Association contains a lot of educational software published in the last year. There’s also utilities to help teachers stay organized, which works between their smartphone, laptop, tablet, and PC.

Editor. (2016). Best websites for teaching & learning 2016. Retrieved from

Like the list of Apps, this is a list of useful websites which both teachers and librarians would find useful in education. A big part of a librarian’s job is to find stuff, but also to remember stuff we find so that when someone says “I wish I could do X” you can actually say “Yes, you can at link Y, and it’s free. I’ll show you.”

Firestone, M. (2014). What is collaborative learning: Benefits theory definition. (Video). Retrieved from

This video provides an explanation into collaborative learning and what it really means.

Levine, M. (2016). Collaborative learning in libraries. Retrieved from

This article describes the co-learning classes in first web design and coding and later in Arduino (Maker) projects taught at the Chattanooga (TN) public library system. This is pretty short and may lack sufficient depth to recommend to others.

Kruse, C. (2016). Creating collaborative learning spaces in a college library. (blog). Retrieved from

This blog post provides pictures and descriptions of Maker spaces in a college library and how those were funded. The article is a bit short though the pictures are useful.

 House, K. (2014). Multnomah County Library turns to ‘collaborative learning’ to lure teens in, keep them engaged. (Video). Retrieved from
This has a video and an article following it with supporting pictures and a brief quote from the instructor in charge.

Clifford, M. (2016). 20 Collaborative learning tips and strategies for teachers. Retrieved from

A list of techniques recommended to help students learn in a small group environment created through “collaborative learning”. These look useful and can be tested in the real world.

Editor. (2016). Empowering parents with technology. Retrieved from

This article is a post at Oak Park Public Library explaining their program to help parents keep better track of what their kids are learning in school. This is an example of an ongoing program which allows collaboration between librarians, teachers, students, and parents rather than merely another theoretical test using spent grant money. It is pretty interesting.

Nelson, K. (2016). 10 game-changing ways to use an interactive classroom projector. from

This is an interesting one, because it uses modern digital projectors to create active learning for students. The example provided would be excellent for history, geography, and probably geology too.

Annoyed_Librarian. (2014). Closer to real censorship. [Blog] Library Journal. Retrieved from

Anthony, C. (2016). Libraries are bridging the digital divide in cities. Library
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Barefoot, R. (2016). Week 3: Managing the roles of organizational change. SJSU SLIS 282-10
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Benjamin, K. (2013). 11 book burning stories that will break your heart. Mental Floss. Retrieved

Hernon, P. and Altman, E. (2010). Assessing service quality: Satisfying the expectations of library customers, 2nd ed. [Document]. American Library Retrieved from  

Mies, G. (2016). How to make technology training fun for your library staff. Retrieved from

Rabina, D. (2013). The dark side of Dewey. from 

Tennant, R. (2002). MARC must die. Library Journal,127(17), 26.

Exploiting Synergies Among Digital Repositories, Special Collections, and Online Community

Reyna, Lisa

IL – Media Literacy

Huwe, T. (2009). Exploiting synergies: among digital repositories, special collections, and online

community. Online, 33(2), 14-19.


Huwe elaborates on how only just a few years prior to the writing of this particular article, there were only a couple of leading research facilities (E.g. Library of Congress) capable of developing an online presence of high-quality digital library collections. Further discussion into the article depicts that today in current times, this ideal is no longer the case. Huwe speaks of the rise in development of digital collections not only emerging among research libraries, but also other organizations as well as various museums. Research libraries and librarians are evolving with the constant change of advancement in digital media technologies and are becoming familiar with open-source web development tools specialized in digitization, although most collections are of a smaller scale. 
Emphasis is expressed when referencing the importance of historical collections and how an online presence will not only benefit libraries and librarians, but also have the capacity to reach new scholars and experts trying to obtain rare materials within a searchable online environment. Huwe also ventures into the realm of social networking, blogs, and community websites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Bebo, which are currently responsible for enabling managers of digital repositories to merge technologies utilizing web 2.0 applications, therefore symbolizing the effect of creating new synergies. I found this article to be quite interesting as Archivists and scholars now have the ability to be involved in newly developed trends surrounding the accessibility of historically valuable collections through the opportunity to take on leadership roles in scholarly communities.