Our community is bound by two overarching goals: to support pedagogical innovations and advance inclusive excellence in humanities, social sciences, and library instruction.
Our campuses value quality teaching and regularly recognize outstanding teachers. We also acknowledge demographic trends across our region that lead to richer diversity in our student bodies and an influx of students with diverse intellectual interests and learning styles. They are all 21st century learners. Our projects are designed to incorporate innovative and creative instructional designs and methods and maximize student learning in non-STEM fields, with librarian instructors, and through interdisciplinary engagement.
Current members in this community include representatives from 11 ACS campuses whose projects spanned the 2018-2020 grant periods. Project titles, leadership, and participating campuses are below.
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Inclusive Pedagogy for Library Instruction, Laura Baker, MLS, and Libby Young, MLS, Outreach, Librarians, Furman University Libraries, with Birmingham-Southern College, Davidson College, the University of the South, the University of Richmond, and Washington and Lee University (2018-2019) >>
As our institutions seek to cultivate more diverse and inclusive environments, library instruction provides an opportunity for librarians to also consider our own biases and utilize inclusive pedagogies to improve our learning environments for all. The literature on library instruction and inclusive pedagogies, however, is distressingly sparse. This project unites librarians from across the ACS to form an Inclusive Library Instruction Working Group. We work together to consider broader inclusive pedagogies, related library pedagogies (such as critical information literacy and anti-racist instruction), and the unique nature of library instruction. We also work with diversity and inclusion groups on our home campuses and experts from outside the group and leverage our individual backgrounds and experiences with diversity and inclusion. Collaborators develop all this to craft and apply inclusive best practices for information literacy instruction in academic libraries that consider the range of diverse identities including race, gender, sexuality, and abilities.
- Regular conference calls using Zoom to discuss progress, develop practices and ideas, and identify readings and goals for the upcoming month. Smaller working groups also met remotely as needed
- Two face-to-face one-day working retreats which facilitated networking, best practice development and assessment, and long-term planning and reporting
- Literature search: Selected, read, culled and annotated articles, books and websites (see LibGuide)
- Met with guest speakers who are experts in inclusive pedagogies, related pedagogies, and/or library instruction
- Identified appropriate success measures and piloted the practices into their established teaching load as appropriate
- Created a support network for inclusive pedagogy across ACS libraries and librarians
Associated deliverables to date
- Individually and collectively share what we learned with conference and publication opportunities such as LibTech and the First Year Experience and Personal Librarian Conference
- Continue editing and adding to the LibGuide
- Build on the connections made with others practicing inclusive pedagogy on campus, such as centers for teaching and learning, centers for diversity and inclusion, strategic initiatives and QEPs being developed on individual campuses
- Davidson’s Instruction and Pedagogy group are planning to write inclusive statements for all teaching librarians on staff
- Dasha Maye, Research Librarian, Birmingham Southern College Libraries
- Pam Sawallis, Reference Librarian, Birmingham Southern College Libraries
- DebbieLee Landi, College Archivist & Records Management Coordinator, E.H. Little Library
- Sara Swanson, Assistant Director, Research, Teaching, & Collections, E.H. Little Library
- James Sponsel, Information Literacy & Assessment Librarian, E.H. Little Library
- Laura Baker, MLS, Outreach Librarian
- Libby Young, MLS, Outreach Librarian
University of Richmond:
- Lucretia McCulley, Head, Scholarly Communications, Boatwright Library
University of the South:
- Amanda Sprott-Goldson, Instruction and Information Literacy Librarian, Jessie Ball duPont Library,
- Heidi Syler, Interim Director of Information Literacy and Instructional Technology, Jessie Ball duPont Library
Washington and Lee University:
- Mary Abdoney, Science, Librarian/Instruction Coordinator and Associate Professor, Telford Science Library
(click any title to expand)Inclusive Pedagogy for Library Instruction, Laura Baker, MLS, and Libby Young, MLS, Outreach, Librarians, Furman University Libraries, with Birmingham-Southern College, Davidson College, the University of the South, the University of Richmond, and Washington and Lee University (2018-2019)The Hendrix College Microaggressions and Microaffirmations Project, Michael Miyawaki, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hendrix College (2018-2019)The Hendrix College Microaggressions and Microaffirmations Project, Michael Miyawaki, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hendrix College (2019-2020)Just Food: Race, Class, and Gender in the Urban U.S. South, Kimberly Kasper, PhD, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Rhodes College, and Ashanté Reese, PhD Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Spelman College, (2018-2019)Cognitive Science in the College Classroom, Jennifer Queen, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychology, Rollins College with Centenary College and the University of the South (2018-2019)
Our Inclusive Excellence in non-STEM Teaching Community of Practice exists to make a tangible impact on the success of our students and programs and strengthen innovative and inclusive excellence in our classrooms, libraries, and academic departments.