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Teaching Skills for Teaching Librarians: postcards from the edge of the educational paradigm

Peacock, Judith A. (2000) Teaching Skills for Teaching Librarians: postcards from the edge of the educational paradigm. In COMLA 2000: User Education for User Empowerment, 17 - 19 October 2000, Christchurch, New Zealand. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Greater emphasis on core or generic skills is generating sweeping reforms across tertiary curricula, and academics now face the challenge of developing in students complex concepts and skills of which they themselves may possess limited awareness, understanding or ability.

This shift in focus demands that the academic must seek out comprehensive, specialised guidance from support areas such as libraries. In response, librarians must be positioned as key educators in the teaching and learning environments of the future. They require new and refined skills and conceptual understandings which will enable them to perform with an educational competence and professional confidence equal to that of their academic peers.

This paper will explore the skills required to enable the ‘librarian-teacher’ metamorphosis to occur. It will examine the implications for librarians and library managers in terms of evolving roles and responsibilities, changing expectations and staff development, and highlight barriers to success. The paper also documents the experiences and outcomes resulting from a recent staff development initiative undertaken by QUT Library to address this issue.

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ID Code: 720
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: information literacy, professional development, teaching librarians
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:23

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