The Libraries offer a number of resources and services to help support your instructional needs. On this page, you'll find an overview of the services we offer, as well as a directory of helpful resources for instructors and anyone who supports student learning in the classroom
Supporting student learning is central to our work as educators and knowledge professionals, and library workers have a vital role to play in ensuring our students are curious and critically engaged learners. If you are looking for ways to incorporate media and information literacies, research skills, or other relevant library fluencies into your courses or curricula, please reach out to me so we can work together to find an approach that works best for your class.
There are a number of ways I can work with you, your students, and your learning & instruction goals. This includes:
Please note that, as with all support services I offer, these possibilities are at my discretion and are always subject to my availability and capacity.
You can also:
Of course, these are not exhaustive lists, and there may be other options depending on what you and your students need. I am particularly interested in building individual, long-term relationships and programmatic and curricular approaches, including helping faculty and other instructors learn more about these areas and our resources so that you can incorporate these skills into your curricula. I am always happy to support you working closely and more thoughtfully with your students to learn how to use our resources and navigate a complex information landscape.
Large research libraries like ours can be overwhelming, and as such these sessions often take the form of library resource orientations with the important goal of helping students better navigate and understand how to use the library and our many collections and services. However, research shows (see literature review from College & Research Libraries and scoping review from ACRL) that one-off library resource sessions are not always the most effective means of reaching students, let alone supporting information literacy, research skill development, or other learning goals. Learning spaces, including your classes, need to be safe, engaging, and relational in order to ensure student learning. As a result, instructors of record and teaching assistants or AIs are often best-positioned to teach and ensure retention of these skills, rather than other experts (such as librarians) who do not have an existing or ongoing relationship with the students. There may be times when these kinds of sessions are necessary based on the needs of a given course, and in certain cases I may decide, in consultation with the instructor, that an individual session is the most appropriate approach to meeting student learning goals. In general, however, if you would like to schedule a one-time library instruction session, please reach out to our Teaching & Learning department. You might also consider requesting a consultation with the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (CITL) for a more in-depth suite of learning services.
To support you and your students, we have created a number of resources to assist in orienting students to the research process and our resources, in lieu of the traditional library instruction session, including the Research: Getting Started and Recommended Resources section of this subject guide (which you can find in the left-hand navigation menu of this page); there are also a variety of other helpful options in the next box, below. Please consider reviewing and incorporating these into your courses and assignments, and feel free to reach out to me if you would like suggestions for how to do so.
As always, if you would like to consult with me on how I can support your classes, students, and instructional efforts in a more embedded, programmatic, or holistic way, please get in touch with me. I am committed to finding and developing creative ways to support you as an instructor and further our shared goal of providing a meaningful and engaging learning experience for our students. I look forward to working with you to realize these goals based on the needs of your course and students.
The Libraries and other units on campus offer an array of resources to support student learning and your instructional activities. A few that we recommend:
The next several tabs outline other pedagogical frameworks you may want to consider and integrate as you are designing courses, teaching, and working with students in various capacities. Always feel free to reach out if you want to strategize or discuss further.
A selection of important readings on teaching and pedagogy, from across time and disciplines
Universal design for learning (UDL) is a research-based framework that helps educators design learning experiences that are accessible and effective for all students, regardless of their abilities, backgrounds, or preferences. By recognizing that each learner is unique and has different strengths and challenges, it helps educators move from a one-size-fits-all approach toward one that adapts to learner variability. Therefore, UDL suggests that teachers should provide multiple ways for students to engage with the content, process the information, and demonstrate their understanding. By doing so, UDL aims to reduce barriers to learning and increase opportunities for success.
UDL is based on three main principles:
To learn more about UDL, try some of the following resources:
Trauma-informed teaching and pedagogy is an approach and practice that recognizes educators and students may have past and present experiences that impact learning and behavior in students and educators. This begins with an awareness of the trauma that students may have experienced or be experiencing, and thus aims to create secure, supportive, and equitable school environments that promote the well-being of everyone involved. It focuses on supporting individual students with strong, healthy relationships, and cultivating intentional school and community cultures and communication styles. It also incorporates and ensures patterned and consistent experiences, social and emotional learning, and regulatory practices to create sustainable changes in the nervous systems of learners and educators. It creates consistency and routine with room for flexibility, transparency about goals and expectations, a sense of physical safety in the physical space, and management of the risk of in-class triggers.
Principles of trauma-informed pedagogy
To learn more about trauma-informed teaching and practice in libraries, try some of the following resources
Inclusive pedagogy is an approach to teaching that considers and values the diversity and intersectionality of students’ identities, backgrounds, and abilities. It aims to create equitable and socially just learning environments that are meaningful, relevant, accessible, and transformative for all students. It involves intentional efforts by educators to address systemic inequities and barriers to learning in the classroom, curricula, and assessment. It is learning-centered, equity-focused, trauma-sensitive, and fosters social justice.
Inclusive pedagogy is not a single approach, but rather includes culturally-informed, culturally-responsive, and culturally-sustaining pedagogies, among others. Other frameworks, such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Inclusive Design, can also be part of an inclusive approach to learning.
Some of the core principles of inclusive pedagogy are
To learn more about this framework and approach, consult some of the following resources
Critical pedagogy is a teaching philosophy approach that applies concepts from critical theory to education, learning practices, and the classroom. It positions teaching as a political act and aims to help students question and challenge domination, inequality, and injustice in society, especially around structures such as class, race, and gender. It also seeks to develop critical thinking, social responsibility, and transformative action in students towards empowering them to create change in the world.
Some of the principles of critical pedagogy are:
To learn more about critical pedagogies, try some of the following resources
Indigenous pedagogy is a teaching method that connects Native experiences, stories, perspectives, and worldviews into a guiding path toward learning and knowledge, relying on the relationships between people and the land (including non-human beings and entities of all kinds) to build a broad, holistic interconnectedness. Indigenous pedagogy also promotes learning through four distinct areas: personal and holistic, experiential, place-based, and intergenerational. Indigenous pedagogy is informed by Indigenous epistemologies, which are ways of knowing that emphasize relationality, the interconnection between sacred and secular, and animism. Indigenous pedagogy also recognizes the important role that Elders and traditional communities have in passing on knowledge, and centers these relationships in curricula and learning environments.
Indigenous pedagogy is closely related to decolonial pedagogy, which challenge the historical origins, power dynamics, and Eurocentrism of Western pedagogies and educational methodologies, which are rooted in colonialism, imperialism, and racism. It seeks to deconstruct and reshape the ways that colonized individuals understand and interact with the world they live in, by recognizing and valuing their own epistemologies, cultures, and identities. Decolonial pedagogy also involves critically examining the sources, purposes, and effects of knowledge production and dissemination, as well as the role of educators and students in this process.
Some principles of Indigenous and decolonial pedagogies are
To learn more about the tenets and practices of Indigenous and decolonial pedagogies, consult some of the resources below
Feminist pedagogy is a teaching approach that is based on feminist thinking, motivations, and values. It recognizes that knowledge making happens in socially and politically inflected ways, and that teaching and learning are influenced by structures of power, such as patriarchy, racism, classism, heterosexism, etc.. It aims to create a more democratic, inclusive, and transformative educational experience for both teachers and students.
Some of the principles of feminist pedagogy are
To learn more about the tenets and practices of feminist pedagogy, consult some of the resources below
A collection of resources from other institutions and organizations to support your instruction