Flip the Deficit Script Preconference

Everyone is strength-basing! Whether it’s library users or staff, come learn how the strengths-based approach can transform your reference/interview/consultants and formal or informal instruction/training. This approach values the uniqueness of learner’s perspectives and builds on their prior knowledge and experiences.

During the RUSA preconference titled Flip the Script and be a Strengths-Based Librarianto be held on Friday, June 26, 2020 during the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago, you will articulate, identify, and create strengths-based activities that improve the learner experience at the reference desk and in the classroom and workplace.

Over the course of this workshop the following topics will be covered:

  • An overview of strengths-based instruction and constructivist learning theory
  • Summary of the workshop facilitators’ research project on the topic
  • Hands-on activities where you will familiarize yourself with and practice strengths-based techniques
  • Create your own strengths-based instructional plan with the support of workshop participants and facilitators

This workshop is suitable for any library employee who teaches or train students or library staff. This content of the workshop can be applied to any library setting: including public, special and academic.

This workshop will be facilitated by:

  • Emily Cox is Collections and Research Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Digital Media at NC State University. She has worked extensively with first-year and first-generation student populations and is interested in creating strengths-based library learning environments.
  • Liz Kocevar-Weidinger is the Head of Research & Instruction Services at Virginia Military Institute. She has led information literacy efforts in academic libraries for 25+ years and is co-author of the foundational work, Beyond Active Learning: a Constructivist Approach to Learning in Reference Services Review. She has published library-related articles, served on ALA committees, and presented at state and national conferences, most recently on strengths-based learning.
  • Mark Lenker is a Teaching and Learning Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he works extensively with early-career general-education students.  He enjoys exploring questions about the ends and means of information literacy instruction.  Publications include “Developmentalism:  Learning as the Basis for Evaluating Information,” which won “Best Article of 2017” for the journal portal: Libraries and the Academy.
  • Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol serves as Undergraduate Research and Instruction Librarian at Millersville University, PA. She collaborates with faculty in a variety of disciplines to engage undergraduate students in meaningful and sustainable research and creative projects. She co-founded a student journal and coordinates an annual student research conference at her institution

Register today!

ALA Members: Add this preconference when you register for the ALA Annual Conference at http://2020.alaannual.org/registration/register-now I f you have already registered, use the dashboard link on your registration confirmation email to add this preconference.

Non-ALA Members: You can register for this preconference even if you’re not attending Annual. Simply click here: 1) create a login to register, 2)  Create profile, 3) Add Demographic information, 4) Click complimentary single session registration, 5) Search for our event “RUS2 Flip the Deficit Script and be a Strengths-Based Librarian” and enter number of tickets, and 6) finally submit payment information.

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