Strengths-Based Librarianship for Instruction and Research Services

Are you interested in learning about how your student’s authentic, real life research skills can impact your teaching?

We invite you to register for “Strengths-Based Librarianship for Instruction and Research Services”, a 5-week online course to discover and discuss strengths-based pedagogy.

During this course, you will transform your teaching and individual consultations by valuing the uniqueness of learners’ perspectives and building on their prior knowledge and experiences. Together, you will have opportunity to identify, examine and create strengths-based activities.

The course 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

 This asynchronous course begins on November 9, 2020 and you may register here.