Librarians, what can we learn from the field of education?

Hello, friends–

This is me, Karen, blogging for the first time (since graduate school) about something that’s been on my mind for some time now: bringing together the fields of library science and education.

I’m starting this blog with a couple of related purposes in mind. The premise is — I’d like to open up conversations about bringing practice, research, and theory (don’t be scared!) from the field of education into academic libraries. I’m planning to highlight some of the remarkable work that teachers in higher education, as well as P-12 settings, perform. I’ll open up and facilitate conversations about how we can use and modify this work in academic libraries.

Right now I’m “ABD” in the field of Education. (Knock on wood, I’ll my doctorate next year.) One thing that has stood out to me as I’ve read deeply, deeply, into education literature is how many conversations that I have with teachers & administrators, & how many papers I read, suggest potentially meaningful changes or experiments in the library instruction classroom. Yet we academic librarians, myself included, often discuss techniques or read pieces from that field & say something like, “Oh! I would try that if only…[I had a semester-long course…if only I had more than 75 minutes with the students….].” In this blog, let’s instead say, “What powerful work!” I think that I could modify that for academic libraries by….”

So let’s talk. Join the conversation. Explore the possibilities. Share inspiring examples that you haven’t quite perfected. As Nick Charles (William Powell) says in The Thin Man, “Got your skates on? Let’s get rolling.”

Karen

P.S. Do you have a good idea for a title for this blog? Snappy yet professional? One that you’d be willing to let me steal? If so, let’s talk! 😉

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