Librarians and pedagogy

Source: Academic Reference and Instruction Librarians and Dweck’s Theories of Intelligence

As library administrators increase their efforts to demonstrate value and impact on student outcomes, librarians have become more involved with educating students, rather than the more mundane (and potentially less impactful) training that we have traditionally been associated with.  This is no better illustrated than the development of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  And as librarians become more invested in the education of students, we are becoming more knowledgeable in the field of pedagogy – notably, the concepts, theories, and issues on how best to educate.

This article applies the components of one such model – Dweck’s Theories of Intelligence.  Steven Bell also references this model in his recent editorial in LJ.  R. David Lankes references a number of theories of education, communication and information exchange in his groundbreaking work, The Atlas of New Librarianship.  These authors attempt to bring theory into LIS practice, not just LIS research.  They make these theories not only accessible to practicing librarians, but demonstrate their power to generate greater understanding of what we do, why we do it, and what we could do better.


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