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PNLA 2019 Conference

Centennial Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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Session B (Thursday) [clear filter]
Thursday, August 8

1:30pm PDT

Leading Students into the Archive: The Writer's Quest Traveling Trunk
Libraries often have hidden collections in their archives that schools can tap into with little effort – if they only know about them!  This program explores a collaborative project between the Montana State University Library Special Collections, the Yellowstone Writing Project, the Museum of the Rockies, and Montana middle and high school teachers to create a traveling “Writer’s Quest” discovery trunk using a Montana author’s archive and works. Focused on Ivan Doig’s novel “The Bartender’s Tale”, our trunk intersects digital and physical archival materials with published books, writer’s tools (including a manual typewriter and digital recorder), and lesson plans to help teachers and their students enter the mysterious world of the writer’s process.  

Attendees will come away with 1. ideas for promoting collections to new user groups; 2. a list of resources for a traveling trunk on books and writing; 3. sample curricular materials that engage students in library/archival materials and an author's works and process. 


Janelle (Jan) M Zauha

Humanities & Outreach Librarian, Montana State University

Thursday August 8, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
Willow 2

1:30pm PDT

Pedagogy of the Assessed
Given the prominence of standards-based education and measurable outcomes in current educational practice throughout K-12 and higher education, librarians involved in information literacy instruction have an opportunity to examine the utility of such banking practices and to use the new instruction framework to insist upon a new model that destabilizes traditional assessment. Using Paulo Freire’s work as a guidepost, this presentation will attempt to reconsider assessment, and those who are assessed, through a critical pedagogy lens. Using problem-posing, this presentation will be a guided dialogue directed at the following questions: What are the goals of assessment? What happens to the role of the educator in a rigid assessment model? What is the impact on the learning of those who are assessed? What would libraries stand to gain from practicing resistance to standards and measures and instead inviting divergent, imperfect and non-standard knowledge practices into our teaching spaces? (And, of course, what would be perceived as lost?) In this session, we will use the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to explore and discuss the fundamental goal of library instruction, assessment, and the possibility of creating more authentic pedagogical practices. 
1. Discuss the persistence of national standards in information literacy instruction. 2. Examine the benefits and detriments of national standards for library instruction. 3. Discuss ACRL guidelines as an opportunity to increase awareness of more authentic assessment. 


Megan Stark

Undergraduate Services Librarian, University of Montana

Thursday August 8, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
Willow 1

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