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Inclusive Pedagogy for Library Instruction

Best Practices

Based on readings, speakers, and experience, the IP4LI group identified a number of best practices for inclusive pedagogy which can be integrated into library instruction, including one-shot sessions.

Strategic Best Practices

Identify and partner with:

  • National, consortial, and professional groups, such as:
  • Campus strategic initiatives
    • Quality Enhancement Plans
    • Strategic Plans/Goals
    • Diversity and Inclusion Offices
  • Teaching and Learning Centers
  • Faculty and Staff Educators
  • Student Groups, such as:
    • Bonner Scholars
    • Student Government Association
    • Multicultural Student Groups
    • Peer Tutors

Pre-Instruction Preparation Best Practices

Incorporate reflection into planning & follow-up

  • Guided worksheet that includes inclusive considerations for class preparation
  • Reflect afterwards
  • Prepare for the worst case scenario and what you can do to address it

Write your own diversity and inclusion statement

  • Could include in introductions, classes, libguide about class dynamics and considerations

Ask instructor of record about class dynamics and accommodations

  • Are you using IP in class?
  • Are there special accommodations for students

Multimodal expression of class expectations

  • Verbalizing, not just written statements on safety, accessibility
  • TPS on the syllabus
  • Class conduct agreements - does class already have one for one-shots? Possibly google forms or pre-activity. Librarians providing expectations. Convey our professional expectations.

Classroom Engagement

Incorporate universal design, for example:

  • LibGuides are visually accessible, responsive, download/size for loading
  • Size for reading, alt text
  • Visual AND textual explanations
  • Color considerations
  • Captioning on videos

Utilize diverse examples

  • Using inclusive examples for catalog and database searching
  • Acknowledging problematic examples
  • Introducing critical questions about authority, exclusion
  • Using examples that are critical of the scholarly ecosystem
  • Using databases that focus on D&I
  • Pulling in primary/special collections/archives for unique examples
  • “Underrepresented groups” handout or tab

Time Use Strategies

  • “Here’s what we didn’t cover”/these are the most important things handout or tab
  • Flip the classroom

Recognize and acknowledge student expertise and experience

  • What do you find challenging about the library?
  • What confuses you?
  • What is working for you?
  • Could do a survey ahead of class
  • Could do an anonymous card and redistribute in class to read aloud

Classroom

  • Jargon
  • Cultural assumptions
  • Connect to the why
  • Anonymous contributions

Utilizing active learning

  • Students in control
  • Students bringing their own experiences
  • Think Pair Share
  • Minute Papers
  • Socratic Questioning

Follow-up

  • Notecards for remaining questions, concerns with email for
  • Socratic Questioning
  • Providing content (worksheets, presentations) to professor or class to share afterwards
  • LibGuides with more information and for follow-up

Using student’s names

  • Ask the person to introduce themselves everytime they speak
  • Use the time before class when folks are first entering to introduce yourself
  • Name tents
  • Go around
  • Stress why you are asking - it’s important for me to know you
  • Getting roster from faculty before students arrive - and also possibly pronouns

Introduce ourselves

  • Acknowledge your experiences and positions
  • Putting information on syllabi/LMS/LibGuides/Email signatures etc.
The Inclusive Pedagogy for Library Instruction project (IP4LI) is a collaboration of librarians from several small, liberal arts colleges to discover resources and best practices for applying inclusive pedagogy in library instruction settings, particularly one-shot sessions. It is supported by a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South.
Birmingham-Southern College Davidson College Furman University Sewanee - The University of the South University of Richmond Washington & Lee University