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CRD 2016 Spring Workshop
Critical Pedagogy and Information Literacy Instruction
Friday May 20th
Marywood University, Scranton, Pa

Description: With the introduction of the new ACRL framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, librarians are now looking for ways to explore “interconnecting core concepts” in instruction rather than only focusing on developing a skill set. As we investigate these opportunities, one of the paths that has been identified to achieve this goal is critical pedagogy for information literacy instruction. According to Maria T. Accardi, Associate Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction and Reference at Indiana University Southeast, Critical pedagogy is “a theory and framework that envisions education as a site for social change. The ultimate goal of critical pedagogy is for students to achieve critical consciousness about societal oppression and then become equipped to change the world.” Librarians are beginning to look at the environment that surrounds information and challenge students to explore beyond search but rather discover and address the ecosystem that interacts with information.

The 2016 CRD workshop will showcase keynote speakers Andrea Baer from Indiana University and Emily Drabinski from Long Island University and breakout sessions from PA libraries who have worked with this concept in developing information literacy instruction. The entire program is geared toward academic libraries and attendees will gain value insight into this important topic.

Keynote: Andrea Baer

Andrea Baer recently joined the University of West Georgia as an Instructional Services Librarians at the University of West Georgia. Formerly she was the Undergraduate Education Librarian at Indiana University Libraries. Andrea also teaches professional development courses on information literacy education at Library Juice Academy. Prior to becoming a librarian Andrea instructed college courses in English composition, literature, and language at the University of Washington while completing her Ph.D. in comparative literature. Her teaching and research are strongly informed by her range of classroom experiences, as well as by her interest in critical pedagogy and writing studies. She also holds a Master of Information Sciences degree from the University of Tennessee.

Andrea frequently facilitates workshops for librarians and teaching faculty on information literacy instruction and presents at conferences on information literacy and librarian-faculty partnerships. Her publications include “Critical Information Literacy in the College Classroom: Exploring Scholarly Knowledge Production through the Digital Humanities” (in Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis, 2013) and “Why Do I Have to Write That?: Compositionists Find Disconnections between Student and Instructor Conceptions of Research Writing and its Purpose” (Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Journal, 2014). Andrea’s forthcoming book Information Literacy, Writing Studies, and Pedagogy: Research (and Teaching) as Conversation (Library Juice Press, 2016) explores the intersections between writing and library instruction and the potential for further growing partnerships between librarians and writing instructors.

Keynote: Emily Drabinski

Emily Drabinski is Coordinator of Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn. She is co-editor of Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (Library Juice Press, 2011). She sits on the board of Radical Teacher, a journal of feminist, socialist, and anti-racist teaching practice, and edits Gender & Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Library Juice Press/Litwin Books. In 2015, she won the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award for “Toward a Kairos of Library Instruction,” published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship in 2015.

For more information, contact:
Leslie Worrell Christianson, MLIS
Vice Chair of PaLA College and Research Division
User Services Librarian, Assistant Professor
Marywood University

Please join us in welcoming Maria Accardi as the CRD’s featured Keynote speaker for the annual PaLA conference! Maria will be speaking at Tuesday’s luncheon and giving a breakout session the following day. This year’s conference will be held October 4th-7th, 2015 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College (registration opening soon!). See below for detailed descriptions of Maria’s presentations. We hope to see you there!
Courtesy of Maria Accardi, 2015

Courtesy of Maria Accardi, 2015

Keynote Title: The Souls of Our Students, the Souls of Ourselves: Resisting Librarian Burnout through Radical Self-Care
Tuesday, October 6th, 12:15-1:45
Burnout is a psychological condition in which workers feel cynical, depersonalized, and  emotionally disconnected from their work. The emotional labor required by much of the public service work we do in the academic library fosters a culture that is unusually conducive to  burnout. This presentation will identify solutions and remedies for burnout, explore the systemic  forces that contribute to this condition, and argue that a cultural shift in how we conceive of  affective dimension of library work is necessary to transform it into truly sustainable, invigorating profession that feeds the souls of students and librarians alike.
Breakout Session Title: Teaching as a Learner, Learning as a Teacher: Energizing your Library Instruction Practice through Feminist Pedagogy
Wednesday, October 7th, 9:00-10:15
Feminist pedagogy is an approach to teaching and learning that is informed by feminist theory. A form of critical pedagogy, feminist pedagogy seeks to raise consciousness about sexism and other forms of oppression through a collaborative, student-centered classroom. Feminist teaching  strategies include decentering the authority of the teacher, empowering student voice, and privileging experiential knowledge. This interactive workshop will engage participants in a conversation about what feminist pedagogy might look like in the library instruction classroom and other kinds of learning experiences the academic library helps facilitate, with an emphasis on practical applications that can transform and invigorate student learning.

Maria T. Accardi is Associate Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction and Reference at Indiana University Southeast, a regional campus of Indiana University located in New Albany, Indiana. Maria holds a BA in English from Northern Kentucky University, an MA in English from the University of Louisville, and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a co-editor of and contributor to Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (Library Juice Press, 2010), and is the author of Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction (Library Juice Press, 2013), for which she received the ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement in Women and Gender Studies Librarianship in 2014. Maria’s interests include critical approaches to library instruction and reference, the relationships between storytelling and teaching and learning, and resisting library instruction burnout. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


The Times They Are A-Changin’… Again:

Exploring the New Roles of Libraries in Higher Education

REGISTRATION is now open for the spring program!

(If you are a PaLA member, sign in before registering to receive the special member rate.  If you are a student, contact Ellen at 717-766-7663 to receive the special student rate.)

* Download the BROCHURE and find full details below.

CRD Spring Program 2015 - flyer front


Expanded Session Descriptions and Presenter Bios

“Helping Students Cross the Finish Line: Libraries Contribute to Student Retention and Graduation” with Melissa Bowles-Terry, MLIS, MA

What makes students stay in college and finish a degree? What prevents them from finishing? And what impact can libraries have on student retention and graduation? In this presentation, Melissa Bowles-Terry will discuss student retention projects currently underway in the libraries at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Melissa will share results from other libraries that have made a concentrated effort to help students make progress towards graduation. She will also talk about broader research in higher education on what makes a difference in retention efforts and how libraries can fit into that larger framework.

M_Bowles-TerryMelissa Bowles-Terry is the Head of Educational Initiatives at University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries.  She provides leadership for the UNLV Libraries’ educational role at the university, including an instruction program that reaches over 12,000 students a year, faculty development initiatives across campus, library support for online learning, co-curricular outreach, and assessment of student learning. She is a member of the ACRL Immersion program faculty and is co-author of the forthcoming book Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians, to be published by ACRL in 2015.

“Listening to Many Voices: Engaging the Academic Community” with Nancy Kranich, MPA, MA, and Megan Lotts, MFA, MLIS

This session will help participants develop strategies to turn outward by engaging in authentic, innovative, and meaningful conversations with their campus communities. These conversations unleash possibilities to occupy a more visible, valued role on campus, build partnerships, and engage authentically with faculty, students, and administrators. They use tools prepared by the American Library Association’s “Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities” initiative, a partnership between ALA and the Harwood Institute of Public Innovation. Librarians from Rutgers University, pioneers in applying this approach in academic libraries, will share their experiences collaborating with other university units and offer a framework that can help academic librarians shift their roles and redefine the spaces they occupy in their campus communities.

Nancy KKranichranich is Special Projects Librarian and Lecturer at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. After serving as President of ALA in 2000-2001, she has engaged communities through libraries by founding and leading ALA’s Center for Civic Life. She has also trained as a public innovator with the Harwood Institute, which she has linked up with ALA as a partner to help libraries turn outward. At Rutgers, she has used the Harwood approach to spearhead efforts to engage the campus community.

MCLotts-Art Librarian RutgersMegan Lotts is the Art Librarian at Rutgers University. Lotts works closely with the departments of Art History, Mason Gross Visual Arts, and Landscape Architecture. She serves as Chair of Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) Undergraduate Experience Team, as well as Chair of the RUL Advisory Committee on Library Services for Persons with Disabilities.  Her research focuses on the ideas of cross-disciplinary collaboration, engagement, outreach, and the act of making. 


Marilyn-Harhai-Portrait-2014Marilyn Kay Harhai, M.L.S., J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor in Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Library Science.  Dr. Harhai teaches at the Master’s level in the ALA accredited department of library science at Clarion University. She teaches in the areas of library law, management and intellectual property. Dr. Harhai has presented on copyright, the future of library education and distance education.

Tina-HertelTina Hertel, MIS, currently serves as the director of Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College. Tina can relate to the changing roles of librarians as her own career path has taken on a journey through several different roles. Prior to coming to Muhlenberg College, Tina held different library positions at different institutions: General Services/Helpdesk Librarian and TRAC instructor at Lehigh University, Information Literacy and Instruction Librarian at Marywood University, and Evening Reference Librarian at University of Scranton. Tina hasn’t always been a librarian either, having been an Air Force officer, a G.E.D. math instructor, and a research analyst in a Registrar’s office as well. She was instrumental in the development of PALS (PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies) and was recently selected as an ALA Career Development Facilitator for the state of Pennsylvania.

M_McAdooMonty L. McAdoo, Ph.D., is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  Monty earned his master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his doctorate of Education in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has more than 20 years of experience providing instruction and working with faculty. In addition to traditional user education, Monty has also developed and teaches a 3-credit course on information ethics. His first book – Building Bridges: Connecting faculty, students, and the college library – revolves around working with faculty to create more meaningful assignments involving the library. Dr. McAdoo is currently in his second term as Chairperson of EUP’s University-Wide Curriculum Committee which oversees the faculty component of curriculum review.

Lisa_StilwellLisa M. Stillwell, MILS, is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Franklin & Marshall College.  Over the past dozen years, Ms. Stillwell and her colleagues have actively sought and created opportunities to engage with faculty, staff and students via outreach and collaborative endeavors, often with great success.  Ms. Stillwell will present on: Librarian House Calls, Beginnings (welcoming newly-enrolled first-years), serving on college-wide committees, collaborating with the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development, and Coffee & Conversation.

robweidmanRob Weidman earned his B.A. in Greek from The College of William and Mary and his M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. He also received an M.S. in Learning Sciences and Technology from Lehigh University, where he currently holds the position of Senior Library Technologist. In this role, he contributes to the development of Lehigh’s Digital Library, while providing and improving access to other electronic resources. He began his employment at Lehigh as a cataloger after working at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory as an archives assistant and a cataloger/indexer.

Be sure to REGISTER before May 18!

Contact CRD Vice Chair Christina Steffy with any questions:  cjsteffy at gmail dot com

Please note: PaLA will not issue refunds for cancellations or no-shows to the workshop. Replacement attendees will be permitted with proper notice to the organizer.  Any unused fee will be designated as support for the sponsoring unit (i.e. Southeast Chapter or College & Research Division.)

Thank you for joining us for the Spring 2014 Workshop

CRD Spring Program: Open and Shut: The Case for OA in Libraries

Friday, May 30, 2014 ~ Arcadia University, Glenside PA

Keynote presenter:

  • Sue Kriegsman, Program Manager for Harvard University Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication – Benefits and Implementation of Open Access Policies

Opening presenters:

  • Tom Reinsfelder (Penn State Mont Alto) & John Barnett (University of Pittsburgh) – Open Access: Where Are We Now and How Did We Get Here?

Breakout session presenters:

  • Timothy Deliyannides & Lauren Collister (University of Pittsburgh) – The Library as Publisher
  • George Aulisio (University of Scranton) – Paving the Way for Open Access
  • Eric Jeitner (Arcadia University) & Janelle Wertaberger (Gettysburg College) – If You Build It, They Will Come (if you invite them thoughtfully): Institutional Repositories in Academic Libraries



Thank you for joining us for the Spring 2013 Workshop

CRD Spring Program: The New Era of e-Books

Monday, May 20, 2013 ~ Penn State Hazleton Campus, Graham Building

Keynote presenters:

  • David A. Bell Ph.D., Professor of History, Princeton University
  • Nancy Magnuson, College Librarian, Goucher College

Breakout session presenters:

  • Becky Albitz, Acquisition Librarian, Bates College
  • Michelle Foreman Ph.D., Associate Dean & Director of the Library, Shippensburg University
  • Beth Transue, Collection Development Coordinator, Messiah College

Find full details in the flyer below.  Online registration is available here and will be open from March 15-May 10.


Thank you for joining us for the Spring 2012 Workshop

CRD image for the 2012 Spring Workshop

Digital Natives or Digitally Naive

Digital Natives or Digitally Naive: Lessons on Digital and Media Literacy

9 am-4 pm on May 24, 2012

Location & Maps
The workshop is in the Rollins Building (which is connected to the Gateway and Library buildings). Registration will take place just outside the Gallagher Room. The keynote will be in Gallagher and more information about the breakouts will be provided. Signage will help direct participants to the right place.

Hotel Information
Hampton Inn & Suites Newtown
Mention Bucks Media Literacy Workshop for discounted rate of $119
Rooms reserved until May 11th

Registration is now closed.

Program will introduce librarians just starting or just thinking about starting media support programs to digital and media literacy with thought-leader Renee Hobbs, Founding Director of the Harrington School for Communication at the University of Rhode Island. She will address the big question of “Why media?,” some of the common concerns with starting a program (is a media project rigorous enough?), the role is strengthening a student’s critical thinking skills with regard to media (does this YouTube video have the facts right?). Dr. Hobbs will lead a discussion session on the 4 dimensions of digital literacy as well. The afternoon breakout sessions are effective media assignment design with Jackie Fritz (Bucks CCC), a session on multimedia literacy and media practice at Univ. of Delaware with Shelly McCoy & Hannah Lee and the Penn State Knowledge Commons overview and practice in the first semester with Joe Fennewald & Emily Rimland.

Breakout Descriptions
The Knowledge Commons at Penn State
A key element in the implementation of ‘Commons’ are the partners libraries build to create the ‘one-stop shop’ for students. These can be internal (lending, reference, instruction) as well as external (information technology, media, writing and math tutors). Additionally, each partner may have different priorities ranging from day-to-day operations to creating programs and outreach. In this session, the presenters will share their recent experience at Penn State but welcome and encourage you to share yours. The discussion will include the different types of partners libraries have established, problems encountered, and solutions explored in providing effective student-centered learning spaces in libraries.

Joe Fennewald, Head of the Tombros and McWhirter Knowledge Commons, and Emily Rimland, Information Literacy Librarian and Learning Technologies Coordinator, Penn State University Libraries

Collaborating to revitalize student learning
Well-designed assignments guide students in using media resources and technology tools successfully. Librarians lead the way on this path to obtaining learning goals by teaching instructional design, media literacy, and transliteracy skills to both faculty and students. Student and faculty products from New Media Literacy and Transliteracy professional development institutes demonstrate this approach, presented by Jackie Fritz.

Multimedia Literacy: A Plan to Get Started
The Student Multimedia Design Center at the University of Delaware Library has the space, hardware, and software for students to create multimedia. Adding a multimedia literacy component is the next step. Join Shelly McCoy and Hannah Lee as they present their thought process and strategy in starting their multimedia literacy program. Attendees will review and discuss ideas and considerations and be able to start outlining a multimedia literacy program for their library.

Renee Hobbs
Renee Hobbs is one of the nation’s leading authorities on media literacy education. She is a Professor at the University of Rhode Island, where she founded the Harrington School of Communications and Media, a new type of communications school emphasizing digital and media literacy in an interdisciplinary environment. She has created numerous award-winning multimedia curriculum materials for K-12 English language arts educators and students. Her book, Digital and media literacy: Connecting culture and classroom (20011, Corwin/Sage) paves the way for a connected vision of media education across the classroom, community and library.

PaLA Member (includes lunch)  $35
Student Rate (must show ID at Event) $20
NonMember/Late Registration $55

“This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor, through the College and Research Division ( of PaLA. Show your appreciation by becoming a member of PaLA! And if you are a member – thank you!”

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