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Title:Think Like a Librarian: Best Practices for Offering Open Workshops
Author(s):Hensley, Merinda Kaye
Subject(s):University Library
Abstract:An increasing number of libraries are revisiting the open workshop, a kinesthetic learning opportunity for the academic community that positions the library to assist users in constructing advanced research and information management skills. Open workshops can maximize the teaching strengths of your librarians, provide opportunities to collaborate with partners outside the library, and strengthen relationships with your users. Workshops can also cover myriad interdisciplinary topics that cannot be fit into traditional course-integrated library instructions sessions including citation management, data services, copyright, authors rights, scholarly communication, developing presentation skills, current awareness tools, discovery of gray literature and much more. With a focus on fostering lifelong information literacy skills, open workshops offer an environment where users can model how to "think like a librarian." By employing a strategic marketing initiative coupled with active learning that embraces the teachable moment, open workshops can give our users yet another reason to turn to librarians during the complicated research process. Using the successful model of workshops from the Savvy Researcher series, this TeachMeet presentation will examine best practices for creating in-person workshops that are complemented by online learning experiences.
Issue Date:2012-04-12
Citation Info:“Think like a librarian: Best practices for offering open workshops.” Presentation at Librarian’s Information Literacy Annual Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 12 April 2012.
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-10-21

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