As library and information professionals, we often find ourselves in the role of teacher, helping library clients master information skills.Some of us are full-time teachers – a qualified teacher librarian, or an academic teaching new librarians in library school. But even many of us who are formal educators, find ourselves teaching at work all the time.
Perhaps we’re teaching seniors how to use Facebook, or researchers how to upload research data into an institutional repository. We may be teaching teens about cybersafety, or teaching a colleague how to find information for a project. Almost every role in Library Land involves some kind of teaching or knowledge sharing, so in this discussion topic we’re going to look at some different approaches to this.
Take a moment to reflect on your last week at work, did you teach anyone anything?
Was it planned or spontaneous? How did you go about doing it? How do you know whether they learned what you taught them? Please share these reflections with your partner, and ask them what they taught someone last week.
Over the next two weeks we’re going to be showcasing many different types of teaching targeting different types of library clients. We encourage you to explore the many different teaching techniques used and think about which styles are best suited to your clients.