Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Changing Lives, Changing the World: Information Literacy and Critical Pedagogy

Instructor: Maria T. Accardi

Dates: February 1-26, 2016

Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Price: $175


Instruction librarians interested in enriching their pedagogical practices in progressive, political, and innovative ways will be interested in this workshop on critical pedagogy and library instruction. 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. Critical pedagogy has, in recent years, been brought into conversation with information literacy and library instruction theory and practice. Instruction librarians have been exploring how progressive pedagogical practices not only serve to teach students information literacy skills, but also to equip learners with an understanding of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression, and how they, as learners, can change the dominant culture that perpetuates these forms of oppression. This workshop continues and participates in this conversation by providing participants with an overview of critical pedagogy, contextualizing it in library instruction, and empowering participants how to enact it in their own educational settings.

Participants will engage with the workshop via assigned readings, homework, and online discussion. Homework assignments will include developing lesson plans and assessment tools designed in the critical pedagogical framework.

At the end of the workshop, students will be able to:

  • Define critical pedagogy in order to identify implications for library instruction theory and practice
  • Identify ways in which critical pedagogy might be employed in the library setting in order to enrich instructional practices
  • Design critical pedagogical learning activities and assessment tools in order to deploy them in the library instruction classroom
  • Describe the importance and significance of liberatory, progressive, and critical approaches to education in order to serve as an agent of change in the library instruction classroom.

Required text (provided free to participants): Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (ISBN: 978-1-936117-01-7)

This course can be taken as one of the elective courses in our eight-course Certificate in Library Instruction, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Maria T. Accardi

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. Maria's research and practical interests include critical pedagogy, feminist pedagogy, the relationships between storytelling and teaching and learning, and combating library instruction burnout. Interview with Maria Accardi

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

You can register in this course through the first week of instruction. The "Register" button above goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If your institution wants to pay using a purchase order, please contact us by email to make arrangements.