Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Exploring Librarianship through Critical Reflection

Instructor: Rick Stoddart

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Price: $175

Critical reflection on our library practices can connect everyday librarianship to the philosophy, values, and ethics that shape our discipline. As such, ongoing reflection is an essential librarian competency to bridge thought and action; uncover personal values of librarianship; and ground librarian practice with library theory. Librarianship has an intimate association with narratives and stories from their traditional role in curating, caring for, and making collections accessible. Librarians also experience the intricacies and challenges of narrative inquiry through the qualitative research they undertake, oral histories they gather, reflective teaching practices they facilitate, and oral-traditions they interact with. Despite these intersections with reflection and narratives, librarianship has not fully incorporated or developed our own narratives within our library practices. Shadiow (2013) encourages us all to “recall, retell, and then scrutinize your stories”. This course will lead participants through a critical reflection curriculum that will encourage them to “recall, retell, and then scrutinize” their own library stories. Critical reflection has the potential to revitalize library practice, combat symptoms of librarian burnout, and inspire new directions.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role reflection plays in shaping librarianship
  • Articulate the characteristics of various types of critical reflection techniques (autobiography, autoethnography, currere, etc.)
  • Draw connections between their personal lives and their professional library lives
  • Create their own personal narratives and critical reflections

Shadiow, L. (2013). What our stories teach us : A guide to critical reflection for college faculty (Jossey-Bass higher and adult education series). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Wiley.

Rick Stoddart

Rick Stoddart is an associate professor and education librarian at the University of Idaho. Rick holds an MLIS and MA in Communication from the University of Alabama. He also has an Ed.D. from Boise State University where his dissertation reported on a research project leading a group of librarians through a critical reflection curriculum. He has co-edited a forthcoming book from ACRL Press on autoethnography, a critical reflective research methodology. Rick’s research interests include evidence-based librarianship, strategic thinking, and exploring the intersection of librarianship and learning. Rick strongly believes in the potential of writing as discovery, collaborative inquiry, creative thinking, school libraries, and empowering others. He is the current president-elect of the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA). Interview with Rick Stoddart

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.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.