Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Critical Information Literacy

Instructors: Dawn Stahura and Des Alaniz

Dates: April 6th through May 17th, 2020

Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs

Price: $250


This course is for folks who are interested in developing instruction sessions through the lens of critical information literacy. Usually we only get one-shot at engaging students with research and oftentimes evaluation, knowledge production, and privilege in publishing simply do not get addressed. Together, we will discuss how information institutions such as libraries and library systems perpetuate systemic oppression and biases, and we will learn how to navigate these systems as librarians and educators. Over the six weeks of this course, we will examine core concepts of critical information literacy and critical pedagogy by discussing descriptive biases and controlled vocabulary, knowledge creation and scholarly communications, critical source evaluation and expertise, and using zines, archives, and cultural objects in instruction to highlight multiplicities of knowledge organization. We look to not only humanize and personalize the research process, but also address the narrow scope of library instruction practices and seek opportunities to engage with students and learners as conscious consumers and creators of information. Each week will consist of a discussion board question, readings, and an assignment that allow students to practice incorporating each week’s theme into an instruction session. All required readings will be provided.

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

Dawn Stahura

Dawn Stahura is a Research and Instruction Librarian for Health Sciences and the Sciences at Salem State University. Prior to this she worked as a Research and Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences and was the Zine Librarian at Simmons University. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing, and an A.A.S in Business Management. She earned her M.L.S from Indiana University in 2009.

Des Alaniz

Des Alaniz (they/them) is an archivist, librarian, and researcher currently working as the Evolving Workforce Resident Librarian at UC Santa Barbara. Their work is focused on archival and library instruction, outreach, zines and critical information literacy. Des is a queer, nonbinary, biracial chicanx and Los Angeles native.

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

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