Feminist Pedagogy for Instruction, Reference, and Beyond
Instructor: Maria T. Accardi
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs
Feminist pedagogy is an educational approach informed by feminist theory. Students in this six-week course will engage with and explore feminist pedagogy through assigned readings and interactive online discussion. Central questions that will guide the course include: What is feminism? What is feminist pedagogy? What does it look like, and what are its concerns? How might feminist pedagogy inform library instruction, the reference desk (face-to-face or virtual), or any other service or resources the library provides?
By the end of the course, students will be able to define feminist pedagogy, identify and describe specific ways in which feminist pedagogy is enacted, reflect on the impact of feminist approaches to library work, and develop a plan for revamping a library resource or service through a feminist lens. This is a revised and expanded version of the 4-week feminist pedagogy course with new content and assignments. This course relies heavily on interactive discussion each week, and course participants will only reap the full benefits of this course through active, engaged participation.
Required text (provided free to participants): Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction, by Maria T. Accardi (ISBN 978-1-936117-55-0)
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.
Maria T. Accardi is 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 in 2014. She is also the editor of The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations (Library Juice Press, 2017). Interview with Maria Accardi
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.
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.