Critical Information Literacy

$250.00

Dates: January 3 - February 13

Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs

This fun, informal 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.

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Credits

2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

This this fun, informal 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 StahuraDawn 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 educator, librarian and zinester who currently lives on occupied Chumash-Barbareno lands on the Central Coast of California. Des works at the University of California Santa Barbara in the Evolving Workforce Resident Librarian residency role. They have created and facilitated classes around zines, research justice, teaching with archives, and activist archives for academic and public audiences for over six years.

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Special Session

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.

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