Instruction Instruction Part 1: Why Library Teaching Training Matters


Author’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on the state of library instruction training in LIS programs. In part one, we will discuss why such training matters. Part two will discuss how library students can create or supplement opportunities to become better library instructors.

What was it that made you decide you wanted to be a librarian? Do you get so jazzed by historical artifacts that you want to shout it from the rooftops? Do you want to spend the rest of your life instilling a love of reading in children? Were you inspired by a particularly helpful librarian angel who taught you to do research in college? Whatever your reason, it probably relates in some way to helping others learn. Whether we’re acting as teachers or just making it easier for others to teach themselves, librarians have pretty strong connecting ties to education. But as those of us in…

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