July 23-25, 2014
Portland State University, Portland Oregon
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Thursday, July 24 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Opening Our Information Literacy Classrooms to Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

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As our college campuses grow increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, it is essential to the sustainability of our library instruction programs that we understand teaching and learning in a cultural context. Librarians at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College strive to design information literacy instruction that facilitates an inclusive, diverse space where multiple modes of communication are developed and rewarded. In this presentation, we will share examples of our own successes and failures designing culturally responsive information literacy sessions and discuss strategies for introducing culturally-grounded participation, problem-solving, and discourse styles into library instruction. We encourage participants to bring lesson plans, worksheets, and assessment activities to the workshop where we will provide time and guidance to revise those materials with reference to culturally responsive pedagogy. Together, we will compile ideas and examples of culturally responsive teaching, assessment, and communication practices in the information literacy classroom.


Althea Lazzaro

Research & Instruction Librarian, Campus Library University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia Community College

Shardé Mills

Campus Library University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia Community College

Thursday July 24, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
Smith 236 Smith Memorial Student Union Portland State University Portland, OR 97201

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