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Sara Thompson

Program Description - Library Ambassadors to the Residence Halls - LibGuides at Univers... - 1 views

  • The USC Libraries are seeking energetic incoming freshmen to serve as Library Ambassadors to the Residence Halls for the 2012-13 academic year.  Ambassadors are required to: Attend training sessions scheduled during the first month of classes Outreach to other students living in the Ambassador’s residence hall and be available to those who have questions regarding library research Complete a capstone project to promote the USC Libraries’ services and resources (see below for more information) Represent the Library at campus events Library Ambassadors will receive a $600 stipend awarded in two disbursements: $300 in November 2012 and $300 in March 2013 (contingent on completion of the capstone project).  Ambassadors are expected to keep a log of hours and activities undertaken as part of the position.  Hours will be flexible in accordance with the student’s schedule and life in the residence halls.
    • Sara Scheib
      Great idea for getting students involved in promoting library services and resources. I'll be interested to see what kinds of capstone projects come out of this. It might give us all some new ideas.
Sara Thompson

Why I'm not a teacher (Thoughts on ACRL Immersion) « Sense & Reference - 0 views

  • A few weeks ago, I found myself just up the road in Nashville for the ACRL Immersion Intentional Teacher program…sort of a professional retreat for instruction librarians.
  • Part way through the Immersion program, I remembered a great piece that Char Booth wrote for In the Library with the Lead Pipe in which she argued that librarians are persistently beset with similar questions of identity. That is, we have a nasty habit of trying to define our roles by appeal to something other than “librarian”; it’s the “librarian as __________” problem.
  • To put the obligatory philosophical spin on it, the “librarian as __________” issue is an issue of bad faith. In attempting to mold ourselves into the roles we think we should embody, we are only deceiving ourselves.
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  • Librarian as ________ analogies are useful in exploring our response to a critically transformative time in the trajectory of our profession, but their function as metaphor should not be overlooked lest we creep too far from our own (rather amazing) archetype.
  • our library instruction curriculum for the massive First-Year composition program where our most important learning outcome is that students understand how their librarians and their library can help them succeed.
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