Learning in the General Education Classroom? A Multi-Disciplinary and
Collaborative Research Project,” they spent three years investigating student-
generated visual projects. In particular, they examined how such products not
only help the learning of key disciplinary concepts but also provide valuable
evidence of student learning that can be used for assessment purposes. Carrie
worked closely with a sociology faculty member to determine best practices for
introducing students to the research and information-seeking process through
visual methods.
Carrie was part of a team that approached teaching as a process of inquiry
that could inform the development and application of new pedagogy. Instead of
being involved in only one aspect of a course as she typically had been in the
past (e.g., assignment design, library instruction sessions, etc.), she was able to
participate in the development of course outcomes, assignments, and
assessments, as well as being a part of their implementation. In working
alongside faculty to guide student learning and assess student work, she gained
insights into discipline-focused thinking and the foundational knowledge that
crosses disciplinary boundaries. Having a better understanding of the issues
facing teaching faculty has improved her understanding of the current academic
environment in terms of the potential for information literacy education and
assessment at the course level and curriculum-wide. To quote Carrie, “So, when
I think about information literacy now, I am able to see it as a learning initiative,
rather than simply a library initiative.”
Carrie’s work represents a great example of a librarian becoming an integral
part of the teaching and learning process. But, above all, both of these examples
give me great hope that academic libraries are developing “a diverse group of
library professionals who have the expertise and knowledge to lead and
participate in new partnerships with researchers and university faculty.”12
1
“ARL Strategic Plan 2010–2012,” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC,
no. 268 (Feb. 2010): 16, http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/rli/archive/rli268.shtml.
2
Ibid., 17.
3
John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison, The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly
Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion (New York: Basic Books, 2010): 90, 158.
4
Ibid., 47.
5
Ibid., 32.
6
Ibid., 9.
7
Brenda L. Johnson and Laurie A. Alexander, “Reaching Beyond the Walls of the Library,” in The Desk
and Beyond: Next Generation Reference Services, ed. Sarah K. Steiner and M. Leslie Madden (Chicago:
Association of College and Research Libraries, 2008): 31.
8
Ibid., 29.
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