Over several decades librarians have expressed the need for more formal education training for instruction librarians within MLIS programs. However, many new librarians graduate and enter the workforce with minimal exposure to pedagogical theories or current teaching practices. To address this issue the library community has gone to great lengths to provide resources and guidance to new librarians. Unfortunately, many of these resources only provide ideas, without the support or direction of how to put them into practice.
Pulling from Char Booth’s theory on instructional literacy (Reflective practice, exposure to education theory & application, teaching technologies, and instructional design), our team has designed an on-going structured training program centered around the 3 Ps: Purpose, Prepare, Present. The components of the 3Ps establish a hands-on approach to instruction training.
Purpose: Provide exposure to education theory and application through monthly peer discussion groups and library hosted professional development opportunities.
Prepare: Scheduled lesson plan development sessions to help build time management skills and explore multiple instructional methodologies.
Present: Teaching requires practice and reflection. In addition to observation and co-teaching opportunities, new librarians present weekly demo classes to hone their presentation style and gain experience with teaching technologies.
The visual nature of the poster will provide the ideal platform to outline the schedule and various artifacts and methodologies used to cover each of the 3 Ps.
Karen Doster-Greenleaf– Student Success Librarian, Georgia State University