May 19, 2022

Journal Article: Training Matters: Student Employment and Learning in Academic Libraries

The following article was published today by In the Library with a Lead Pipe.


Training Matters: Student Employment and Learning in Academic Libraries


Liz Vine
IUPUI University Library


In the Library with a Lead Pipe
July 22, 2020

From the “In Brief” Section of the Article:

Conceiving of student employment in academic libraries as an educationally purposeful experience requires adopting a learner-centered pedagogical approach to student employee job training. Adopting such an approach is triply beneficial: it makes that job training more effective; it identifies training as an opportunity to pursue learning goals that support the growth of students as information literate critical thinkers; and it emphasizes the distributed nature of teaching and learning in the library, pointing to the need to support supervisors of student employees as educators and learners themselves. Focusing on the pedagogy of workplace training for student employees thus provides a point from which to redefine the community of learners the library supports, and disrupt hierarchical distinctions among the library’s many teachers and learners.

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