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Thursday, October 17 • 9:00am - 9:50am
#SquadGoals: Creating and Sustaining a Library Instruction Community

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For the past few years, library instructors at our institution have participated in a collaboratively-designed library instruction community. In this round table, we will collectively define what instruction communities are and invite participants to share their personal experiences with formal and informal instruction communities. We will work together to identify some of the common instructional challenges librarians face and share how our participation in an instruction community has helped us address some of those at our institution, both for credit-bearing and course-integrated instruction. We will discuss the benefits of taking part in an instruction community and share how our community has encouraged personal growth, team cohesion, collaboration, and improved teaching. Participants will explore various models and share suggestions and resources for starting an instruction community at one’s own institution or with colleagues at other institutions. In addition to starting an instruction community, we will draw on our own experience to discuss how to sustain the community and identify organizational characteristics that cultivate a successful “squad” that is supportive, inclusive, and constructive.

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Hubert Womack

Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Wake Forest University
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Kyle Denlinger

eLearning Librarian, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University
I'm the eLearning Librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, where I teach an online information literacy course, collaborate with faculty on digital pedagogy projects, and support the work of students and faculty in my assigned departments.
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Kathy Shields

Research & Instruction Librarian, Wake Forest University
Kathy Shields is the Research & Instruction Librarian for History and Social Sciences at Z. Smith Reynolds Library. In this capacity, she serves as the liaison to History, Psychology, and the Latin American and Latino Studies program and teaches for-credit courses in the library's... Read More →
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Meghan Webb

Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Wake Forest University

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Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
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