From the initial introduction of a research concept, to the scaffolding of skills, to the independent deployment of search strategies, librarians strive to create a differentiated learning environment where student information seeking, evaluation, and use can be undertaken effectively and with confidence. Designing information literacy instruction and activities that engage (or even excite) students while building these skills can be a challenge that librarians face both in school libraries and university classrooms. Finding opportunities for librarians in these educational spaces to share ideas and support each other’s work is a challenge that this session hopes to address.
Facilitated by teacher-librarian Darren Berberick (Armadale Public School, York Region District School Board) and academic librarian Benjamin Walsh (Robarts Library, University of Toronto), this interactive session will bring together colleagues from school and university libraries across the region to demonstrate active learning techniques they are currently using in their classrooms and to invite session participants to test these techniques and to share their own. Demonstrations will be supported by documentation that librarians can take back to their institutions to adapt for their own classrooms and learners.