ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Sara Harrington, Head of Arts and Archives at Ohio University Libraries.
The ACRL Instruction Section charged a Task Force with revising the Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators. On November 2, 2016 the new draft document “Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians in Higher Education” was released to the ILI-l listserv for review and comment by stakeholders.
Major changes in the revision include a shift in language from proficiencies to roles and from “instruction librarian” to “teaching librarian,” a structural change from a list to a conceptual model, and a change in focus from skills to strengths needed to thrive in each of the roles. The document is intended to help both clarify roles which may be assumed by a proficient teaching librarian as well as inspire new roles.
Included in the draft is a summary of the Task Force’s charge, the timeline and approach the Task Force followed, a discussion of the contexts framing the draft, and guidelines for intended use.
The document is divided into the following sections:
- Charge and History
- How the Document was Created
- Purpose of the Roles
- Intended Use
The Roles Are:
- Instructional Designer
- Lifelong Learner
- Teaching Partner
Each role is accompanied by a short description of the function and activities exemplified by the role, and a series of strengths demonstrated by the proficient teaching librarian working in that role.
A previous ACRLog post discussed the role of Advocate.
Word, Google doc, and PDF versions of the full draft are available:
The Task Force invites your comments on the draft. Your feedback can be submitted on ACRLog using the comment box below, or you can send an email to: email@example.com. (The comment function at each location where the document is posted is not available.)
- Write up your comments and use one of the feedback methods listed above.
- Comments sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will have identifying information redacted to maintain privacy and will be posted to a publicly available Google doc.
- Names and email addresses of those sending email to email@example.com will not be shared with anyone outside the Task Force.
- A narrative summary of comments will also be prepared by the Task Force.
Please submit your comments by December 1, 2016.
The Task Force will then compile the feedback and submit recommendations for revision to the ACRL/IS Executive Committee by Midwinter 2017.
We encourage you to review the document and provide your feedback in order to make the document a truly useful tool for librarians, instruction coordinators, administrators, library school students, and others.
The Task Force hopes to receive constructive response to this draft over the next few weeks. We intend to summarize all comments and share them before everything goes forward to the ACRL/IS Executive Committee.
Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators Revision Task Force Members
Dawn Amsberry, Penn State, Member, firstname.lastname@example.org
Candice Benjes-Small, Radford University, Member, email@example.com
Sara Harrington, Ohio University, Co-chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Miller, Michigan State University, Member and IS Executive Board Liaison, email@example.com
Courtney Mlinar, Austin Community College, Member, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carroll Wetzel Wilkinson, West Virginia University, Co-chair, email@example.com