[Rebecca] I am new to TALA and find the discussion interesting but not always relevant to my particular instruction. It was great to have a few archivists in the group to help me frame the discussion around primary source materials. Kathelene Smith lightning talk on “expanding Instructional Outreach from the Campus to the Community” gave me some great ideas for working with K-12 groups engaging with primary and secondary sources. In the afternoon activity session, I was at a table with Libby Coyner, a new collections archivist at Elon. We had a great discussion about archival gaps and silences, connecting with faculty and students, and other challenges to working at a University Archives. All in all, it was a great day with some interesting and impactful discussions.
[Meghan] I always enjoy meeting and catching up with the TALA cohort! One of my main takeaways from this past meeting was integrating more formative assessment procedures in my instruction (and thinking strategically about ongoing/summative assessment measures that I incorporate). Padlet was one tool that I learned about at this meeting to help pull quick, informal feedback from my students during instruction sessions. Amy Harris Houk’s keynote presentation (Reclaiming Assessment: Finally Finding Meaning in a Pauly Shore Movie) also provided some motivation and considerations towards improving my current assessment practices.
As we wrapped up for the day with a tour of the Library, we were reminded that TALA will be sponsoring a morning of reflection in December, similar to the one hosted by UNCG last December. We are already looking forward to that event and have no doubt it will be useful and productive, just like last year. Thanks, TALA!