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Amanda at the Magnolias Curriculum Project

Magnolias Curriculum Project  Last week I had the privilege of attending the Wake Forest University Magnolias Curriculum Project. This two day teaching workshop is put on by the WFU Office of Sustainability, and the focus of the workshop is helping faculty meaningfully incorporate sustainability into their classroom curriculum. First, I have to tell you this... more

Amanda at Immersion 2016

What is Immersion? From July 24-29th I visited Burlington, Vermont to attend Immersion, a week-long, intensive training for librarians working on information literacy. Immersion was located on the campus of Champlain College. I attended the “Teacher Track,” which is ideal for early-career instruction librarians who are interested in strengthening their knowledge of instructional techniques and... more

Amanda at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Professional Development and Pedagogy

Summer Institute for Intercultural Professional Development and Pedagogy What is the Summer Institute? On Wednesday, June 15th and Thursday, June 16th, Mary Beth and I attended the Summer Institute for Intercultural Professional Development and Pedagogy. This was a two day and one night retreat at Graylyn, sponsored by the Office of the Provost. There were... more

Amanda at LOEX 2016

For me, the main theme of this year’s LOEX was Critical Pedagogy. Critical pedagogy has been buzzing around the library instruction world since at least 2005, but has its roots in the works of authors such as Paulo Freire, bell hooks, and Henry Giroux, to name a few. I hesitate to define critical pedagogy, but... more

Steve, Jeff, and Amanda at LAUNC-CH

On Friday, March 18th, Amanda, Jeff, and Steve visited Chapel Hill to attend the LAUNC-CH Conference. This is an annual conference put on by the librarians at UNC-Chapel Hill and features breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to all aspects of academic librarianship. Keynote Address: Makerspaces in Libraries (Amanda) The Keynote Address was... more

Amanda at LOEX 2015

Earlier this month, Joy and I attended the annual LOEX Conference in Denver, Colorado. Like previous years, this continues to be the standout library instruction conference and I’m so happy we were able to go. Keynote I would agree with Joy’s assessment that the opening keynote, presented by Anne-Marie Dietering, was one of the best... more

Amanda at NCLA-College and University Section Conference

On Friday, December 5th I had to opportunity to present at the NCLA College and University Section Conference in Charlotte, NC. The conference took place at the UNC-Charlotte City Center Campus which is where UNC-Charlotte hosts its MBA program. It’s pretty fancy, check it out: UNC-Charlotte City Center Building (Credit: Confession: I’m not a... more

Joy, Kyle, and Amanda at The Innovative Library Classroom Conference

(McConnell Library at Radford University) On Tuesday, May 23th, Kyle, Joy, and Amanda had the opportunity to attend the first ever Innovative Library Classroom Conference at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. We joined 75 other instruction librarians interested in new, creative ways to teach information literacy. May is a conference-heavy month for instruction librarians, so... more

Amanda at LOEX 2014

Joy and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the LOEX conference in the beautiful city of Grand Rapids, Michigan with 375 other librarians. This was my second LOEX, and again I am impressed with what a great conference this is and how much it has given me to think about. Some takeaways from the... more

Amanda at SCLA/SELA 2013

Earlier this week, I co-presented with a former colleague at the South Carolina Library Association/Southeastern Library Association joint conference in Greenville, South Carolina. My presentation was late in the day, so I had the opportunity to sit in on several interesting and relevant presentations. Keynote Speaker ALA President-Elect Courtney Young: To open the conference, Young... more