By Amanda Kaufman

Inside ZSR

ZSR @ LOEX 2021

From May 11th-14th, 2021, several members of the ZSR Research and Instruction team virtually attended LOEX 2021. While we missed attending in person, the program this year was very strong and there were several great sessions that we wanted to share with you: Keynote (Joy) This year’s LOEX Conference was originally planned to take place... more

Amanda @ WikiCon

This past weekend I attended WikiConference North America in Boston, Massachusetts. (Yes! A Wiki Conference!) The conference mostly took place at the MIT Stata Center. Attendees seemed to be an eclectic mix of longtime Wikipedians (volunteers), folks who work for Wikipedia, academics, librarians, and other GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) partners. Perhaps the first thing... more

Amanda at the Lilly Conference

Earlier this week, Joy and I rode up to Asheville, NC to attend the Lilly Conference. To be honest, there isn’t always a lot of content related to teaching credit courses at library conferences, so it was a nice change of pace to attend a conference dedicated to college and university teaching within that context. ... more

Amanda at ACRL

This was my first ever ACRL, and it was one to remember. Mostly because it was also my first conference with a baby and three year old in tow, but also because I was a part of two presentations. More on that later. What I Learned I was really impressed by the quality of the... more

Mary Beth, Tanya, Lauren, and Amanda at MIMA

Maximizing Inclusivity and Minimizing Apathy (MIMA) @ WFU On Thursday, June 28th and Friday, June 29th attended Wake Forest’s 2nd Biennial institute on Maximizing Inclusivity and Minimizing Apathy (MIMA). This is a two-day long workshop put on by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. While the previous MIMA institute was geared towards faculty and developing... more

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