Written by on February 13, 2017

Kennedy Library hosts UCLA librarians, sharing strategies for emerging literacies

On Feb. 1, 2017, Kennedy Library hosted three librarians from UCLA’s Powell Library, who spent the day learning more about how and why we’re changing the ways we teach information literacy. Colleagues from both libraries shared their experiences, goals and strategies for equipping students with the skills they need for the current information environment.

“Information literacy can no longer merely be applied to traditional textual resources like journal articles and books, but must be consciously enlisted in engagement with data, visual and multimedia sources,” said Brett Bodemer, Kennedy Library’s Coordinator of the Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Hub.

Powell Library has a robust peer learning program, partially modeled after Kennedy Library’s LibRAT program, that actively supports new forms of information literacy, also known as emerging literacies, at the undergraduate level. With these aims in mind, Danielle Salomon, Interim Head of Powell Library; Joanna Chem Chan, Lead for Emerging Literacies; and Annie Pho, Librarian for Peer Services and Public Programming, explored Kennedy Library’s peer-to-peer learning programs.

The guests dropped in on a LibRAT-led instruction session, met with several LibRATs and a DataRAT, and engaged in lengthy informal discussions with several of our key experts: Kaila Bussert, Foundational Experiences Librarian; Russ White, Data and GIS specialist; and Brett Bodemer.

Our UCLA colleagues left Cal Poly with the promise to continue engaging in collaboration with us, as both institutions try to advance relevant librarianship in our changing information ecosystem.

Learn more about Kennedy Library’s commitment to peer-to-peer learning.

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