Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, Volume Two: Lesson Plans—eEditions PDF e-book

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Critical pedagogy incorporates inclusive and reflective teaching for aims of social justice; it provides mechanisms for students to evaluate their social, political, and economic standing, and to question societal norms and how these norms perpetuate societal injustices. Teaching librarians have long incorporated social justice into their work, but focused interest in critical library pedagogy has grown rapidly in recent years.

In two volumes, the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook works to make critical pedagogy more accessible for library educators, examining both theory and practice to help the busy practitioner explore various aspects of teaching for social justice.

Volume Two, Lesson Plans, provides plans covering everything from small activities to multi-session projects. Critical pedagogy requires collaborating with learners and adapting to their needs, as well as continual reflection, but these lessons provide elements you can pull and tweak to fit your own environment. These chapters also provide 30 different views on creating and delivering critically designed information literacy instruction and reflect material commonly requested by faculty—including introductions to databases, evaluating information sources, and the research cycle.

These two volumes provide a collection of ideas, best practices, and plans that contribute to the richness of what it means to do this type of work in libraries. The Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook will help you build personal teaching skills and identity, cultivate local community, and document your journey as a critical practitioner.

Safiya Umoja Noble


Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy

Chapter 1. Mapping Power and Privilege in Scholarly Conversations
Lauren Wallis

Chapter 2. Moving Students to the Center through Collaborative Documents in the Classroom
Maura A. Smale and Stephen Francoeur

Chapter 3. Deconstructing Gender in Financial Literacy
Fobazi M. Ettarh

Chapter 4. Question Authority and Be an Authority: The Future Belongs to Us
Romel Espinel

Chapter 5. Podcasting as Pedagogy
Nora Almeida

Chapter 6. Speaking Up: Using Feminist Pedagogy to Raise Critical Questions in the Information Literacy Classroom
Sharon Ladenson

Chapter 7. Authority and Source Evaluation in the Critical Library Classroom
Eamon Tewell and Katelyn Angell

Chapter 8. Critical Pedagogy and the Information Cycle: A Practical Application
Gina Schlesselman-Tarango and Frances Suderman

Chapter 9. Critical Engagement with Numbers and Images
Christine Photinos

Chapter 10. Critical Consciousness and Search: An Introductory Visualization
Sarah Polkinghorne

Chapter 11. Googling Google: Search Engines as Market Actors in Library Instruction
Jacob Berg

Chapter 12. Zines as Primary Sources
Kelly Wooten
Chapter 13. Teaching with Riot Grrrl: An Active Learning Session at the Intersections of Authenticity and Social Justice
Amy Gilgan

Chapter 14. Using Pop Culture, Feminist Pedagogy, and Current Events to Help Students Explore Multiple Sides of an Argument
Dory Cochran

Chapter 15. Zines in the Classroom: Critical Librarianship and Participatory Collections
Robin Potter and Alycia Sellie

Chapter 16. Where Should These Books Go?
Haruko Yamauchi

Chapter 17. Questioning Health Sciences Authority
Xan Goodman

Chapter 18. Critical Pedagogy for Business and Management Undergraduates: Evaluation of Marketing Information
Ilana Stonebraker, Caitlan Maxwell, and Jessica Jerrit

Chapter 19. Teaching with Data: Visualization and Information as a Critical Process
Andrew Battista and Jill Conte

Chapter 20. From Traditional to Critical: Highlighting Issues of Injustice and Discrimination through Primary Sources
Alan Carbery and Sean Leahy

Chapter 21. My Primary Sources: Using Student Personal History as a Gateway to Historical Context
Margaret Browndorf

Chapter 22. Historical Newspapers and Critical Thinking: A Lesson Plan
Gina Levitan

Chapter 23. Thinking through Visualizations: Critical Data Literacy Using Remittances
Erin Pappas, Celia Emmelhainz, and Maura Seale

Chapter 24. Critically Reflective Final Exercise
Angela Pashia

Chapter 25. Fresh Techniques: Hip Hop and Library Research
Dave Ellenwood and Alyssa Berger

Chapter 26. Social Justify Your Lesson Plan: How to Use Social Media to Make Pop Culture Scholarly
Lydia Willoughby and Kelly Blanchat

Chapter 27. Zotero: A Tool for Constructionist Learning in Critical Information Literacy
Joshua F. Beatty

Chapter 28. Ten-Minute Brainstorm in a First-Year English One-Off
Jenna Freedman

Chapter 29. How to Get to the Library from Here, There, and Everywhere!
Jolanda-Pieta (Joey) van Arnhem

Chapter 30. Incorporating Critically Conscious Assessment into a Large-Scale Information Literacy Program
Rachel Gammons

About the Authors

Nicole Pagowsky

Nicole Pagowsky is an Associate Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at the University of Arizona Libraries. She earned graduate degrees in LIS and Instructional Design from the University of Arizona. She teaches the ALA eCourse Instructional Design Essentials, and LIS 581 Information Literacy Pedagogy. Her research interests include critical approaches to pedagogy and instructional design, student motivation, and programmatic information literacy.

Kelly McElroy

Kelly McElroy is the Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries and Press. She received her MLIS and Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia. She organizes with her communities as a coordinator of the annual Zine Pavilion at ALA Annual, a moderator of the #critlib chats on Twitter, and a founding member of her local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ).