Teaching and Learning for Librarians

By Meg Westbury and Kirstie Preest This post discusses a pilot 10-month course for Cambridge library staff called Teaching and Learning for Librarians that started in September 2019 and aims to strengthen librarians’ core pedagogical practices. (Earlier posts on this blog discuss development of the course and when it opened for registration.) Librarians and pedagogy. … Continue reading Teaching and Learning for Librarians

Using the Minute Paper as a Classroom Assessment Technique

By Clare Trowell Alison Hicks’ presented at the CILN Forum and one of the assessment ideas she mentioned was using minute papers. I thought this sounded like a great idea for assessing students in large groups. A minute paper is a short and informal writing assessment which typically occurs at the end of the lecture. … Continue reading Using the Minute Paper as a Classroom Assessment Technique

Teaching with CamGuides for Undergraduates

This week I had the enormous privilege and great fun of working with the most magnificent group of Sutton Trust students. 26 of them, in Year 12, from a variety of schools, and all really keen on studying English Literature at Cambridge or universities like it. I wanted to use CamGuides for Undergraduates in the … Continue reading Teaching with CamGuides for Undergraduates

Registration for Teaching and Learning for Librarians Now Open

Teaching Skills Peer Support Course (Summer 2016). Photo by Kirstie Preest. Following our announcement about Teaching and Learning for Librarians in April, we are pleased to announce that registration for Cambridge library staff is now open! The course will be 9 months and will focus on enhancing teaching practices, developing a personal philosophy of teaching … Continue reading Registration for Teaching and Learning for Librarians Now Open

Do fish ride bicycles? Reflections on the recent CILN workshops

Library staff from across the network met on 15th May for an update on current work, as well as a sneak preview of the brand new Undergraduate version of CamGuides, to be launched this summer. Workshops then looked at measuring the impact of UG CamGuides, developing a Critical Reading workshop, trialing a draft ‘lesson plan’ … Continue reading Do fish ride bicycles? Reflections on the recent CILN workshops

Literacy lessons from LILAC

Literacy Lessons from LILAC by Claire Sewell LILAC is a firm fixture on the information conference calendar and an event that many of us at Cambridge aspire to attend at least once in our careers. Focusing on information literacy and teaching, the event has grown to become the premier information literacy event across a range … Continue reading Literacy lessons from LILAC

Snippets from our LILAC diaries

The Cambridge contingent at LILAC was HUGE this year – we had fun, we talked, we ate lots of cake and we learnt one or two things as well. Impressions of LILAC from attendees ranged widely: The profoundly situated, contextual and iterative nature of information literacy. Also how embodied the process is, posing interesting challenges … Continue reading Snippets from our LILAC diaries