“Rule number one: Don’t fuck with librarians.” – Neil Gaiman
The Rule Number One blog was started by two librarians who share a common interest in information literacy instructional pedagogy. Our goal is to share a creative space where we can explore our occasional thoughts about educational theory and its application to information literacy instruction, the library profession, and … whatever.
Who We Are:
Our book Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Principles and Practice will be available Summer 2017 from ALA Editions. You can pre-order the book from the ALA Store or from Amazon.
Our article “How Do Our Students Learn? An Outline of a Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction” was published in Reference & User Services Quarterly. The article was named a “Top Twenty” Article of 2015 by LIRT – ALA’s Library Instruction Round table. Here is a video of a webinar of us presenting on this topic for EasyBib’s Professional Development Series. We also presented on the topic “Communicating the Value of Information Literacy” in the same series. You can view a video of the presentation on YouTube.
Our article “Education Training for Instruction Librarians: A Shared Perspective,” is available in Communications in Information Literacy.
We are available for presentations on information literacy and also for training consultations with your department or library on learner-centered pedagogical practices. Please contact us using the information below if you’re interested.
Dani Brecher Cook:
I received my MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2013. I also hold an A.B. in English Literature from the University of Chicago, and worked in the publishing industry before attending library school. I now live and work in Southern California, where I work as an academic librarian in instruction, research services, and technology. My interests include instructional design, the judicious use of instructional technology, and learner-centered teaching.
My team was recognized with the LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award in 2015 for our work with visual curriculum mapping.
It’s conference season, and you can catch me at the following places:
ACRL (March 22-25, Baltimore): “Evolving Evidence-Based Practice: The ACRL Information Literacy Framework in Action” Roundtable with Natalie Tagge
Digital Initiatives Symposium (May 2, University of San Diego): “The Undergraduate as Public Scholar: Digital Scholarship and Information Literacy” with Jessica Davila Greene and Allegra Swift
CCLI (May 5, University of San Francisco): “Information Has Value: A View from Three Institutions” with Jessica Davila Greene and Allegra Swift
ACRL IS Preconference (June 23, Chicago, IL) “Social Justice in Praxis: Teaching “Information Has Value” through the Scholarly Communication Lens” with Alexandra Chappell, Jessica Davila Greene, and Allegra Swift
Kevin Michael Klipfel:
I received my M.A. in philosophy from Virginia Tech in 2007 and was an instructor of philosophy, teaching moral, political, and existential philosophy for several years before going to library school. I graduated in May 2013 with my M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. where my master’s paper, on student engagement and information literacy, was awarded the “Dean’s Achievement Award” for the Best Master’s Paper of 2013 in the School of Information & Library Science. I am interested in applying research in educational psychology, critical thinking, and humanistic and existential psychotherapy to learner-centered information literacy instruction. I live and work in Los Angeles.
Some of my work:
My article “Authenticity and Learning: Implications for Reference Librarianship and Information Literacy Instruction,” was published in the January 2015 issue of College & Research Libraries.
My article “Authentic Engagement: Assessing the Effects of Authenticity on Student Engagement and Information Literacy in Academic Library Instruction,” is available from Reference Services Review.
My chapter on “Thinking about Meaning: How to Be a Philosophical Librarian” was recently published in the volume Skills to Make a Librarian: Transferable Skills Inside and Outside the Library.
Selected Presentations: “Authentic Engagement: A Humanistic-Existential Approach to Learner-Centered Pedagogy” at the 8th Annual Conference for Humanistic Psychology (American Psychological Association Division 32) (March 26-29), Chicago, Illinois.
(with Alex Carroll) on the topic, “Librarians as Action Researchers: A Practical Framework for Evidence-Based Information Literacy Instruction” at the 2015 LOEX conference (April 30-May 2), Denver, Co.
I am also a monthly contributor to Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics. Here are a few of those pieces: “The Existential Significance of Carolina Basketball” ; “Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation“; “Morrissey as Existential Hero; “”Heavenly Beauty: The Street Photography of Michelle Rick.”
Here’s some media coverage of my work on student engagement and information literacy education.
You can contact Kevin at kevin dot michael dot klipfel at gmail dot com or on Twitter @K_M_Klipfel
The opinions expressed on this blog solely represent the opinions of the authors (who else’s would they be?!) (and not even necessarily both of them).