Transforming Information Literacy Instruction through the Lens of Our Instructional Identities: A Three-Part Webinar Series

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Thursday, November 2 | Thursday, November 9 | Thursday, November 16, 2023

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Central
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Mountain
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific

Librarians across academic institutions grapple with their instructional roles and responsibilities – sometimes alone, or in haphazard ways, or through trial-and-error. Are there better, more effective ways to approach our educational engagement with learners as well as our identities as teachers? This webinar series proposes integrating transformative learning theory – a way to understand how adults learn – and librarians’ concrete experiences into our educational engagement approaches. Based on the three volumes of Instructional Identities and Information Literacy, each webinar will explore how we can meaningfully advance how we think about our instructional work, learning as transformation, and our identities as educators.

Webinar One: Instructional Identities - Transforming Ourselves 
Thursday, November 2, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Central
In the first webinar, we’ll focus on transforming ourselves. Anna Boutin-Cooper will discuss how her work with antiracist pedagogy has transformed her critical feminist pedagogical perspective. Sheila García Mazari and Maya Hobscheid will explore how their work with trauma-informed approaches in library instruction can impact how teaching librarians see their work – and themselves. And Rachel Dineen and her colleagues will share how building a professional learning community of information literacy educators helped them to transform together.

Webinar Two: Instructional Identities - Transforming Our Programs, Institutions, and Profession 
Thursday, November 9, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Central 
In the second webinar, we’ll focus on transforming our programs, institution, and profession. At the programmatic level, Erika Montenegro and Cynthia Oroczo’s practices in deconstructing and challenging scholarly communications with learners and faculty helps to build a case for the ACRL Framework in community college libraries. Emily Metcalf and her colleagues will take a more institution-wide view in their discussion of how they scaffolded digital information literacy throughout the undergraduate curriculum in new and transformative ways. And Lia Friedman and Torie Quiñonez will use their identities as reluctant professionals in the academy to consider and challenge what teaching, learning, and transformation can look like for librarianship as a profession.

Webinar Three: Transforming Student Learning and Information Seeking 
Thursday, November 16, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Central 
And in our third webinar, we’ll focus on transforming students’ learning and information seeking experiences. Kimberly Mullins will explore how instruction librarians can help first-year learners to deal with the messy sense-making required in today’s information ecosystem. Iris Finkel will share a discipline-grounded approach for how librarians can use role-playing assignments to confront challenging (and often charged) concepts, particularly in history instruction. And Mandi Goodsett will present ways that librarians might use bias-reducing information institutions to counter learners’ denialism and impact their foundational information-seeking dispositions.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of these webcasts, participants will be able to:

  • explain how the core concepts of transformative learning theory can help us to understand librarians’ teaching identity development
  • connect at least one idea with their existing instructional practices or teaching identity development
  • identify at least one idea that they can apply to address teaching identity development in their own professional context

Target Audience

Instruction librarians, library instruction coordinators, graduate students, MLIS graduate educators, library administrators, library staff


Pricing is listed to the right on this page. To register, use the register button to checkout. You can register a group by specifying the number of people who will be accessing the webcast during checkout. If you are an ACRL member, you can purchase seats for yourself and your colleagues at the ACRL discount rate.

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10+If you are registering 10 or more individuals for a webcast, please email for special discounted pricing. 

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webinars will be recorded and the link to the recording shared shortly after the live events,


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