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Exceptional Teaching

The Z Smith Reynolds Library’s core instructional service is a credit-based information literacy class. In addition, many librarians teach library instruction sessions and do technology training. With such an emphasis on the classroom, librarians know the benefit of developing support for library instructors to help them teach more effectively. They have done this in a number of ways including designing a template course complete with content for new instructors to use, pairing experienced library instructors with new, and providing formal and information opportunities for sharing instructional techniques.

The most effective project was a structured year-long weekly “Teaching Teaching” course where the Instructional Design and Information Literacy librarians taught other library instructors about pedagogy and instructional design. These sessions came from an interest, willingness, and even enthusiasm for the initiative. This program changed the instructors, making them more confident, experimental, and skilled in incorporating active learning into their classes. From this, Wake Forest students have experienced better instruction and are more engaged in our classrooms. The librarians have had training to provide exceptional teaching and promote student engagement within our academic community.