Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Teaching in a Tea House" Published

Proceedings of the 35th National LOEX Library Instruction Conference, San Diego, CA, May 3-5, 2007, have been published. The Conference title was: "Uncharted Waters: Tapping the Depths of Our Community to Enhance Learning." Esther Grassian (UCLA), Catherine Haras (CSULA) and Billy Pashaie (East Los Angeles College--now at Cypress College) presented "Teaching in a Tea House" at that conference. Their presentation offered an analysis of the LILi informal survey of information literacy instruction at California libraries of all types. You can find detailed survey results on the LILi web site. The title of their presentation came from the University of Southern California's (USC) survey. Librarians at USC teach information literacy in a tea house on their campus.

There are many other interesting conference papers in these proceedings, including "A Community Without Walls: Testing the Waters," by Lydia Jackson and Julia Hansen at Southern Illinois University's Edwardsville campus. Jackson and Hansen describe their extensive outreach efforts to high school librarians in their area.

Brad Sietz, LOEX Director, and the 2007 LOEX Conference Planning Committee (including Amy Wallace, a long-time LILi member), deserve much credit for producing such a valuable conference and well-edited volume.

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