DLF Forum 2023: Get to Know DLF’s Digital Library Pedagogy Group

This post is part of a series authored by DLF’s working group leaders to acquaint you with their work, and how you can get involved, leading up to the 2023 DLF Forum.

Though the annual Forum is DLF’s signature event, our working groups collaborate year round. DLF’s working groups organize across institutional and geographical boundaries to collaborate and get stuff done. Working group participation is open to anyone interested in getting involved, regardless of whether or not you work or study at a DLF member organization

Attending the 2023 DLF Forum and interested in pedagogy? Don’t miss sessions Tu09 (Advancing Digital Teaching and Learning) and W03 (Brains & Bytes: Teaching, Learning, and Research with AI in Higher Education)

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DLFTeach Overview

Hello! The Digital Library Pedagogy Working Group (nicknamed DLFTeach) “empower[s] digital library practitioners to see themselves as teachers and equip[s] teaching librarians to engage learners in how digital library technologies shape our knowledge infrastructure.”

DLFTeach Team: Alex Wermer-Colan, co-facilitator, Temple University Kayla Abner, co-facilitator, U of Delaware Hillary Richardson, Chat Coordinator, Miss. U for Women Ashley Peterson, Toolkit v4 Editor, UCLA Alexandra Solodkaya, Toolkit v4 Editor, UCLA Mackenzie Salisbury, Toolkit v4 Editor, School of the Art Institute Chicago

DLF Forum 2023

While we have no official program at the conference, co-facilitator Kayla Abner will be attending. Reach out to her at kabner@udel.edu if you’d like to ask questions about the group or grab coffee!

Ways to Participate in #DLFTeach

  • Join our Google Group to stay in contact with other DLFTeach members and hear calls for participation. 
  • Participate in a Slack chat
  • Contribute to a toolkit – more info below

DLFTeach Toolkits

We publish toolkits for digital library pedagogy that include lesson plans and learning objects for integrating digital technologies like VR, text analysis, mapping, and more into library instruction. We have published three volumes and are working on a fourth. 

Call for Reviewers – Volume 4

The call for proposals for Volume 4 of the #DLFTeach Toolkit, focused on lesson plans for critical digital literacy, has recently closed. Peer reviewers will be needed! Keep an eye out for a call on the mailing list in early winter 2024.

Stay tuned for publication of this toolkit, expected next fall 2024. 

Contribute to a Future Toolkit

Editors: We are always recruiting editors to keep the toolkit publications going. Editors select a theme for the volume (if applicable), manage the CFP and review process, and publish the toolkit. Editors will gain experience with both the editorial process and the workings of DLFTeach. 

Authors: Authors create the content that goes into the toolkit. They provide lesson plans, slides, related datasets, and information and tips on how to integrate a lesson in multiple contexts. Keep an eye out for these calls on the Google Group! You can view past toolkits and materials online as well. 

#DLFTeach Chats

Formerly Twitter Chats, #DLFTeach chats are a way to consult with colleagues on current issues of teaching with digital tools and methods. Conversations have ranged from evaluating digital scholarship projects in the classroom, to teaching with accessibility in mind, to managing instructor workloads. Topics for chats are suggested by participants, and conversations are archived. 

As of 2023, #DLFTeach Chats have moved to Slack, where the conversation will stay active for the month, and participants can have ongoing conversations in a monitored channel. 

Join the Slack to participate in chats anytime. 


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