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Earlham Libraries Information Literacy: A Legacy of Excellence

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A Legacy of Excellence

The Earlham Libraries strive to extend a legacy of excellence in instruction, building on the work of decades of dedicated staff and two illustrious leaders. Evan Ira Farber was head librarian from 1962 to 1994, "becoming his profession's most articulate spokesman for college librarianship and bibliographic instruction" (Werking p. v). Thomas G. Kirk, Jr. directed the libraries from 1994 to 2009 and was the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year in 2004. Under Kirk's leadership, Earlham won the 2001 Excellence in Academic Libraries college category award for "almost 40 years of excellence in contributions to student learning; in partnering with faculty; and in the transformation of the educational program of Earlham College. Earlham College librarians have made significant contributions to the college, to regional associations, to ACRL and ALA, and to the development of library instruction and information literacy programs across the nation" (ALA News Release).

Recent instruction-related publications and presentations from Earlham librarians include but are not limited to:

* N. Baker., J.I. Pareja, and Green, J. "LIFT: A library instructional technology program for first-generation students." Poster Session, Educause 2018, Denver, Colorado, USA, October 2018. 

* N. Baker. “Mission Critical: Information Literacy Reframed as a University Equality and Diversity Initiative.” LILAC 2018, University of Liverpool, UK, April 2018.

* L. Leavitt and N. Baker. “Writing Center + Library = Digital Writing Interdisciplinary Faculty Development.” Poster Session. Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference. Bucknell University. October 2017.

* P. Albright, J. Green, B. Washington-Lacey, and N. Baker. “First-Generation, Continuing Generation…. All Generations: Improving Support for Endurance and Success.” HEDS Annual Conference. Cincinnati, OH, June 2017.

* N. Baker and J. Pinzino. “A Reserved Table for First-Generation Students” in Raymond Pun and Meggan [sic] Houlihan, eds. The First-Year Experience Cookbook. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2017: 59-60.

* N. Baker and N. Taylor. "Measuring the ‘Excellence’ of Librarianship at Earlham College" in Jacob Hill and Susan Swords Steffen, eds. Excellence in the Stacks: Strategies, Practices and Reflections of Award-Winning Libraries. Cambridge, UK: Woodhead, 2013: 1-14.

* N. Baker. “Film Studies” in Patrick Ragains, ed. Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population, Second Edition. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2013: 145-154.

* N. Baker.  “The Pedagogy of Gaming.” Panel Speaker. Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference. Philadelphia, PA, April 2011.

* N. Baker and A. Stahl. “Prêt-à-Porter Technology: Rebooting the Earlham College Study Abroad Program à la française.” Poster Session. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting. Austin, TX, January 2010.

* N Baker. “Improving on Excellence: Looking Beyond Information Literacy to 21st-Century Educational Paradigms and Virtual Worlds.” Panel Speaker. Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference. Seattle, WA, March 2009.

* N. Baker and T. G. Kirk, Jr.  “Merged Service Outcomes at Earlham College." Reference Services Review 35.3 (Summer 2007): 379-387.

* N. Baker and T. G. Kirk, Jr. " “Emergence / Emergency? The Earlham Libraries and the First-Year Experience” in Larry Hardesty, ed. The Role of the Library in the First College Year. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 2007: 229-233. 

* Bogue, Mary, Barbara Albee, and Lisa Dick. “Unlocking the mysteries of Technical Services.” ILF Annual Conference, Indiana Library Federation, 14 Nov. 2017, Marriott East, Indianapolis, IN. Conference presentation.

* Bryant, Amy and Mary Bogue. “Showcasing campus creativity to form meaningful library aesthetics.” ACRL 2017. Association of College and Research Libraries. Baltimore. 23 March 2017. Poster presentation.

*Fribley, Karla. "Skip Faculty Workshops--Host a Spa Day Instead." Poster presentation. Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference. Cleveland, OH. April 2019.

*Fribley, Karla. "Enhancing Course Design with Massages: Faculty Development as a Spa Day." Poster Session. Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching. Oxford, OH. October 2018.

*Fribley, Karla. "Using the ADDIE Process to Design Two Discrete Models of Faculty Programming." Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians, edited by Brandon West et al. ACRL Publishing, 2017.

*Fribley, Karla. "How Would You Use It? Designing a Library Workshop to Engage Young Writers in Their Field." Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets: Case Studies, edited by Carol Smallwood and Vera Gubnitskaia. McFarland, 2017.

*Fribley, Karla. "Promoting Moodle with Massages: Running a Spa-themed Faculty Training." Presentation. MoodleMoot USA Annual Conference. Miami, FL. November 2017.

* T. Nagosawa. "Customized Learning Support Services in Order to Build Collaboration between Faculty Members and Librarians in Education: Based on a Case Study of Earlham College." Journal of Japan Society of Library and Information Science 58.4 (December 2012): 185-201.

* T Nagosawa. "Librarians' Approaches to Building Nodal Points in Order to Build Collaboration between Faculty Members and Librarians in Education: Based on a Case Study of Earlham College." Journal of Japan Society of Library and Information Science 58.1 (March 2012): 18-34.

* T Nagosawa. "A Case Study on Learning and Teaching Support Provided by Earlham College Library." Library and Information Science 57 (2007): 33-50. 

Works Cited 

* ALA News Release. "ACRL Selects 'Excellence in Academic Libraries' Winners." February 2001. 

* Richard Hume Werking. "The Library as an Instrument of Education: Appreciating Evan Farber" in Farber, Evan I, David C. D. Gansz, Richard H. Werking, Lynn S. Cochrane, and Pyke J. Johnson. College Libraries and the Teaching/learning Process: Selections from the Writings of Evan Ira Farber. Richmond, Indiana: Earlham College Press, 2007.

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