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Final Call for Participation: Survey on Library Instruction and Critical Thinking Activism in a Post-Truth World

(via Laureen Cantwell, Colorado Mesa University)

This is the final call to participate in a survey on library instruction and critical thinking activism in a post-truth world. More details, including the link to the survey, are below.

Note: We ask a few things about institution, job role, etc. – we do not ask any identifying info, and all participants will have a unique ID established by Qualtrics. Participation is estimated to take 10-30 minutes depending on how deeply you choose to answer the qualitative questions.

The Purpose of this Survey

This October (2021), a graphic novel version of Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny (2017) will be published. On reading an advance copy of the graphic novel, the researchers got to thinking about Victor Klemperer’s Language of the Third Reich (1957) and his argument that “truth dies in four modes”, and whether information literacy (IL) instruction (or other literacy-focused instructional efforts) approach any of these modes and, if so…how?

The Intended Audience for this Survey

Academic librarians involved in information literacy instruction, including those in leadership/administration positions. You do not need faculty status, deep fluency with the ACRL Framework, accessible here (or with Klemperer’s work), or a role teaching a credit-bearing information literacy course to participate. Just a position in an academic library where you teach information literacy-focused content as part of your job.

Please access the survey here.

About the Survey Authors

Laureen P. Cantwell (laureenc@buffalo.edu), MSLIS, is the Head of Access Services & Outreach at Colorado Mesa University’s Tomlinson Library. Laureen is currently pursuing a PhD in Information Science from University at Buffalo, SUNY. She co-edited Memphis Noir (Akashic Books, 2015) and Finding Your Seat at the Table (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022), and has published book chapters and articles on topics ranging from librarians on IRBs to MOOCs to curbside pickup services, from chat reference to library printing to digital badging, and more.

Heather F. Ball (hfball2@buffalo.edu), MLitt and MLS, is the Critical Pedagogy Librarian for Student Success and Assistant Professor at St. John’s University. She is also currently an Information Science doctoral student at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her research interests and publications span qualitative and quantitative data analysis, assessment measures, information literacy instruction, digitization and encoding of historical manuscripts, Geoffrey of Monmouth, and twelfth-century Britain.

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