Reedbrarians: Advocacy, Activism, and the Future of Access
An interactive presentation and discussion for members of the Reed and library communities
Wednesday, October 24,  2012, 4:30 PM, Psychology 105
Reception and light refreshments following the event

Please join us as we host Reed graduate, librarian, and info-anthropologist, Char Booth '01, for a presentation and discussion on research and student scholarship, the culture of libraries, and the ever-changing landscape of information dissemination.  Char will share her own thesis experience and explain how it shaped her explorations into educational communication and our need to adapt and advocate for libraries to remain relevant vibrant centers of future scholarship.

"When dissemination is part of the pedagogical process, it can build transformative learner insight into what it means to participate in a community of practice. Writing for a wider audience at the undergraduate level is a springboard for the cultivation of a student’s voice, interests, and expertise, and can expand the meaning of an assignment beyond a graded exercise."   Char Booth - info-mational

Char Booth ’01 is the Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian at the Claremont Colleges Library and also serves on the faculty for the Information Literacy Immersion program, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries.  Her pedagogical explorations into library culture focus on the integration of instructional design, technology, and assessment.  The influence of her Reed education shines through in her work as she delves deeply and reflects critically on library issues that have traditionally been given surface treatment. She also uses her personal thesis experience to inform her work with students and faculty on the undergraduate research process. 

Char has authored two books and several articles, detailing her research and prescription for libraries' progressive dissemination of information, including how librarians can connect patrons’ needs, effectively harness technology, and reflect on the collective educational exchange.  She virtually propagates such philosophies at info-mational, her blog “on technology, media literacy, and librarians who t-c-b.”