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USF Libraries' Professional Development Guide

Welcome to the USF Libraries' Professional Development guide. This guide is intended to help you discover some of the many learning opportunities offered at USF, statewide, and nationally.

Online Courses

Data Literacy for Librarians - The Research Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is widely known for its flagship data service FRED®. An integral part of our work facilitating access to data is building capacity among consumers to use data effectively and accurately. Our Library Services and Economic Education teams have developed an online professional development program on data literacy for librarians. This program focuses on seven foundational data literacy competencies and uses FRED® data to provide opportunities for hands-on learning. Each competency in the program is matched to a digital badge issued by Credly. Librarians successfully completing individual modules will receive, at no cost, Credly badges certifying their achievement. After completing all seven individual modules, librarians will receive a digital micro-credential on data literacy.

A Practical Guide to Implementing UDL in Libraries (April 18-May 6, 2022): Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been around for some time and many librarians have heard of it. Yet, it remains challenging for librarians to implement UDL, as much of the available literature is focused on classroom faculty and often does not match our needs. It is one thing to understand the theory of UDL and have a desire to try it, but to move from theory to practice, librarians also need to have a tool kit of actual concrete techniques that will work in a library setting. The aim of this course is to do just that—provide specific UDL strategies that librarians can implement.

Critical Information Literacy Instruction in an Age of Misinformation (May 2-27, 2022): This four-week course will consider what information literacy instruction can be in a world increasingly beset by misinformation and disinformation, with a particular focus on ways to take a more holistic approach to information literacy instruction by integrating critical information literacy, metaliteracy, and mindfulness into our pedagogical work. Critical information literacy, with its focus on the context in which information is produced and disseminated, metaliteracy, with its focus on empowering individuals to consider their own unique role in an information ecosystem, and mindfulness, with its focus on self-reflection and self-awareness, can all be incredibly powerful ways to gain a deeper understanding into how misinformation functions.


Design Thinking for Change Management and Leadership in Libraries (March 29, 2022): The COVID 19 pandemic brought about a period of rapid change for academic libraries. Moving forward, academic libraries will need to adapt their services to meet their users' new needs in a post-pandemic academic environment. This presentation will explore how to utilize design thinking methodology for managing and leading in academic librarianship within a rapidly changing landscape.

Online library instruction: Best practices for live synchronous teaching (April 12, 2022): Synchronous online library instruction -- classes delivered live via Zoom, Webex, or other conferencing platforms -- have become much more common in the past year, but most of us never learned in library school how to approach this teaching format. This session will help your live online classes become a little less nerve-wracking: learn how to take advantage of the live online classroom environment, discuss some advantages and limitations compared to the in-person classroom, and how to make the most of your time with students.

Ethnic Studies in Academic and Research Libraries Part One: Liaison Work (April 13, 2022): During this interactive three-part webcast series, authors and editors of ACRL’s Ethnic Studies in Academic and Research Libraries will provide a platform for enhanced discussion around Ethnic Studies and librarianship. During Part One, panelists will discuss what and how liaison work with these departments began and how it continues, the challenges of working with Ethnic Studies, and what each librarian should know or do to enhance these relationships.

Ethnic Studies in Academic and Research Libraries Part Two: Collections (April 20, 2022): Part Two will highlight key ideas that were a part of the panelists' collections decisions and will define how these collections decisions are key to Ethnic Studies work, rather than DEI work.

Ethnic Studies in Academic and Research Libraries Part Three: Positionality and Collaborations (April 27, 2022): In the final discussion, panelists will focus on how their positionality may impact their Ethnic Studies collaborations.