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Monday, October 26 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Starting with 'Yes, And...': Collaborative Instructional Design in Digital Scholarship

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The recent expansion of many libraries' digital scholarship initiatives means a number of digital librarians, repository managers, and technology staff now find themselves responsible for supporting instruction and scholarly services across entire institutions, even as collections and instruction librarians are called upon to integrate advanced technology instruction into their own classroom repertoire. Both groups are often asked to serve as experts for areas on which they have had very little training, and these siloed approaches to digital scholarship initiatives can ultimately disserve our researchers and students. Supportive collaboration between technological experts and scholars is key to successfully designing instructional programming for digital scholarship. This kind of collaboration is inherently locally attuned, cross-disciplinary, and messy. The parts are moving, the people aren't the same, and the content is always changing. The idea that instruction can be reified or even repurposed in this area is fundamentally false. Flexibility, openness and change are guaranteed to be the only constants.

Improv principles and techniques are applicable in any instance of teaching: respect your partner, know your audience, work the room, jump in with both feet, agree agree agree. These techniques take for granted that this form of instruction and collaboration is new for both partners, that neither person is the expert, and that the content and situations will have to be recreated anew in every classroom and workshop.

In this workshop, two librarians and former improv and theater instructors will lead workshop attendees through some of the fundamentals of improv, and reflect upon how these same activities and principles help create an environment of collaboration and openness necessary to support the diverse goals of digital scholarship. Session attendees will leave with creative ideas for digital scholarship instruction and collaboration, and new techniques for working with the many partners involved in advancing digital scholarship.

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Kate Dohe

Digital Services Librarian, Georgetown University
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Erin Pappas

University of Virginia, University of Virginia
Area studies, non-Roman scripts, pedagogy, out-of-the box tools for undergrads, outreach, cheese curds and the general awesomeness of the Midwest.

Monday October 26, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon F Pinnacle Hotel

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