Instruction is a growing responsibility of academic health sciences librarians, but we rarely have the time, space, and community to take our ideas and notes from the previous year, combine it with the literature, and brainstorm with colleagues. This grant will fund a much-needed opportunity for librarians doing instruction in health sciences, at academic institutions to step away from their day-to-day responsibilities and instead work on instruction-based projects that have built up over the year and intentionally focus on refining their pedagogy. Participants will be able to immediate start integrating the work they do at the retreat into their instruction practice. Our vision is for a highly interactive, self-directed retreat in which participants individually decide how to divide their time between learning about and working on specific aspects of their instruction practice including learning outcomes, beta-testing new learning activities, mapping curriculum, discussing pedagogy, and exploring instruction statistics. We will also provide access to pedagogy-focused learning materials and peer experts who can offer refresher/introductions on these topics and most importantly, the mental space to focus.
MCPHS, Boston - Henrietta DeBenedictis Library