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The Politics of Pedagogy: Expectations and Reality for Information Literacy in Librarianship: Rebecca Albrecht, Sara Baron

Librarians are no longer keepers of information, but teachers of information. The ways librarians learn to teach, their educational paths to the profession, and current employer expectations are significant aspects of an ongoing national dialogue on information literacy. For over 15 years, our profession has discussed information literacy in terms of how we can actively teach our students research skills. However, given the constraints of tighter budgets, staffing challenges, and dicey scheduling issues, this requires the deft talents of a trained instructor. Often, librarians have little time to make an impact. Using the right teaching technique at the right time is critical. Traditional faculty members have an entire semester to guide their students, while librarians may have only an hour or two. Our objective is to illustrate the importance of instruction and information literacy skills in academic libraries on several fronts: market needs, literacy standards, and graduate preparation for meeting the needs and standards from the employer’s perspective (as expressed in advertisements), and from the employee’s perspective (as manifest in survey responses).