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A Successful Semester

I suppose it goes without saying that the Fall semester is our busiest time of year in terms of the number of information literacy (IL) classes that we offer.  I’m not necessarily sure why that is, because the need for IL instruction is just as great in the spring as it is in the fall.  I’m sure it has something to do with all of those fresh-faced first year students that show up in September, just waiting to learn.  The summer also gives faculty a little more time to prepare, I guess.

Like a lot of libraries, we count just about everything that we can for assessment purposes and the number for our Fall 2010 IL classes are in.  We taught 112, which translates to 132 hours of teaching (most classes run for an hour, but some run more – others less).  I wasn’t really surprised to see those numbers.  They are pretty close to average for us (4 Reference Librarians plus our supervisor who teaches a small handful of classes) when compared to the last couple of years.

However, I was surprised to see that I taught 36 of those 112 classes (42 of the 132 teaching hours).  That’s 32% of the classes we taught.  People who know me will tell you that I’m not one to toot my own horn too much, but I will say that I was quite proud of my accomplishment.  It came at a price, though.  Just about all of my time was spent scheduling, preparing for, and teaching classes last semester.  A lot of ongoing projects got set aside, but I have been able to catch up on things during the holiday break – just in time to gear up for the spring semester, which starts in just a few days.


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