Trial by Fire, Boot Camps and Brown Bags: How Do We Learn to Teach?

By Rajen Munoo

Remember teaching your first instruction class? What worked and what bombed? How much preparation time did it take you? What was the student’s reaction? Did you get any help? Very often, librarians are required to teach with little or no formal training and this can cause a lot of anxiety and stress. In this paper, the author will share different continuing professional development (CPD) activities such as team teaching, boot camps and brown bags to help new librarians teaching instruction and information literacy classes. Should instruction librarians have teaching qualifications as our educator roles become more pronounced? What are some of the future skills for instruction librarians?