Introduction to Critical Library Pedagogy

Tuesday, 11/10/2015
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

What is critical pedagogy and why might we want to incorporate it within library instruction? This webcast will investigate critical pedagogical approaches for library instruction with the greater goal of improving our teaching, how students feel about using the library (affect), and the image of the librarian. As we strive to make our teaching, our libraries, and our campuses as inclusive as we can, there is still a lot of work to be done. Critical library instruction, situated within critical pedagogy, examines power and privilege in the classroom and beyond. Through this webcast, participants will begin to situate this praxis for their own roles as librarian educators.


Learning Outcomes

From attending this webcast, participants will be able to...

  • Summarize the basic assumptions and praxis (theory into practice) of critical library pedagogy
  • Differentiate between critical library instruction and active learning or critical thinking
  • Begin to locate where critical pedagogy already exists or could fit in their own classrooms/online learning objects

Who Should Attend

Instruction and information literacy librarians, academic librarians, and others interested in the topic


Nicole Pagowsky, Research & Learning Librarian and Instruction Coordinator, University of Arizona     
Kelly McElroy, Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian, Oregon State University



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the Webcast title on ALA's webcast registration page (linked above).
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Registrants will receive your Webcast access information one business day before the live Webcast

Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the archived webcast recording.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat.  You will be prompted to download a java-based application before being able to enter the classroom.  Adobe works on both PC and Macintosh platforms.


If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need to make arrangements for special assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (