Inclusive Teaching Guide: Best Practices for Library Staff
Effective teaching is a dynamic, not static, process. Whether you have years of experience or are just beginning to teach, there is always room to expand your repertoire, explore a new approach, or reflect on an aspect of your practice.
Central Piedmont Library Inclusive Teaching Definition
Central Piedmont Community College library staff are dedicated to supporting a wide-range of learning and inquiry to engage all disciplines in order to identify the needs and influence the experience of the whole student.
Pre-Instruction Preparation Best Practices
Incorporate reflection into planning & follow-up
Guided worksheet that includes inclusive considerations for class preparation
Prepare for the worst case scenario and what you can do to address it
Ask instructor about class dynamics and accommodations
Are there special accommodations for students?
Incorporate universal design, for example:
LibGuides are visually accessible, responsive, download/size for loading
Size for reading, alt text
Visual AND textual explanations
Captioning on videos
Utilize diverse examples
Using inclusive examples for catalog and database searching
Acknowledging problematic examples
Introducing critical questions about authority, exclusion
Using databases that focus on D&I
Pulling in primary/special collections/archives for unique examples
Time Use Strategies
“Here’s what we didn’t cover”/these are the most important things handout or tab
Flip the classroom
Recognize and acknowledge student expertise and experience
What do you find challenging about the library?
What confuses you?
What is working for you?
Could do a survey ahead of class
Could do an anonymous card and redistribute in class to read aloud
Connect to the why
Utilizing active learning
Students in control
Students bringing their own experiences
Think Pair Share
Notecards for remaining questions, concerns
Providing content (worksheets, presentations) to instructor or class to share afterwards
LibGuides with more information and for follow-up
Using student’s names
Ask the person to introduce themselves every time they speak
Use the time before class when folks are first entering to introduce yourself
Try using name tents if time allows
Acknowledge your experiences and positions
Putting information in LMS/LibGuides/Email signatures etc.