September 29 2017

NELIG Fall 2017 Meeting

All Day

Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

Critical Pedagogy & Information Literacy: Exploring the Intersection

What exactly is Critical Pedagogy? Am I supposed to be using it in my class visits and research consultations? How have instruction librarians and learning centers been successful with critical pedagogy? What are the opportunities and challenges of embracing this approach? Join the conversation on Critical Pedagogy & Information Literacy at our Fall Meeting.


The handout includes a bibliography of resources suggested by the presenter and panelists.

Program Agenda

Registration & Refreshments 9 - 9:30AM
Welcome & Introduction 9:30 - 9:45AM
Presentation 9:45 - 10:15AM
Break 10:15 - 10:30AM
Panel 10:30 - 11:30AM
Business Meeting 11:30 - Noon


Presentation: Critical Pedagogy 101

Shanti Freudlich, Online & Educational Technology Librarian, MCPHS University

Shanti Freundlich is the Online and Educational Technology Librarian at MCPHS University in Boston, Massachusetts, and an adjunct instructor at the Simmons SLIS program. Her previous librarian-ing work includes Simmons College and the New England College of Optometry. Shanti is an alumna of ACRL Immersion and the AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service, and is the current Secretary-Elect for NELIG. Her approaches to teaching, learning, and librarianship are rooted in her childhood as a third-culture kid and the knowledge that libraries and information are not neutral. Shanti uses she/her/hers pronouns, and can be found sporadically tweeting at @this_shanti.

Panel: A moderated discussion of the intersection between critical pedagogy and information literacy

Caren Baldwin-DiMeo, Director of the Student Learning Collaborative, Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire
Caren has directed the learning center at Colby-Sawyer for eight years. Two years ago, after gathering input from a variety of constituencies, the center was renamed the “Student Learning Collaborative” to better reflect the critical pedagogy in place there. At Colby-Sawyer, she also regularly teaches first-year composition, a course in which information literacy is taught as inextricably connected to writing and thinking. Her work in the center and in the classroom is informed by a well-established collaboration with the library. She holds a BA in history from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College.

Sam Quiñon, Interim Assistant Director and Head Research & Instruction Librarian, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
A Cuban-American raised in Miami, Florida, Sam's personal pedagogy and praxis are rooted in the time she spent as a bilingual special education teacher in the New Mexico public schools. She specializes in creating engaging eLearning experiences and views accessibility and usability as a social justice issues within information literacy education.

Sofia Leung, Teaching and Learning Program Manager & Liaison Librarian to the Comparative Media Studies/Writing program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Sofia Leung (she, her) is the Teaching and Learning Program Manager and Liaison Librarian to the department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sofia is on the editorial board of the open access, open peer reviewed journal, In the Library With The Lead Pipe. She was the 2016 recipient of the Association of Research Libraries Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship on the theme of “Libraries and Archives as Agents of Social Justice." Sofia was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, graduated from Barnard College, and holds Master's degrees in Library and Information Science and Public Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Miriam Neptune, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Smith College, Northampton, MA
Miriam Neptune is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Smith College.  Miriam holds a BA from Pomona College in Media Studies and Black Studies, an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU, and and MLS from St. John's University.  In addition to her work as a librarian, she is also a documentary filmmaker.