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Confidence-zappers and how to handle them

Abstract:

This chapter highlights a number of challenging situations that can cause teaching librarians to doubt their self-efficacy and drain their confidence. Each challenge is described and analysed and solutions are suggested to help librarians deal with the difficulties they may experience, both in their day-to-day teaching work and from an overall strategic or organisational perspective. The challenges regularly faced by teaching librarians include poor student attendance at elective sessions, trying to facilitate active learning with large classes, low student motivation and poor engagement, trying to find effective ways of using a VLE to support learning activities, dealing with adult learners, ...

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