What librarians think: teaching and learning in the real world


This chapter presents findings from a qualitative survey of 38 Irish academic teaching librarians, which aimed to explore their personal experiences of teaching, their conceptions of ‘teacher identity’, the challenges they face in their work, as well as their motivation and the aspects of teaching they find most rewarding. The aim of the chapter is to offer a snapshot of the ‘real world’ of teaching librarians in practice, and to gain an understanding of how they negotiate this aspect of their professional identity. The librarians’ responses revealed several recurring themes that will be familiar to teaching librarians from all around the world.

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