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Your Name and Title: Bria Sinnott, Arts & Communication Librarian  

Library, School, or Organization Name: Albert S. Cook Library, Towson University 

Co-Presenter Name: Elisabeth White, Science, Technology & Mathematics Librarian 

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Baltimore, MD 

Language in Which You Will Present: English 

Target Audience: Academic Librarians, Teaching Librarians, Library Science Students, Early Career Librarians, Paraprofessionals, and Library Support Staff  

Short Session Description: What does “Radical Transparency” look like in the library classroom? 

Full Session Description 

Radical transparency is a business concept promoting full disclosure and honest presence that when done right, can create a culture of trust between decision-makers and the public. This intentional practice can also be translated to the classroom. What does this look like and how will it support our field and our students? In this session, we will review the idea of radical transparency in the classroom and discuss strategies for applying it to information literacy instruction. This includes pulling back the curtain for students to see the commonly invisible work of an academic library, leaning into vulnerability and allowing students to have authority in the classroom. Not only will this practice strengthen student to librarian relationships, but it can be connected to the ACRL framework in meaningful ways.

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Thanks to all who attended and contributed! Our slides (including list or further reading) are linked below!

Presentation Slides - Radical Transparency in the Lib Classroom - 3/10


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