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Lydia Johnson

Lydia Johnson

Library Faculty, Collection Development,
South Mountain Community Library 
Office:  L255
Education: Master's of Library Science. University of Arizona
                    Bachelor of Arts in Education. Arizona State University

Teaching Philosophy:  

Librarians are the standard bearers for information literacy.  According to the American Library Association this is defined as “a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” 

In the classroom and in the library, it is my mission as teacher librarian to prepare students in this information age, to critically evaluate information and resources and to apply these skills in all contexts of their life, whether they are writing an informative essay or purchasing an automobile. 

I believe that an engaged and creative teaching process can be successful through a variety of venues and platforms.  Besides the classroom, I interact with students on the library service desk, with face to face appointments, via the ASK “chat service,” through Libguides, tutorials, and even chance encounters on campus. I feel that as primary collection librarian for the college, my selection of print materials is also a major factor in the teaching process, providing support for the information needs of faculty, staff and students. 

The classroom environment should be positive and energized.  An atmosphere of trust should be established where students feel free to ask questions and can be confident that different learning styles are acknowledged and recognized.  In order to create such an environment I try to utilize a variety of learning tools, such as interactive worksheets, demonstrations, Power Points, YouTube videos, and I’ve even sung in classes to facilitate learning. 

It is important to pursue continuing education and training in order to improve and maintain teaching skills. I have been a librarian for over thirty years; but I consider myself always a “student,” and learn from assessments, both informal and formal, from colleagues, and of course the students themselves. 

There is no greater reward than passing one’s knowledge and skills to our students. As librarians sometimes we often only have one or two class periods with students and still we can make a difference.   

I recently taught an information literacy session, and was gratified by the instructor’s comment, “I could tell the difference in the quality of sources that the students used after her presentation.” This is my mission, this is my goal!

As teacher librarian I am committed to enabling our students to achieve success by providing them with the support needed to develop information literacy skills, become lifelong learners and critical practitioners of the research process.