Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction

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Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction. By Maria T. Accardi. Sacramento: Library Juice Press, 2013. 148 p. Paper $22 (ISBN 978-1-936117-55-0).

With Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction, librarian Maria T. Accardi gives the reader an interesting, innovative, and practical look at the intersection between library instruction and feminist pedagogy. Accardi directs the book towards instruction librarians interested in more progressive and theoretical approaches to library instruction in the academic setting. Feminism is defined in the text, and Accardi highlights her own personal stories about her life and her journey to both feminism and librarianship. This approach gives the reader a sense of what brought Accardi to study and write about this subject and why she feels it is an important addition to the field. She also provides information about feminist pedagogy in academia in general, giving a good overview of feminist pedagogy and what it means to be a "feminist teacher." Although those who already share her progressive views may be more open to this way of teaching, any reader will gain knowledge of this important area of academic pedagogy, which focuses more on supportive interaction and less on passive learning. The author explains that, in many ways, library instruction has already recently embraced elements of feminist pedagogy: "library instruction favors active learning, a nurturing environment, and learner-centered pedagogy" (57). However, according to Accardi, turning to more explicitly progressive politics in the library instruction classroom creates a more feminist classroom and a path towards social change. …

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