Building a Balanced Portfolio: Investing in TAs and Other Contingent Faculty

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This presentation explores approaches for collaborating with course instructors to move beyond the one-shot workshop, using library engagement with first year writing at a large university as a case study. With increasing enrollment, growing instruction requests, and high instructor turnover, integration with core and first year courses often tests the scalability of our information literacy programs and the energy of our library teaching teams. To address these concerns, our team has developed a portfolio of experimental teaching options, including flipped classes, drop-in studios, integration with departmental training, and a teaching toolkit. With these new models, we step beyond what we traditionally think of as the library classroom, build on partnerships with teaching assistants, and bring balance to our program. Participants will leave this session with sample strategies for thinking creatively about instructional roles in order to scale and reenergize their programs.