Photograph of Robert Monge

Western Oregon University

E-mail: monger@wou.edu
Phone: (503) 838-8887

Librarianship at its core is about information and access. It comes down to a simple question: How do we connect people with the information they need in order to understand, create, and change the world? The answer is complex and requires a variety and skills and responsibilities.

It is easy in today’s information rich world for a person to be overwhelmed with the possibilities, usefulness, and validity of what they find. It is the responsibility of the librarian to help people understand the contextual, social, and technological situation as part of a sophisticated process for interpreting, integrating, and sharing information.

As an Instruction Librarian, my main goal is to help students navigate this complex world of information.

I believe in contextualized learning. Abstract ideas and technical skills must be meaningful and relevant to the learner and presented in a way that makes connections with both prior knowledge and real world application.

Applied learning theory must be utilized in instructional design. I seek student-centered approaches that encourage students to be an active participant in the learning process. This includes modeling desired behavior, hands on-learning, small group work, guided discovery, reflection, giving control of the learning process to students, creating safe learning environments, and presenting material in multiple formats.

I think Library instruction must also be accessible to students with different learning styles and students with a disability (disability equaling a learner difference and not a separate category of student). Accessibility must be part of the original design and implantation of all library instruction.

Finally, library instruction must never become static. There must be a constant exploration and reinvention of materials and methods.