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Wednesday, May 6 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Why is My Heart Beating So Fast? Librarian Experiences with Teaching Anxiety

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Many librarians are expected to teach as part of their role and sometimes these teaching roles can accompany a great deal of anxiety. We received over 1,000 responses to a survey exploring the extent and causes of teaching anxiety. The results show that teaching anxiety is not relegated to those who didn't plan to teach; librarians experience a range of symptoms. It is widespread and can be a struggle that remains throughout a librarian's career. By better understanding the depth and causes of teaching anxiety, we can help librarians mitigate teaching anxiety and build supports for stronger teaching foundations.

Participants will:
  • Learn the results of a large survey exploring the experiences, impact and potential causes of teaching anxiety on librarians.
  • Engage in conversations about the structures that prevent us from solving teaching anxiety and the ways in which anxiety and its consequences play out uniquely for librarians.
  • Respond to potential solutions to help solve a serious and persistent issue in the field of library instruction.

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Kacy Lundstrom

Head, Learning & Engagement Services, Utah State University
Kacy Lundstrom is the programming co-chair for Library Instruction West 2016 and the Library Instruction Coordinator at Utah State University.
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Britt Fagerheim

Librarian, Utah State University

Wednesday May 6, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT