Teaching in librarianship – to teach or not to teach? Is there a place for it, or is librarianship all about teaching and learning?
Having completed the GTA or Graduate Teaching Associate programme I realise how much teaching is involved not only in my day to day job, but also with metadata and information retrieval systems. The GTA and LTHE 300 form a 20 point level 3 pathway towards the next level – the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. The LTHE 300 is a short intensive course encompassing formative and summative assessment; a teaching observation and discussion complemented by a 5000 word portfolio of evidence of the participants experience with learning outcomes. It provides an opportunity to apply teaching to your personal role, reflect critically on practice and improve effectiveness.
So, here I am standing at the precipice, wondering if the LTHE 300 is for me? Surely as a Metadata Administrator in the library it seems rather off the beaten track. But I do have a nagging voice at the back of my head somewhere saying “go ahead, its all relevant and will help to improve your leadership skills, and ability to focus on details”. Accreditation will provide me with words after my name: Associate of the Higher Education Academy. And I do so unashamedly like letters/words after my name!