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2014 Opening Session "The Case of the Missing Librarians" with Esther Grassian

Esther Grassian The 2014 Opening Session featured Esther Grassian. Ms. Grassian's "The Case of the Missing Librarians" will include discussions and policymaking about current hot topics, like the Common Core Standards, privacy issues and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) often take place without us. Why? Librarians are on the front lines in many types of libraries, and are highly experienced with information access, user confidentiality, and teaching and learning. But, we seem to be invisible when it comes to developing major issues of national and international importance, including new policies and programs in education and national security. How can we jumpstart new thinking about librarians, and our expertise regarding all of these issues? Solving this mystery could lead to respect for ourselves, respect for our profession, and most important, respect for the rights and lifelong learning needs of the general population.


Esther Grassian received an MLS in 1969 from the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She retired from the UCLA College Library in June 2011 after 41 years serving in a variety of reference, instruction and management positions, including Reference/Instruction Librarian, Electronic Services Coordinator, Instruction Coordinator, Interim Head of College Library, and Information Literacy Librarian. She was awarded Librarian of the Year in 1995 by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles Division, and in 1998, was granted Distinguished Librarian status by the UCLA Library.


Her publications include the ACRL Instruction Section’s 2004 award-winning Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Practice (2001; second edition 2009), as well as Learning to Lead and Manage Information Literacy Instruction (2005), and the “Information Literacy Instruction” article in the 3d edition of The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (2010), all co-authored with Joan R. Kaplowitz. She also wrote Thinking Critically About World Wide Web Resources (1995) and Thinking Critically About Web 2.0 & Beyond (2006). In addition, she created Teach Information Literacy & Critical Thinking! , a site which includes many of her exercises, handouts and slideshows, all freely downloadable under a Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Ms. Grassian has also done a number of presentations and workshops, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, including the keynote for the 2010 Georgia Conference on Information Literacy.

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