Colleen Bell

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Research Interests

  • Library assessment
  • Library instruction


I have been a librarian at UFV since 2005. Prior to that, I held positions as Library Instruction Coordinator at the University of Oregon (1996-2005) and as Systems Librarian at Eastern Oregon University (1994-1996). I also served as a librarian at a private high school and at an astrophysical observatory, both in Canada.

Most of my teaching at UFV is course-related instruction, offering workshops and seminars focused on research skills and ways of thinking in the current information landscape to students in the context of a course or program they are taking. In these workshops, I try to provide an authentic experience to students as they work to develop information competency, one of UFV's 9 Institutional Learning Outcomes. Working with their assignments, and their topics, and using a combination of "thinking aloud" and guided student participation, I aim to expose students to the techniques, problem-solving strategies, and ways of thinking that experienced researchers use when conducting secondary research. I rely on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to identify key knowledge, skills and dispositions displayed by information competent individuals.

I also develop online guides and learning materials to support student learning.

At previous institutions I have taught several credit courses related to information competency and was instrumental in developing an online learning presence for that institution. Additionally, I have held two appointments as adjunct faculty, teaching courses at the graduate level:

University of Oregon, Applied Information Management (Master's degree)
Electronic Information & Research (required, online), 2004-2010

University of British Columbia, iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies)
Instructional Role of the Librarian, 2009-2010
Scripting Languages for Information Professionals: Introduction to PHP, 2011-2015
Library Automation and Systems, 2012-2017

I also have a strong interest in working with faculty to develop students' information competency, in the content of specific assignments as well as across the curriculum.

Finally, I am a facilitator for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), a 3.5-day workshop that allows faculty to focus on developing their teaching skills through the delivery of mini-lessons and participant feedback. I have been facilitating workshops at UFV and in the community since 2008.

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