As an Instruction Librarian, I coordinate library instruction for English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and teach library research workshops for English 015 (ENGL 015): Rhetoric and Composition, ESL 015: Composition for American Academic Communication, and other foundational classes. I offer individual consultations and customized workshops on library research and citation management tools such as Zotero and EndNote. My research interests are diversity and inclusion in libraries, library services for international students and other special populations, and accessibility for library users with disabilities.
As an Information Literacy Librarian and the instruction coordinator, I coordinate library instruction curriculum development and assessment for foundational level instruction, particularly for first-year composition and speech courses. I teach instruction sessions for many first-year courses, including ENGL 015 and Communication Arts and Sciences 100 (CAS 100). I participate in the leadership team for the Libraries Open House, and enjoy helping with a number of other student engagement programs. In addition, I am a founding member and team leader for the University Libraries Instruction Community of Practice. I teach the online course Liberal Arts 201W (LA 201W): Experiential Learning Portfolio, and I am the selector for the University Park Leisure Reading collection.
As a Learning Design Librarian, I lead the integration of online library resources in Canvas, Penn State's learning management system. I also create and cultivate learning objects, by providing production assistance to library faculty and staff, and through the development of inclusion standards that establish consistency and accessibility in our instructional videos and websites. I also teach two research methods credit courses: Library Studies 83S (LST 83S): The Twenty-First Century Researcher and LST 301H: Information Research Methods and Systems, and present workshops for foundational learning courses including ENGL 015, CAS 100, ENGL 137H: Rhetoric and Civic Life I, and ENGL 202A: Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences. My research interests focus on online tutorial accessibility, concept-based teaching in the library classroom, and the library's place in digital learning environments.
As the Student Engagement and Outreach Librarian, I serve as a liaison to our non-academic units on campus (such as Residence Life, our Penn State Reads Program, undergraduate research), collaborate with our campus libraries to support their outreach and engagement initiatives, and work with our student employees and interns in the library to ensure their work is meaningful and impactful. I also help support and coordinate outreach events, provide instruction to primarily ENG 15 students, and help oversee our Peer Research Consultants who provide peer-to-peer reference support in our library. My research interests revolve around student engagement, reference services, community building, student employment in the library, and digital and information literacy.
I am the Coordinator of Outreach for Library Learning Services. I plan, coordinate, and provide several events such as orientations, resource fairs, library tours, and more. Some of the larger projects in which I am involved include the Libraries’ Open House, DeStress Fest, New Student Orientation library activities, the Leisure Reading collection and programs, and the Penn State Human Library.
As a Librarian-in-Residence, I collaborate with Special Collections to develop programmatic learning outcomes that equip students with the skills they need to identify, retrieve, and interpret primary source materials. I also lead library instruction sessions for ENGL 015 and ESL 015 classes. My research interests include the history and arts of the book, digital cultures, and access to higher education, particularly the experiences of first generation college students.
As the Open Education Librarian, I provide support to faculty, instructional designers, and librarians to support the creation, adaption, or adoption of open and affordable course content across Penn State campuses. In addition, I work to set the strategic direction for open and affordable course content initiatives throughout University Libraries. My research interests include the integration of Open Educational Resources (OER) into course content, Open Pedagogy, and affordable content initiatives.
I provide instruction on library research techniques to classes in the Departments of English and CAS, and for the English as a Second Language and the Intensive English Communication programs. I also select the Leisure Viewing collection, and I serve as an advisor to selectors in the field of graphic novels & comics.
I am the head of Library Learning Services. In this role, I work with all Library Learning Services’ staff, the Penn State Libraries' Instruction Steering Committee, and all library colleagues involved in teaching and learning in order to strategically integrate information literacy into courses, curricula, learning experiences, and learning spaces at Penn State. My recent works and current research interests revolve around library leadership, professional training for instruction librarians, and design thinking.
As the Administrative Assistant for Library Learning Services, I manage the library instruction rooms and coordinate library instruction sessions as well as organize meetings and events for groups outside the libraries. In addition, I collaborate with our Libraries' Outreach Coordinator on major library events such as the Open House and DeStress Fest.
As the Online Learning Librarian and an affiliate member of Library Learning Services, I coordinate and direct strategic outreach for World Campus courses. This includes integrating instruction, services, and resources into courses through collaboration with subject librarians, learning designers, and instructors to develop online library learning activities. I offer research consultations to World Campus students and regularly conduct student engagement and outreach events. My research interests are emerging technologies such as digital badges, library integration in an online course environment, the experiences of online students using the library, embedded librarianship, and systemic change.
As an Information Literacy Librarian and the Learning Technologies Coordinator for the department, I enjoy providing instruction, reference, and outreach services to undergraduate students, while exploring and introducing instructional technologies. I coordinate instruction for Penn State’s CAS 100 courses and I also have leadership roles in the Libraries' Open House, our Accessibility Committee, and a strategic group exploring new delivery models for instruction. My research interests include: pedagogical innovation and effective learning methodologies, the application of emerging technologies to library services, digital badges and micro-credentialing, and learning spaces. From 2012-2015, I was selected to hold the Sally W. Kalin Early Career Librarianship for Learning Innovations and in 2014, I was selected to be a Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Fellow at Penn State, where my fellowship focused on digital badges.
Amy Cooper White
I work for the department as a Learning Services and Curriculum Design Librarian. In this capacity, I design and teach customized information literacy workshops for a variety of undergraduate courses, create and collate instructional materials, and serve as the liaison to the Rhetoric and Composition program in the Department of English. My professional interests include curriculum development, librarian-course instructor relationships, writing pedagogy, information literacy pedagogy, and working with international students.