Toward a Pedagogical Framework for Integrating Experiential Learning Into Preparation for Data Librarianship Roles


  • Yunfei Du University of North Texas
  • Brady Lund



Practicum, scaffolding, data librarianship, experiential learning, practicum, pedagogical framework


This paper proposes a pedagogical framework for integrating experiential learning into the preparation for data librarianship. The framework is centered around practicum experiences and utilizes principles of the learner-centered paradigm in educational practice. Experience learning theory serves as a cornerstone of the framework, with students contextualizing their experiences within a broader understanding of trends in the librarianship profession. The proposed framework emphasizes the importance of practicums as a deep and critical learning experience for developing competent and compassionate information professionals. It addresses the need for a data-savvy workforce in libraries, including the adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and augmented, virtual, and mixed reality experiences. Through this approach, students can develop the practical skills and critical thinking abilities required for success in the modern, rapidly evolving library environment, promoting principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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