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activities
conference and professional presentations/workshops

Bell, C., & Barker, N. (2011, June). Instructional skills for Central Valley Academic of Music, Abbotsford, BC.

Bell, C. (2010, August). Instructional skills for Port Moody Public Library, Port Moody, BC.

Bell, C. (2010, June). What kind of animal are you? Inserting the unexpected to enhance learning. Workshop presented to librarians at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.

Bell, C. (2010, April). What kind of animal are you? Inserting the unexpected to enhance learning. Program presented for the British Columbia Library Conference, Penticton, BC.

Do your learners giggle and chortle in your classes? Does an excited buzz take over when you give them a task to do? Do they fight over which of the prepared questions they're going to ask during your library tour (and do they share these questions with their friends in other classes)? Do they react with surprise and secret delight to your online tutorial? Gaining your learners' attention can be challenging – everything from texting and Facebook to multiple academic and personal priorities are taking up valuable space in your learners' heads at any given moment. Sometimes the most effective teaching tool is the element of surprise – inserting the unexpected, thereby allowing you to gain or regain attention, if only for long enough to make your next point. In this session you'll be introduced to a number of ways to not only gain attention, but also generate buzz, excitement and interest among your learners.

Bell, C., Curtis, A., & Wong, J. (2010, April). Librarians learning to teach: Community, play and best practices. Program presented for the British Columbia Library Conference, Penticton, BC.

How do we learn to teach? Few librarians have access to formal coursework in library school that can aid in developing a theoretical framework for teaching, and particularly for teaching in the contexts we do. Rather, most of us rely on formal and informal networks or communities, stories about our experiences, and experimentation and reflection. Fortunately, librarians tend to be very generous and willing to share, but librarians are also very busy individuals, and sometimes find it hard to carve out the time, or to find colleagues who can carve out the time, to play, share and help each other along our path to becoming experienced teachers. The presenters for this session have each spent time reflecting on what it means to be both a librarian and a teacher, and on how we learn to teach, and they will share several ideas and strategies for developing as a teacher, creating community within the workplace, and seeking out ideas and best practices beyond the workplace.

Bell, C. (2009, April). Information literacy and cognitive science: What can we apply from the science of learning? Program presented for the British Columbia Library Conference, Burnaby, BC.

Cognitive science is the study of thinking and learning. In information literacy, one of our goals is to help our students develop mental models of the research process that will enable them to navigate an increasingly complex and diverse information environment, to be appropriately selective and inclusive in their use of information sources, and to employ efficient and effective strategies in their search for information within a variety of contexts. Cognitive science can help us achieve this goal. Learn about the theory – ideas such as the "7 plus or minus 2" rule, the relationship between working (short term) memory and long term memory, and the transfer of knowledge and skills to new contexts – and gain some practical strategies for use in the classroom, drawn directly from cognitive science. [E-LIS]

Bell, C. (2008, December). The library tutorial: A brief, illustrative history. Program presented at the Academic Librarians in Public Service December meeting, Vancouver, BC.

Bell, C., Bury, S., & Mgwigwi, T. (2008, May). When the time comes, will you be ready? Strategies and tools to build a framework for information literacy and assessment. Workshop presented at the Workshop on Instruction in Library Use, Kelowna, BC.

Bell, C. (2008, April). Building a framework for information literacy: Putting theory into practice. Program presented at the British Columbia Library Association Conference, Richmond, BC.

Bell, C. (2004, June). First hook all the librarians... with sincere apologies to Shakespeare. Program presented at the Workshop on Instruction in Library Use, Victoria, BC.

Walter, S., Bell, C., Elmborg, J., King, A., & Manuel, K. (2004, January). Information literacy across the curriculum: Collaboration, coordination and course development. Workshop presented at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, San Diego, CA. [invited]

Walter, S., Bell, C., Elmborg, J., King, A., Kutner, L., & Manuel, K. (2003, April). Information literacy across the curriculum. Pre-conference workshop presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries 11th National Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Benedicto, J., & Bell, C. (2002, April). "NewBreed Librarian:" Creating and sustaining your own e-zine. Program presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon Library Association, Portland, OR. [invited]

Benedicto, J., & Bell, C. (2001, June). NewBreed Librarian. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Library Association, San Francisco, CA.

Bell, C., & Rockwell-Kincanon, J. (2001, April). Abiding by standards: Incorporating tha ACRL information literacy standards into your classroom. Program presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon Library Association, Seaside, OR.

Bell, C. (2000, November). Introducing the information literacy competency standards for higher education. Workshop provided for the Oregon Library Association's Library Instruction Round Table, Monmouth, OR.

Bell, C. (2000, July). The "Contours of Cyberspace:" An adventure in web-based education. Poster session presented at the annual program of the Science and Technology Section, Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association, Chicago, IL. [invited]

Bell, C. (2000, February). The "Contours of Cyberspace:" An adventure in web-based education. Paper presented at Online Northwest, Portland, OR.

Bell, C., & Goodhart, A. (1999, August). The other side of the 49th. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Library Association, Calgary, AB. [invited]

Bell, C., & Benedicto, J. (1998, June). The companion course: A pilot project to teach discipline-specific library research skills at the University of Oregon. Paper presented at LOEX-of-the-West, Cedar City, UT.

Bell, C., McCannell, S., & Williams, M. (1998, April). Communicating your message: Inexpensive and low-tech methods for librarians. Presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon Library Association, Eugene, OR.

Bell, C. (1998, February). Dr. Content and Mr. Pizzazz: Or, designing the perfect web site. Workshop presented at Online Northwest, Portland, OR.

Bell, C., Fenno-Smith, K., Madsen, L., & Parise, P. (1997, August). Partnering with teaching faculty in library intensive courses. In C. Bell (Moderator), Library instruction: New models and new directions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Library Association, Seattle, WA.

Bell, C., & Lambert, L. (1996, August). Giving blood: Transfusing life into library instruction. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Library Association, Fairbanks, AK.

Bell, C. (1995, August). A guide to teaching the Internet. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Library Association, Whistler, BC.

Bell, C., Helmer, J. F., & Oberg, L. (1995, January). Introduction to Orbis. Presented at Online Northwest, Eugene, OR. [invited]

Bell, C., & Sampson, G. (1995, January). The wonderful world of web, or how to become a rest stop on the information highway. Workshop presented at Online Northwest, Eugene, OR.

Bell, C. (1994, August). The new basics: The Internet for library and information professionals. Workshop presented for the Continuing Education Program, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. [invited]

Bell, C., & de Stricker, U. (1993, November). The Internet: What is it? What is it to you?. Workshop presented for the Continuing Education Program, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. [invited]

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