Advocating for students through encouragement: Communication on a human level

Toccara D. Porter


Don’t give up.” “You’ve got this!” The manner in which we communicate with students is not always measurable when assessing a librarian’s performance. Nevertheless, honesty and encouragement factor into how I communicate with students during library instruction. This essay details an approach that I have used in eight years of teaching information literacy sessions to advocate for and talk with students on a human level.

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