Photo by Jay Ericson, Norwich University

Photo by Jay Ericson, Norwich University

Meredith Farkas is the General Education Instruction Coordinator at Portland State University where she coordinates instruction for Freshman and Sophomores as well as underserved populations. She is engaged in building and assessing new approaches to instruction as well as building online tutorials and learning tools to support online and face-to-face courses. She was previous the Head of Instructional Initiatives at Norwich University where she transformed library instruction into a vibrant, collaborative, embedded, and active-learning based program. Meredith is also a lecturer at San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science where she teaches courses on social media in libraries. For her teaching, she was honored in 2008 and 2011 with the WISE Excellence in Online Education Award. She is the author of the book Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication and Community Online (2007), the first book on applying social media in libraries, and writes the monthly column “Technology in Practice” for American Libraries. She frequently publishes and speaks internationally on topics related to her research. Meredith’s research interests include online pedagogy and instructional design; the impact of social media on research, teaching and learning; mobile technologies in learning; building a culture of assessment in libraries; the research habits and needs of returning students; and organizational cultures that support innovation. Over the past two years, she has received over $20,000 in grants for assessment work, research on returning student research needs, and the creation of learning objects to support library instruction. She is the author of the popular blog Information Want to be Free where she writes about trends in the profession and her own professional experiences. Meredith is also the founder and manager of Library Succes: A Best Practices Wiki, which is a major professional knowledge base that has collected information from thousands of librarians. For her efforts to improve professional knowledge-sharing, she was honored as a 2006 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and with the LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.

Meredith’s CV provides more detail on her accomplishments at work and in the profession.

 

Short Bio:

Meredith Farkas is the General Education Instruction Coordinator at Portland State University and a lecturer at San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science. She is the author of the book “Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication and Community Online” (Information Today, 2007) and writes the monthly column “Technology in Practice” for American Libraries. Meredith was honored in 2008 and 2011 with the WISE Excellence in Online Education Award and in 2009 with the LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.

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