In January, Temple Libraries welcomed new Instruction Librarian and Team Leader, Caitlin Shanley. Caitlin is the Libraries’ primary coordinator for library instruction for the First Year Writing program and library liaison to Women’s Studies, Asian Studies, and American Studies. She will also provide staff development, training and assessment for the Libraries’ overall instruction program.
Caitlin comes to us most recently from the University of Pennsylvania Libraries where she was the Educational Technology Librarian at the Weigle Information Commons. Prior to that she served as the Instructional Design and Technology Librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she led initiatives related to instructional technologies in the library. Of note is her work on UTC’s redesign of first-year English composition instruction, and her role as co-creator of a zombie video game to complement library orientation tours which won the Association of College and Research Libraries President’s Program Innovation Award.
Caitlin is an active member in the Philadelphia community. She volunteers for Girls Rock Philly (GRP), a volunteer-based non-profit organization that empowers girls and young women through music education. Last year Caitlin served as a camp counselor and band manager during GRP’s week-long summer camp where girls ages 9-17 learned to play instruments and to compose and perform an original song. Since joining GRP Caitlin has developed a personal interest in music; she’s currently learning to play the bass guitar.
When she is not learning new songs on the bass or thinking about information literacy, she’s most likely hanging out with her two furry friends Maisie and Miss Mandible.
Caitlin holds a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.