Welcome! So glad you are here!
Hello and welcome! My name is Rachel M. Slough, and I am a librarian, teacher, and Spanish interpreter and tutor. Outside of work, I love dancing (particularly Latin dance!), volunteering with middle and high school students, trying new recipes, and playing electric or acoustic violin.
I received my BA in Hispanic Studies and English with a minor in music from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2007, earning Research Honors for my paper "Las Sendas del desencanto: Los Mares del Sur de Manuel Vazquez Montalban. In 2008, I spent a year teaching English through a Fulbright teaching grant at the Universidad de la Santísima Concepción in Concepción, Chile. In 2010, I graduated from Indiana University with my Masters in Library Science (MLS) as a two-year merit scholar.
Research in progress
I'm working now to better tailor library instruction to supporting the development of critical thinking within varying academic disciplines. In other words, different subject areas think differently and need different information. What's involved with this? What kind of teaching is "universally good," and where can we go from here? I have a brief presentation here, and rely heavily on the work of Dr. Joan Middendorf (particularly her 2004 and 2007 articles).