The Claremont Colleges Library is proud to announce the appointment of Char Booth as the first Director of Research, Teaching and Learning Services (RTLS). In directing RTLS, Char will oversee a newly-created division within the library that will provide key research, teaching, and learning services, such as information literacy instruction, reference and research services, selection and management of information resources, and liaison work.
Char joined the Claremont Colleges Library in 2011 as the Head of Instruction Services and E-Learning Librarian; prior to that she was the E-Learning Librarian at University of California, Berkeley. A few of the notable projects that Char has created and/or worked to develop with colleagues at the Claremont Colleges Library include the Visual Curriculum Mapping program, a seven-college adoption of the Claremont Colleges Library's Information Literacy definition, and the Google Glass lending program.
Char has also amassed a formidable national reputation as a teacher, speaker, presenter, and author. She was named an American Library Association Emerging Leader in 2007 and a Library Journal "Mover and Shaker" in 2008, and currently serves on the faculty of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute. Char has presented widely on topics relating to information literacy, technology, scholarly communication, and assessment. She's in frequent demand as a plenary speaker and has delivered keynote addresses at AMICAL in Rome, Italy; the M (or Mobile) Libraries conference in Milton Keynes, England; and the Digital Library Federation in Austin, TX. Her publications include Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies (ACRL ,2009), and Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators (ALA, 2011) winner of the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year award in 2013. Most recently, Char has been publishing on her current work here at Claremont, producing articles in the professional literature on Visual Curriculum Mapping, re:book, Google Glass, and our open access publishing of senior theses.
We're both fortunate and thrilled to have secured Char's services for the Claremont Colleges Library.