Lecturer on Education
Librarian, Head of Reference at Gutman Library, Gutman Library
Degree: Ed.M., Harvard University
Office: Gutman 207
Deborah Garson is a lecturer on education and head of Research and Writing Services, is responsible for the research and writing services of the Gutman Library. With a professional background in the field of academic librarianship and higher education she manages and leads a team of professional librarians and teaching fellows within a learning organization environment. Garson is committed to professional development for librarians. As part of a three person instructional team, she developed the curriculum, designed pedagogy, and taught in an ongoing interactive Harvard Library series titled: The Art of Teaching for Librarians (2015).
At Harvard, Garson has lead and contributed to initiatives and strategic planning for the School and Harvard Library. She has chaired and served on various Harvard library committees such as the Research, Teaching, and Learning Shares, Learning Opportunities Advisory Group, and the Public Services Standing Committee. Within HGSE she has been a member of the Usable Knowledge team, the Librarian search committee, and a technology review.
Garson is professionally engaged with education and library organizations. As a member of Special Libraries Association (SLA), she has served as chair, program planner, and membership outreach for the Education Division. She has been a speaker at SLA, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Recently she presented on the topic of doctoral students as researchers at the Creating Knowledge Conference in Iceland, 2015. She was appointed to the U.S. Department of Education ERIC Library Committee and served on the ERIC Collections Advisory Group.
Her current publications include, a co-authored chapter titled "Leadership Capabilities in the Midst of Transition at Harvard Library" in Leadership in Academic Libraries Today: connecting practice to theory (2014); co-authored an open access article titled: "Lifelong learning in the digital age: A content analysis of recent research on participation" (2015). Previous publication experience includes, the Education section of Magazines for Libraries; co-author for reference reviews in "Education Libraries"; co-author of Collaboration as a model: co-teaching a graduate course. In C. Kvenild & K. Calkins (Eds.), "Embedded librarians: moving beyond one-shot instruction" (2011).
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