Already widely used across the historical and cultural sectors to engage audiences and visitors in different collections, object-based learning (OBL) is increasingly being adopted by librarians as a pedagogical practice to engage students in their special collections. This article calls into question the seemingly inclusive nature of two methodological approaches used at the London College of Fashion (LCF) Library (UAL) to teach introductory sessions to its special collections. It suggests ways OBL can be used as a tool to critique library collections.
Object-based learning, Critical pedagogy, Inclusive pedagogy, Special collections, Academic libraries
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Jenny Lelkes is an Assistant Academic Support Librarian at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. In addition to working with the library’s special collections, she supports fashion textiles, pattern cutting and garment technology undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as further education international students studying at the college. Jenny has pedagogical interests in information literacy, special collection librarianship and inclusive teaching and learning.
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