Three UNLV University Libraries Flora and Stuart Mason Undergraduate Peer Research Coaches presented a panel discussion on peer-assisted learning at the biennial Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference in Baltimore.
Peer coaches Kameron Joyner, Jason Meza, and Katia Uriarte presented “Student-Led Educational Experiences: The Risks and Rewards of Letting Go” with Outreach Librarian Rosan Mitola and Teaching and Learning Librarian John Watts. The three students shared their experiences of co-teaching library information literacy sessions alongside UNLV librarians and reflected on the impact they felt of assisting other students.
More than 120 librarians and administrators attended the one-hour session, which was part of a four-day conference that featured speakers from around the world. Attendees expressed their admiration for the students presenting at the conference, writing in online feedback: “Enjoying the enthusiasm of the peer-student library instructors in this session”; "Love that UNLV peer coaches got to attend this conference. As someone who got a similar experience in undergrad, I know the value"; and "Love that UNLV brought their students to participate in their panel on Student-Led Educational Experiences".
In addition to attending and presenting at the conference, the students traveled to Washington, D.C., attended a special event at the Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University, saw the famous B&O Railroad Museum, and visited Edgar Allan Poe's resting place. The trip was the first time one of the coaches had flown on an airplane, and it was the first time all three peer coaches had ridden on a train and traveled to the nation’s capital city.