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Sharon Silverman


Ms. Sharon T. Silverman for the last eight years has served as Department Chair of the Library-Learning Resource Center at Olive-Harvey College. In this capacity, she has formed partnerships with department chairpersons from a variety of disciplines to create Embedded Librarian Library Instruction Sessions. She works closely with the Directors of Information Technology, The Transfer Center, Deans of Instruction, and Student Services for the purpose of acquiring innovative instructional resources for students, faculty, and staff.
She currently works on several college committees; The Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Grant, Olive-Harvey College Assessment Committee, and Technology Task Force. She was instrumental in assisting with the College being awarded two competitive grants for Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) 2011. This committee has designed a Center for Teaching and Leaning, creating additional Learning Communities for Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), and teaching resources for faculty at Olive-Harvey College. Since 2008, she has aided colleagues with revising, discovering, and sharing instructional assessment tools (Classroom Assessment Techniques, Rubrics, Student Learning Outcomes, and Syllabi) as a City Colleges of Chicago Master Faculty Facilitator. She is also one of the original members of the McCormick Foundation Committee-News Literacy. This committees award being two grants from the McCormick Foundation for City Colleges of Chicago for the amount of $50,000, (Fiscal Year-2012-2013), and $200,000 (Fiscal Year 2013-2014). Projects resulting from this committee include: "Why News Matters" Workshop, News Literacy Course and partnership with USA Today.
She was selected as one of 100 Librarians to attend the 2011 Harvard University Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. |Ms. Silverman has presented at the following national conferences: National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), Faculty Development that Nurtures Teaching Culture, Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges (NILRC), Assessing Distance Learning, Library Socialization Tools Mobile Technologies, Association of College Research Libraries (ACRL), Making It Relevant By Making It Relatable, and The Annual Information Literacy Summit sponsored by Moraine Valley Community College Library, John A. Logan College Library and Illinois State University Milner Library, Two Case Studies: The Values and Blunders of Asynchronous Versus Synchronous Library Assessment Approaches. This spring she is presenting at The Annual Information Literacy Summit 2013 and participating in EDUCAUSE-Breakthrough Models Academy for higher education professionals who seek to catalyze change through the use of information technologies and innovative new approaches to student support for the purpose of fostering student success this summer.
Ms. Silverman welcomes opportunities to interact with diverse teams of educators.  Her extensive knowledge of the impact of information literacy in 21st Century global society defines her interactions with students, faculty and staff.  Her interaction with diverse groups motivates her to maintain current affiliations with Professional Organizations which enhance her administrative, instructional, and professional skill set.|Ms. Sharon T. Silverman holds a B.A. in English from Stillman College and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  Upon completion of her M.S. degree, she worked as a Visiting Assistant Reference Librarian at University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) with additional Library experience obtained from Moraine Valley Community College. Both institutions provided her the opportunity to acquire experience in both Reference and Library Instruction.

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