January Member Profile


January Member Profile is of Carol Leibiger, Coordinator of Instruction and Associate Professor in the University Libraries at the University of South Dakota (U.S.A).

What is something people would be surprised if they knew about you?
I’m a bilingual. My first language was German. My mother was a German citizen when my parents married, and my father was a first-generation German American, so he also spoke German, too. Our community in New Jersey was German-speaking, and we traveled to and lived in Germany until I was five. I learned English when I started school. I think this is surprising to most people because most Americans hardly speak foreign languages, and if they do speak one, it’s likely Spanish. German is a heritage language in the US. I qualify for German citizenship through my mother, and I would like to apply for it after I retire.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I have several hobbies. During warm weather I like to row my open water shell or paddle my kayak on the local lakes. I’m a nationally certified rowing coach, so I row in warm weather and erg (row indoors) when it’s cold out. I enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing. My family enjoys hiking, and every summer we hike (and climb) in the Austrian Alps. I also knit. Right now I’m knitting Christmas presents for my family. I have knit enough Christmas ornaments to decorate a 6-foot tree.

What are you most excited to be working on right now?
Everyone who knows me knows that I’m passionate about relational teaching. We accomplish more by creating and maintaining relationships with our stakeholders than in providing instrumental, skills-based instruction. I’m particularly focused on providing relational instruction to our Indigenous students. For several years, I taught at an Indigenous university as part of my university’s outreach. My university has dropped this program in order to focus on Indigenous students on our campus. Several days ago I ran into some former administrators from the Indigenous university who are now advisors for our Indigenous living and learning community. Based on our previous relationship and their experience of my teaching, I was invited to teach in the Indigenous community’s spaces. I’m really excited to engage in place-based learning with our Indigenous community.

What were you doing before you started your current work position?
I was an instructor of German at the University of South Dakota. This was great preparation for library instruction since language teachers are well versed in both language pedagogy and cognitive science. People who study a second language have already learned their first language; language teachers try to provide opportunities for natural language acquisition that involve active learning techniques and culturally relevant instruction. I’ve taken up the teaching methodologies I used in language teaching and have adapted them for my IL instruction.

Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced ‘capple’ or ‘ca-pal’?
When I joined, I was told, « CAPAL rhymes with apple, » so that’s how I pronounce it.

Twitter account: @carol_leibiger

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