Call for Proposals

15th Annual Information Literacy Summit
Shifting Perspectives: Developing Critical Approaches in Information Literacy

Friday, April 29, 2016, 8:30am-3:30pm
Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library
Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

Keynote Address

Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Compliance
Emily Drabinski, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn
The promise of critical pedagogy lies in its capacity to change lives–our own and those of our students–as we try new ways of thinking and teaching that challenge systems of power that privilege some and not others. In the last ten years, critical pedagogy has moved from the margins to the center, most clearly in its influence on the new Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. Frames like Information has Value and Authority is Constructed have long been tenets of critical voices in the field, voices that can now be heard emanating from the center of our professional lives. And yet, critical approaches to teaching and learning face acute challenges from a higher education environment that increasingly values teaching and learning by the numbers, tying everything from accreditation to book budgets to quantifiable outcomes. In this talk, Emily Drabinski will explore these tensions and offer thoughts on how we can change the world while keeping our jobs.

Call for Proposals

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which explore critical pedagogies the evolving nature of information literacy and are related to this year’s theme, Shifting Perspectives: Developing Critical Approaches in Information Literacy. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

To propose a breakout session:

Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 22, 2016

Some possible topics for sessions include:

  • Critical Information Literacy
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Threshold concepts
  • ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (applications, assessment, developing learning outcomes, critiques, etc.)
  • Metaliteracy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Instructional design
  • Pedagogy
  • Adult learners
  • Distance learners
  • Online learning
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Visual literacy
  • Collaboration across departments and organizations
  • Information literacy and Common Core standards
  • Transitions: High School to College
  • Transferring: Community College to 4 year institutions
  • Challenges and possibilities for the future