Call for Proposals!!

We are excited to announce the call for proposals for the 14th annual Information Literacy Summit.

Revising, Refreshing, Reframing our Practice: Information Literacy, Threshold Concepts, and the New ACRL Framework
Friday, April 10, 2015, 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: What’s the big idea?! Incorporating Threshold Concepts into Your Teaching Practice
Amy R. Hofer, Reference & Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor at Portland State University
Silvia Lu, Reference and Social Media Librarian and Assistant Professor at LaGuardia Community College, a CUNY institution
Lori Townsend, Learning Services Coordinator for the University Libraries at the University of New Mexico
When introduced to threshold concepts, librarians usually ask “How do I use them?” Yet this question hopscotches another: “Do I understand threshold concepts and how they relate to information literacy?” Threshold concepts are themselves a threshold concept. They are transformative, integrative, irreversible, bounded, troublesome, and – importantly – they take time to traverse. With ACRL’s shift toward more conceptual teaching in the new Framework for Information Literacy, our profession needs to take time to deeply understand what this kind of teaching and learning is all about. We’ll talk about the theory of threshold concepts and making incremental moves towards conceptual teaching and assessment, including how to incorporate the work that instruction librarians already do in this arena and why traditional bibliographic instruction still has a place in our teaching repertoire.

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 the evolving nature of information literacy and are related to this year’s theme, Revising, Refreshing, Reframing our Practice: Information Literacy, Threshold Concepts, and the New ACRL Framework. 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 45 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 300-500 word description of your presentation. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Deadline to submit proposals: Friday, January 16, 2015

For more information about the Summit:
To propose a breakout session:

Some possible topics for sessions include:

  • Threshold concepts
  • New ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (applications, assessment, developing learning outcomes, etc.)
  • Metaliteracy
  • Digital literacy
  • Instructional design
  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Adult learners
  • Distance learners
  • Online learning
  • 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

Please feel free to contact any of the Summit organizers with questions or concerns:

Tish Hayes

Heather Jagman

Jennifer Schwartz

Troy Swanson