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Project SAILS is attending ACRL 2013. Are you?

If you are, then you should consider attending one of the many sessions focused on information literacy and assessment. Below is a list of programs that caught my eye as I scoured the conference program. I plan to attend as many of them as possible but will also be busy talking with visitors to our booth. I hope to see you at Booth 1320. Get a jump on the crowds and schedule a time to meet with me.

I intended this list to focus on assessment, but I just couldn’t help highlighting other programs that sound amazing and innovative. Click on the program title to see more information on the ACRL conference website. You can also plan the sessions you will attend with ACRL’s easy “My Planner” tool.

(Note, I did not include any of the free workshops here – they are filling up so fast and I didn't want you to be disappointed if you didn’t get a spot.)

Enjoy! And hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Questioning Authority: Standard Three and the Critical Classroom
Presenters:
Emily Drabinski, Reference and Instruction Librarian, LIU Brooklyn
Jenna Freedman, Barnard College
Lia Friedman, Director of Learning Services, UC San Diego Library

The One-Shot Mixtape: Lessons for Planning, Delivering, and Integrating Instruction
Presenters:
Megan Oakleaf, Assoc. Professor, Syracuse Univ.
Steven Hoover, Senior Asst. Librarian, Syracuse Univ.
Jennifer Corbin, Head, Center for Library User Education, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane Univ.
Debra Gilchrist, Vice President, Learning and Student Success, Pierce College
Randy Hensley, Head of Instruction, Baruch College
Christopher Hollister, Assoc. Librarian, Univ. at Buffalo
Michelle Millet, Library Director, John Carroll Univ.
Beth Woodard, Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Disciplinary Literacy in First-Year Writing Courses: A Collaborative Context For Critical Information Literacy Instruction
Presenters:
Sara D. Miller, Head of Information Literacy, Michigan State Univ. Libraries
Nancy C. DeJoy, Assoc. Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Michigan State Univ.
Benjamin M. Oberdick, Information Literacy Librarian, Michigan State Univ.

Pilot Study Examining Student Learning Gains Using Online Information Literacy Modules
Presenters:
Corinne Bishop, Information Literacy Librarian, Univ. of Central Florida
Francisca Yonekura, Asst. Department Head, Center for Distributed Learning, Univ. of Central Florida
Patsy Moskal, Assoc. Director, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness, Univ. of Central Florida

Embracing ‘Troublesome Knowledge’: Information Literacy Threshold Concepts in the Natural Sciences
Presenters:
Alison Ricker, Science Librarian, Oberlin College
Moriana Garcia, Natural Sciences Liaison Librarian, Denison Univ.
Deborah Carter Peoples, Science Librarian, Ohio Wesleyan Univ.

Making IL Relevant: Inspiring Student Engagement through Faculty-Librarian Collaboration
Presenters:
Meggan Smith, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Gettysburg College
Kayla Lenkner, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Gettysburg College
Amy Dailey, Asst. Professor, Health Sciences, Gettysburg College
Kelly Ruffini, Class of 2013, Gettysburg College

Visible Thinking: Using Course-Integrated Research Narratives to Engage Students and Assess Learning
Presenters:
Melanie Sellar, Education Services Librarian and Asst. Professor, Information Literacy, Marymount College
Robert Detmering, Asst. Professor and Teaching & Reference Librarian, Univ. of Louisville
Anna Marie Johnson, Assoc. Professor and Head, Reference and Information Literacy Dept., Univ. of Louisville

Project Information Literacy: What Can Be Learned about the Information-Seeking Behavior of Today's College Students?
Presenter:
Alison Head - Executive Director, Project Information Literacy

Impact of AAC&U’s Liberal Education & America’s Promise (LEAP) Initiative on Information Literacy Programs
Presenters:
Elizabeth Dolinger, Information Literacy Librarian, Mason Library
Brooke Gilmore, Information Literacy Librarian, Southern New Hampshire Univ.

What’s in a Name?: Information Literacy, Metaliteracy, or Transliteracy
Presenters:
Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, Univ. at Albany
Thomas Mackey, Dean, Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College

The ERIAL Project:  Findings, Ideas and Tools to Advance Your Library
Presenter:
David Green - Assoc. University Librarian for Collections and Information Services, Northeastern Illinois Univ. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Becoming Catalysts in Exceptional Research and Learning: The Intersections of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication
Presenters:
Erin Ellis, Head of Instructional Services, Univ. of Kansas
Joyce Ogburn, Univ. of Utah
Kevin Smith, Duke University

Creating a Culture of Assessment: Determinants of Success
Presenters:
Meredith Farkas, Head of Instructional Services, Portland State Univ.
Lisa Hinchliffe, Coordinator of Instruction and Information Literacy Services, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Amy Harris Houk, Information Literacy Program Coordinator and Reference Librarian, Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro

Feeling our way: Emotional intelligence and information literacy competency
Presenters:
Miriam Matteson, Asst. Professor, Kent State Univ. - School of Library and Information Science, Columbus, OH
Omer Farooq, Student, Kent State Univ., Columbus, OH

Methods Behind the Instructional Madness: Assessing and Enhancing Learning through Portfolios, Mapping and Rubrics.
Presenters:
Natalie Tagge, Instruction Librarian, Claremont Colleges
Sean Stone, Science Librarian, Claremont Colleges
Char Booth, Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian, Claremont Colleges

“How is this different from critical thinking?”: The risks and rewards of deepening faculty involvement in an information literacy rubric.
Presenters:
Danya Leebaw, Reference and Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences, Carleton College
Kristin Partlo, Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences & Data, Carleton College
Heather Tompkins, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Carleton College

Becoming A Campus Assessment Leader: Collaborating for campus wide IL assessment
Presenter:
Larissa Gordon, Reference Librarian, Arcadia Univ.

Just-in-time Instruction, Regular Reflection, and Integrated Assessment: A Sustainable Model for Student Growth
Presenters:
Jill Gremmels, Leland M. Park Director of the Davidson College Library
Shireen Campbell, Professor of English, Davidson College

Caught In The Act: Video Classroom Observation
Presenters:
Anne Deutsch, Librarian, SUNY at New Paltz - Sojurner Truth Library
Brooks Doherty, Dean, General Education, Rasmussen College

Quest for Engagement: Innovative Library Instruction with Games-Based Learning
Presenters:
Maura Smale, Assoc. Professor, Information Literacy Librarian, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Mary Snyder Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian, Lycoming College
Scott Rice, Digital Initiatives and Emerging Technologies Librarian, Appalachian State Univ. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Answering 'how' and 'why' questions of library impact on undergraduate student learning
Presenter:
Derek Rodriguez, Principal Investigator, The Understanding Library Impacts Project

Choosing and Using Assessment Management Systems: What Librarians Need to Know
Presenters:
Jackie Belanger, Research and Instruction Librarian/Assessment Coordinator, Univ. of Washington Bothell/Cascadia Community College
Megan Oakleaf, Assoc. Professor, Syracuse Univ.

Imagining the Future of Library Instruction: How Feminist Pedagogy Can Transform the Way You Teach and How Students Learn
Presenters:
Maria T. Accardi, Coordinator of Instruction, Indiana Univ. Southeast
Emily Drabinski, Reference and Instruction Librarian, LIU Brooklyn
Alana Kumbier, Reference Librarian, Wellesley College

Building an Instruction Arsenal: Using Standardized Elements to Streamline Class Planning and Ease Student Learning Assessment Across the Curriculum.
Presenters:
Kevin Seeber, Library Instruction Coordinator, Colorado State Univ.-Pueblo
Jessica Critten, First Year Programs Librarian, Univ. of West Georgia

 

In October, we had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Annual ALAO Conference. It was great talking with fellow attendees at our booth and we enjoyed the empowering perspectives and ideas shared by the conference speakers. 

Company president Rick Wiggins at our booth for the 2012 Annual ALAO Conference
Company president Rick Wiggins at our booth for the 2012 Annual ALAO Conference

When library conference speakers bring in ideas and values from beyond the walls of librarianship, they help us see our world in new ways. At the ALAO conference, keynote speaker Lisa Hinchliffe highlighted a number of fantastic resources:

Lisa’s emphasis was how academic libraries can be indispensible to the higher education mission, as reflected in the title of her keynote, “First Be Valuable and Then Be Valued: Academic Library Impact.” This is an extension of the ACRL initiative on the value of academic libraries.  Explore this topic further with the following key resources

If you missed the conference but want to see some of what was talked about, see tweets from the conference, compiled by Meghan Frazer.  Thanks, Meghan!

Also, be sure to sign up for our monthly email newsletter full of valuable information for academic librarians, including our recent blog posts, helpful tips, and more!

We're seeing a spate of calls for proposals for excellent conferences. You probably have a great project to share, so consider submitting a proposal to present. If the team at Project SAILS can help, just let us know.

These are all either about information literacy, or they have information literacy as a major theme. Listed in order of proposal deadline.

ACRL 2013: Association of College and Research Libraries.
April 10 - 13, 2013
Indianapolis, Indiana
Proposals due November 9, 2012 for cyber zed shed presentations, poster sessions, roundtable discussions, and virtual conference Webcasts.

LOEX 2013: 
41st Annual LOEX Conference.
May 2 - 4, 2013
Nashville, Tennessee
Proposals for breakout sessions due November 16, 2012.
Proposals for poster sessions due January 25, 2013.
NOTE: Students currently enrolled in a graduate program in library and information sciences along with librarians in resident or intern programs are invited to propose poster sessions.

LILAC 2013:  Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference.
March 25 – 27, 2013
Manchester, England
Proposals due November 16, 2012.

WILU 2013: Workshop for Instruction in Library Use.
May 8 - 10, 2013
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Proposals due December 3, 2012.
http://lib.unb.ca/WILU/program/call-for-proposals/

European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL).
October 22 – 23, 2013
Istanbul, Turkey
Proposals due February 1, 2013.

Georgia Conference on Information Literacy.
September 20 – 21, 2013
Savannah, Georgia
Proposal deadline is March 15, 2013.

 

The ALAO Conference is finally here and we’re excited to see everyone this Friday at the Project SAILS table. We'll be tweeting live from the conference so be sure to follow us on Twitter to follow the conversations and topics discussed at the conference. You can also follow all highlights from the ALAO Conference on Twitter by using the hashtag #ALAO12.

Bring your questions about information literacy to us and we’ll be happy to help you.

Have questions on information literacy assessment but can’t attend the conference? Post your questions and comments here or visit www.projectsails.org.

Safe travels to ALAO!

 

ALAO 2012 is Friday, October 26 and the Project SAILS team is preparing for this event and the opportunity to showcase the importance of information literacy assessment to universities and colleges throughout Ohio.

Information literacy assessment can help to identify gaps in student learning and locate key areas for improvement. The Project SAILS individual and group online assessments  are based on ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and can deliver the data and insights you need to document curriculum successes and areas for improvement.

ALAO is a great opportunity to visit with Project SAILS co-founder, Carolyn Radcliff at our booth. Carolyn has over 20 years experience as an academic librarian and is currently a professor of University Libraries for Kent State University. Carolyn is a published author on information literacy assessment and has actively lent her expertise to ACRL and RUSA. She will be available to offer further insights on information literacy assessment and its importance in the higher education library setting.

ALAO visitors will also have the opportunity to discover how the Project SAILS individual and group information literacy tests are:

  • Statistically reliable
  • Easily administered online
  • Respectful of your budget
  • Timely and relevant

Are you attending ALAO? Let us know what excites you about this year’s conference.