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(via Chase Ollis, American Library Association)

Join us in Denver, CO,  for the day-long workshop “Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices”, offered at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting. The workshop will take place from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018. A description of what the workshop will cover follows.

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education – with its emphasis on self-reflective and lifelong learning and on conceptual understandings about information, research, and scholarship and encouraging – has prompted many librarians to consider their teaching practices from fresh angles, as they explore their evolving instructional roles within and beyond the library classroom. The Framework‘s vision of information literacy education as a shared responsibility of all educators suggests both opportunities and challenges for teaching librarians, as we expand pedagogical approaches and partnerships. This workshop supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it may help to enrich their individual teaching practices, as well as their local instruction programs and institutions.

Throughout this workshop participants will explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and their significance to their own instructional work. Attendees will apply their learning and reflection to creating instruction plans for their local contexts and considering possibilities for growing teaching partnerships. Information about the workshop presenters is below.

Samantha Godbey is Education Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is liaison to the College of Education and Department of Psychology. In this role, she has worked directly with faculty to integrate research-based assignments and information literacy concepts into their courses. Samantha’s research focuses on the Framework as well as information literacy instruction and assessment, and she is co-editor of the forthcoming Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts (ACRL, 2017). She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lindsay Matts-Benson is the Instructional Designer for the University of Minnesota Libraries in Minneapolis, where she collaborates and consults with librarians and library staff on building accessible, thoughtful and creative instructional material, such as online tutorials, websites, videos and in-person presentations. Lindsay has designed online learning modules and developed semester-long courses ranging from insurance law and trial advocacy skills to library research skills and job searching using library databases. Lindsay holds a Master of Arts in Learning Technology with a certificate in e-learning from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Along with Andrea Baer and Brittney Johnson, Lindsay co-designed this workshop curriculum.

Access the ALA Annual Conference registration materials to submit your registration. The workshop code is ACR1. The registration fee is $255 for ACRL members, $295 for ALA members who do not belong to ACRL, and $325 for individuals belonging to neither organization.

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(via Bobbi Newman,

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is recruiting members for a public-libraries-only offering of the class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This provides 12 CE credit, which is the amount needed for the Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate from the Medical Library Association. The certificate is good for three years. In addition to completing the coursework, participants will be asked to provide feedback on the platform, course content, and the cohort experience. The NNLM will cover the application cost for the CHIS certificate for all participants who complete the coursework and the surveys. We will use your feedback on the class to ensure our courses meet the unique needs of public libraries.

The course will last from October 30 through November 5 and will take the form of an online asynchronous class. To registers, please e-mail Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region, at Please note there is a waiting list for this class, so please take a careful look at your schedule during the class dates. Plan to spend 3-5 hours a week on course. Only submit your name if you are committed to completing the course work and evaluations.

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Call for Posters: Open Up Conference on Open Educational Resources

(via Lucy Bungo, Director of Library Services at Villa Maria College)

Has your library designed open educational resources (OERs) for faculty?  Have you partnered with faculty on the curation of OERs for classroom use in specific subjects? Are you hosting OERs at your library?  Have you done anything else with OERs that you want to share with others?

The Resource Sharing Committee of the Western New York Library Resources Council is hosting the Open Up: Embracing Open Educational Resources and the Library’s Role In It conference on Friday, October 20, at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY. The conference will focus on what librarians can do to create, curate, distribute, and promote the use of OERs by the communities they serve. Beginning at 8:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM, there will be presentations, a set of breakout sessions, lightning round sessions, and a poster session. There are still slots available for poster sessions and we invite anyone working with OERs and an interest in sharing their work to submit a proposal.

To have your poster session considered for the conference, please complete this form. More information about the conference is available here.

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(via Brian Gray, Case Western Reserve University)

Proposals are now being accepted for the 3rd National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference, a 2-day event focused on all aspects of the first year experience and the personalization of outreach and services for incoming students. The conference will be hosted by Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) on March 21-22, 2018. It will focus on starting library initiatives to support first year students, assessing outcomes of services and resources, and building the collaborative relationships throughout the organization to prepare a holistic approach to student success and retention. More information is available here.

The two days will feature keynotes, panel discussions, and lightning talks, surrounded by a number of concurrent sessions organized around proposed tracks of interest. Participants are welcomed from all types of organizations and levels of staffing. Programming will be offered to improve established programs or prepare for a new initiative.

We are accepting proposals for concurrent sessions organized by tracks, panel discussions, lightning presentations, and poster presentations. We welcome all proposals for consideration, but are particularly interested in sessions that consider any of the following topics.

  • how to measure impact & success; assessment methods
  • relationship building (internal and external to the library)
  • the “future” and next generation programs
  • focus on international students
  • focus on underserved communities or at risk communities
  • transition to second-year support
  • strategic ways for engagement and increased participation with FYE Students

Other topics may include the following.

  • “personal librarian” services such as direct interactions, custom experiences, etc.
  • starting new programs or initiatives
  • views and goals of campus administrators
  • student stories and testimonies
  • staffing models
  • overall role within a larger information literacy instruction program
  • events, programs, orientations, etc.
  • challenges and concerns
  • marketing and communication
  • diversity issues and approaches
  • developing relationship with parents

Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance the thinking about personal librarian programs and first-year experiences. Acceptance will be competitive and conducted by a conference committee consisting of Kelvin Smith Library employees and virtual committee members from several university libraries involved in personal librarian and/or FYE programs. Registration costs will be the responsibility of each attendee and presenter, and will not be covered by the conference organizers.

Proposals are due by Friday, October 6. Please use this web form. You may direct any questions to Brian Gray, at

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(via the Publicity Subcommittee of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee)

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference organizers are pleased to announce that Emily Knox, Ph.D., M.S.L.I.S., will be the 2017 Conference keynote speaker. An Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the keynoter will speak on Friday morning, October 27, addressing the timely and thought-provoking topic “Providing Ethical Services in Changing Times”. Aligning with the 2017 Conference theme, “The Time Are Changing”, the talk will focus on the following issues. Librarians and other information professionals have long relied on codes of ethics and other guidelines for providing ethical services to all. In a time of rapid political, social, and technological change, do these codes still make sense? How should they be interpreted during a time of radical change? Is it time to update them?

Professor Knox received her Ph.D. form the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communications & Information. Her Master’s in Library and Information Science is from the iSchool at UIUC. She also hold a B.A. in Religious Studies from Smith College an A.M. in the same field from The University of Chicago Divinity School. Prior to her current roles, she worked as both a reference librarian and an associate library director. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her teaching, research, and publication activities are focused on information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. She is also a member of the Mapping Information Access research team.

Professor Knox is Editor of the recently-published Trigger Warnings: History, Theory, Context and the author of Book Banning in 21st Century America (the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series), both published by Rowman & Littlefield. In 2015, she received the Illinois Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Award and was named a WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) Instructor of the Year. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Association for Information Science & Technology, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the National Coalition Against Censorship.

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(via Dr. Troy Swanson, Moraine Valley Community College)

I am excited to send along the link to an interview I did with psychologist Laura Lauzen-Collins. We discuss the short cuts used by your brain to process information and how those short cuts contribute to the spread of fake news. Importantly we discuss how identity and self-perception play an important role in judging information and our willingness to change our minds.

This is part of a series of interviews on the Circulating Ideas podcast on libraries and fake news. I have pasted the previous interviews below, also.

  • “Fake News and the Psychology of the Brain”, Circulating Ideas Episode 116: Laura Lauzen-Collins
  • “Fake News, Information Literacy and Teaching College Students”, Circulating Ideas Episode 113: William Badke
  • “Fake News, Journalism and Libraries”, Circulating Ideas Episode 108: interview with Jeremy Shermak
  • “Fake News, Information Literacy and Epistemology”, Circulating Ideas Episode 104: interview with Lane Wilkinson

Please share where appropriate. Thanks for listening.

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(via Derek Johnson, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

“Back to School: Statistical Methods, Training, and Resource Needs for the Public Health Workforce”

Wednesday, September 6 (1:30 PM CST)

This introductory seminar developed with support from the National Library of Medicine provides a review of trends in statistical methods used in public health, resources for the effective use of data for public health, and implications for training needs in the public health workforce. Developed with graduate students and junior investigators in mind, this seminar explores current statistical methods being used in the field, and provides an overview of resources for public health and health services researchers to use in their work.

After watching this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the current landscape of statistical methods used in public health research;
  • List key statistics and data analysis resources that may inform your work; and
  • Learn about implications for training, including diverse perspectives on expanding the knowledge base.

This webinar is free, but registration is required:

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite academic library professionals to attend a free learning series that teaches several dialogue facilitation approaches and helps librarians position themselves to foster conversation and lead change on their campuses and beyond.

Through Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change , a two-year ALA initiative in collaboration with NCDD, academic library professionals can participate in three online learning sessions and one in-person workshop, all free of charge, between September of 2017 and February of 2018. Attendees of this professional development training will learn to convene critical conversations with people with differing viewpoints; connect more meaningfully with library users and better meet their needs; and translate conversation into action.

Registration is currently open for three online sessions.

Each session will be recorded and archived for free on-demand viewing on ALA’s Programming Librarian website. Individuals who view all three webinars, live or recorded, will be invited to attend the free, one-day pre-conference workshop at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver (February 9-13, 2018). Details about the pre-conference will be available in fall 2017 and will be shared during the webinars.

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(via the Indiana Online Users Group)

The Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG) is seeking program proposals for its 2017 Conference. This year’s meeting will take place at the Indianapolis Propylaeum (1410 N Delaware St. #2, Indianapolis, IN 46202) on Friday, October 13. Instructions for producing and submitting proposals are below.

Libraries have always been at the forefront of technology. From originally being one of the only places to offer public computers to library automation to high-tech media labs, libraries work hard to bridge the digital divide and offer the most current and broad access to research and information. The IOLUG Program Committee is sending out this call for proposals to hear about your technology projects, both past and present. We invite proposals that show us how far we’ve come with technology or give us insight into where we’re going and what’s next for libraries. For this 35th anniversary Conference, we especially welcome proposals from past presenters. We would love to hear updates on your projects since you last presented, whether that was one year or 21 years ago.

We encourage presentations that are practical, hands-on, and include take-awayable tools, techniques, and/or strategies that librarians can implement to improve their resources and services for students, patrons, faculty, etc. Please consider the following topics when preparing your proposals.

  • digital media implementation
  • analytics and metrics
  • coding
  • gaming or gamification
  • augmented and/or virtual reality
  • social media and  marketing
  • apps–creating, curating, evaluating
  • responsive design
  • when to use digital vs. analog technologies
  • the evolution of library technologies

Please include in your proposal whether you would like participants to have their own computers or devices, as well as any special needs you would like for your presentation

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, September 15. To submit a proposal, go here. Browse the IOLUG website to help you think of ideas for your proposal.

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(via Mark Aaron Polger, College of Staten Island – City University of New York)

Have you registered yet for the 2017 Library Marketing and Communications Conference? There’s still time.  We’re happy that so many of you are returning for our third LMC Conference! And we have lots of new attendees, and speakers, joining us this fall. If you are at all able to come to the Dallas area this November, LMCC is a great investment in your professional development. (We recognize that not all are able to travel to Texas, and we are already planning a new location for 2018.)

We have 36 sessions, in seventracks, dedicated to the key topics facing you in library marketing and communication. And we’re pleased to now announce our expert keynote speakers–Shel Holtz, a popular speaker from the International Association of Business Communicators, and Gina Millsap, CEO of the 2016 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Kansas. Read more about our well-regarded speakers and their keynote presentation topics in this new blog post.

Also, we’ve sold out of rooms at our main conference hotel, the InterContinental Dallas, in Addison, but we’ve added another affordable option right next door.
Book your rooms quickly at the Marriott Courtyard in Addison with this LMCC discount link.

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