Category Archives: Conferences

ACRL 101 Annual Conference Webcast Recording Now Available

Going to ALA Annual for the first time this summer? Not sure what to expect? Check out the ACRL 101 webcast (with slides) to make the most of your first ALA Annual Conference experience. This one-hour interactive session provides tips and personal recommendations on how to prepare for your trip to Chicago, what to bring, planning your schedule, networking, conference etiquette, ACRL programs of interest, and more!

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

ArtsGuide: 2017 ALA Annual Conference – Chicago

Chicago Arts GuideGoing to the ALA Annual Conference next week? Check out the Chicago ArtsGuide, created by the ACRL Arts Section. Accessible via mobile devices and desktops this Google Map is a selective guide to cultural attractions and events in/near Chicago. Each genre of art has its own layer/color, so you can easily identify whichever landmark you’re most interested in seeing. The conference center is also included on the map for convenient navigation.

Plan to take pictures of the arts/performances you attend during the conference? Share your photos via the Arts Section Facebook page or tweet about it using the #ArtsSection hashtag.

Special thanks to Arts Guide Editors Melanie Emerson and Alessia Zanin-Yost, all of the contributors, and the ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee for their work on this great resource.

Sign Up Now for an ACRL Buddy at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Are you planning to attend your first ALA Annual Conference? First-time attendees are invited to sign up for a conference buddy who can guide you through selecting conference sessions, navigating conference venues, and answer any other questions you might have. This is a great way to learn about ACRL and expand your professional network!

How much time are we talking? It’s up to you. We suggest the buddy/mentor make the first contact after initially signing up and go from there. You may want to meet up at the ACRL 101 on Saturday, June 24, from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Hilton Chicago, Continental C  room (a great start for newbies, and refresher for veterans), the Exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, June 24, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., or meet for coffee. You might meet up with your buddy just once, or a few times throughout the conference. The intent is primarily for helping orient the new person to the event and helping them feel comfortable (we were all new once!).

Interested? Sign up now! The deadline is Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

ACRL Program Proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

For the first time, program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.

There will be a virtual meeting at 11:00 a.m. CST on June 1, 2017, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2018 ALA Annual Conference program. The purpose of this meeting is to provide potential conference program planners with an understanding of the Annual Conference program planning process, including budgets, timelines and planning tips.

RSVP online to attend the June 1 virtual meeting. Once login instructions are available, attendees will be notified. Login instructions will also be posted on the main ACRL page in ALA Connect.

2018 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due August 25, 2017. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2018 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2017.

More details about the Annual Conference program process are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Program Officer Megan Griffin at mgriffin@ala.org or ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org with questions concerning the program proposal process.

Instruction Section Preconference – Teaching Information Literacy with a Social Justice Lens (6/23)

The ACRL Instruction Section is offering the full-day preconference, “Going with (and Growing with) the Framework: Teaching Information Literacy with a Social Justice Lens,” in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 23, 2017.

Through panel presentations and hands-on workshops, develop strategies and approaches for teaching the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education that also incorporate a social justice lens. The transition from the Standards to the Framework has been challenging for many librarians, especially because the Framework calls for a conceptual approach to information literacy instruction, instead of relying on measurable, skills-based outcomes. Yet the Framework may provide opportunities for deeper, more transformative learning and challenge students to think more critically about their own power and privilege, as well as the lack of certain voices, within the information ecosystem.

Presenters
Samantha Becker, Campus Engagement Librarian, Drake University
Alexandra Chappell, Arts & Humanities Team Leader, The Claremont Colleges
Dani Brecher Cook, Director of Teaching and Learning, University of California, Riverside
Lisa Hinchliffe, Professor/ Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University of Illinois Urbana
kYmberly Keeton, Lincoln University
Leslie L. Morgan, University of Notre Dame
Karen Nicholson, Manager, Information Literacy, University of Guelph
Nicole Pagowsky, Associate Librarian and Instruction Coordinator, University of Arizona
Laura Saunders, Assistant Professor, Simmons College
Maura Seale, Collections, Research, & Instruction Librarian, Georgetown University
Allegra Swift, Scholarly Communication & Publishing Coordinator, Claremont Colleges
Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Loyola Marymount University

Complete details including registration materials are available online.  Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org with questions.

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