Call for Proposals: The PILLARS Symposium

The PILLARS Symposium: Preparation, Information Literacy, Libraries, Academic Resources, and 21st Century Skills for Transitioning from Secondary School to College is Calling for Proposals

Who: Presenters and target audience include but are not limited to:

Secondary school teachers, librarians, administrators, Academic librarians, professors, administrators First year college transition specialists, Public librarians, both YA and Adult Services, Public historians and cultural heritage institution educators, Students (recent HS graduates and first-year college students), Others invested in student success with High School to College Transition

What: This symposium is designed to introduce educators to a wide range of teaching and learning resources for practical use in the 21st-century classroom. Presenters will share their knowledge on teaching information literacy instruction, writing, using primary resources, bridging the digital divide, and related topics that will prepare secondary students for success in college and beyond. The format will include formal presentations, breakout sessions, and opportunities to connect with educators around New York State. This symposium is presented by and for educators in New York State, and we welcome the perspective of guests from other regions who will join as presenters and attendees.

Where: Virtually, from your computer!

When: Wednesday, July 7 – Friday, July 9, 2021

The deadline is Friday, January 29! Click HERE to submit your proposal.

For More Information:

Website: PILLARS




Call for Proposals: SUNYLA 2021 (Virtual) Annual Conference

The SUNY LA Annual conference is currently accepting proposals for workshops, presentations and lightning talks. Please read below for more information:

SUNYLA 2021 | From Seeds to Services: Growing the New Academic Library

Virtual conference hosted by SUNY Delhi | June 16-18, 2021

Call for Proposals

Deadline for workshop and presentation proposals: February 26, 2021. The Planning Committee for the SUNYLA annual conference is accepting proposals for pre-conference workshops, lightning talks, and breakout session presentations in the following tracks:

      • Accessibility
      • Archives and Special Collections
      • Cataloging and Technical Services
      • Collection Development
      • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
      • Leadership and Management
      • Open Educational Resources or Other Textbook Affordability Efforts
      • Outreach and Marketing
      • Professional Development
      • Public Services and Interlibrary Loan
      • Reference and Instruction
      • Scholarly Communication
      • Systems and Technology

The proposal form will allow you to assign more than one track to your presentation. If you are not sure which track your presentation fits into, there is an option to suggest a track.

All sessions will be presented virtually via Zoom. Presenters will be responsible for ensuring they have adequate technology to support presenting online (e.g., internet connection, device, webcam, microphone).

If proposing multiple sessions, submit a separate form for each one. A separate call for poster session proposals will be sent in March.

Please submit your proposals here: Call for Proposals

Presentation options:

Pre-conference workshop | Date: June 16, 2021

Length: 90 minutes

Typical workshops are active training sessions where participants have the opportunity for hands-on practice or time for critical thinking and application.

Breakout session presentation | Dates: June 17-18, 2021

Length: 45 minutes

Lightning talk | Dates: June 17-18, 2021

Length: 10 minutes

If you don’t think your topic needs a full 45 minutes, then consider sharing with a lightning talk.

SILC’s 2020 Recap Resource List

The SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee will not be hosting any live events in the month of January. Instead we have compiled a list of webinars and resources that speak to the many topics we discussed throughout the fall semester. We encourage you to find time in January to explore a resource, and consider submitting a reflection about the webinar/resource for our blog. If you are interested in submitting a reflection to our blog, please click HERE


Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, & Antiracism:

Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions

Equity-Minded Student Services in the Online Environment

Employing Equity-Minded & Culturally-Affirming Teaching Practices in Virtual Learning Communities

Black Minds Matter – click HERE for the complete playlist

Decolonizing Subject Headings and Collections

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Audits for Library & Information Organizations

SUNYLA 2020: Neurodiversity 101

SUNYLA 2020: Mind the Gap: Collaborating to Provide Equitable Services to Distance & Online Students

Updating LibGuides with an Antiracist Framework

Inclusive Teaching and Design Practices in Online Learning

Addressing Cultural Humility and Implicit Bias in Information Literacy Sessions

Creating an Inclusive Collection—Selecting and Evaluating Diverse Resources

Instruction and Outreach for Diverse Populations: Native/Indigenous Librarians and Students

Trans and Gender Non-Conforming in Libraries

RRLC: Libraries & Anti-Racism Webinar Series

ASERL: DEI Committees: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

ACRL: Advancing Racial Equity in Your Library


Practical Management or Practical Magic Webinar – Inclusion and the Library: A Management Perspective with Nikhat J. Ghouse

The Practical Application of the Theories Behind Team Building

They’re Just Not A Good Fit


Learning with Innovative Technology

Applications and Implications of Artificial Intelligence in Academic Libraries

SILC Ed Tech Showcase Recordings

RRLC Tech Camp 2020 Conference Recordings

Teaching/IL Instruction:

SUNY Faculty Development Conference: Teaching & Learning for Student Success

SUNYLA 2020 Preconference: Are They Learning? Information Literacy Assessment in the Library Classroom

Love the Source You’re With: Moving Beyond Popular and Scholarly

Evaluating Online Library Learning

Information Literacy at a (Social) Distance: Strategies for Moving Online

ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee: Instructional Design for Distance Librarians

Research is Not a Basic Skill: Using the Contextual Nature of Research to Transform Information Literacy Instruction

Leveraging Technologies To Enhance Success For Diverse Generation Z Populations

Let’s Tell a Story: Using Narrative to enhance accessibility in Online Video Tutorials

Essential Trauma-Informed Online Teaching Tools

Coursetune 2020 Fall Webinar Series


Library Accessibility Alliance webinar #1: An Introduction to Disability

Library Accessibility Alliance webinar #2. Disability Awareness: Use of physical spaces by persons with disabilities

Library Accessibility Alliance webinar #3: Intro to Website Accessibility

Library Accessibility Alliance webinar #4: Overview of E-Resource Assessment Process

Quickly Implementing Accessibility Tools

Disability Access and Libraries – Current Issues and Future Directions


ACT UP: Evaluating Sources Guide

Racial Justice 4-Day Challenge


Visualizing Library Assessment Data

Outreach Toolkit Focus Groups

SILC is working on a new initiative to create an ebook dedicated to outreach. To complete this goal, SILC will be hosting three focus groups in January to gather ideas and direction so that this OER ebook will be helpful for early-career librarians, librarians new to outreach, and those hoping to shake things up a bit. Each focus group will discuss the different types of outreach (and how to define them), what they wish they knew starting out, and a template for chapters. Folks who join the focus groups will be thanked for their contributions, and we ultimately hope that participants will be inspired to propose their own chapter. 

If you’d like to join us, please sign up for a meeting here. We want to keep participants to 5 or 6 people and plan on a 90-minute conversation, although it’s very possible that it could be shorter. Meetings are January 11, 13, and 15 at 1 p.m. Zoom links will be sent closer to the meeting date.