Call for Proposals: South Carolina Conference on Information Literacy

The South Carolina Conference on Instruction Literacy is seeking proposals for their online 2021 conference, Reshaping the Future of Instruction, which will be held from August 4 -6. Proposals must be submitted by April 9, 2021. 

They are seeking proposals for:

    • Engagement & Outreach
    • Critical Information Literacy
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Instructional Services
    • Assessment
    • Pedagogy/Andragogy
    • Hiring (writing job descriptions), Onboarding, and Management in Instructional Services
    • Professional Tips for New Instruction Librarians
    • Reflective Practice, Morale, & Self Care
    • Technology tools for creating instruction
    • Active learning in an online environment
    • Tutorials/Asynchronous Instruction

For additional information about the conference, please visit:

To submit a proposal, click here

Supporting the Transgender Community in Libraries

This post was submitted by Laurel Scheinfeld, Health Sciences Librarian at Stony Brook University Libraries.

As the mother of a transgender teenager, I was drawn to the webinar titled “Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Inclusion in Libraries”. Krista McCracken, an archivist at Algoma University’s Arthur A. Wishart Library in Canada offered many useful and practical solutions for making all kinds of libraries more gender inclusive, but it was two particular ideas that especially struck me as I watched the recorded webinar that I’d like to share here.

One of Krista’s initial slides listed reasons why gender inclusion matters. The first reason listed was “Trans people are everywhere”. That’s a simple and true statement. Many of us know transgender library patrons and some of us have transgender colleagues. I hope that we would agree it’s vitally important to welcome them and make sure they are valued. In addition to the people you know, there are likely many more that you are not aware of. Some may have transitioned before you met them and choose not to disclose the information. There are also people struggling with their gender identity who may not have come out yet. A welcoming space benefits more people than meets the eye. Our efforts at gender inclusivity also have effects beyond the patrons and coworkers within our walls who are transgender. Library staff and patrons have family members and friends who are transgender. You wouldn’t know by looking at me that I have a transgender son, and yet working in a gender inclusive environment is supportive to me as well. I’m more at ease and more productive in an environment where I know my son would be comfortable and safe, even though he doesn’t spend time at my workplace. I’m sure many of our patrons and colleagues have a transgender child, grandchild, parent, spouse, sibling, cousin, or neighbor, and feel better in inclusive spaces. We have the opportunity to support many more people than we may realize by celebrating gender diversity in our libraries.

Krista also discussed the use of preferred pronouns. I’ve attended many library meetings and webinars in recent years where all participants are asked to state their pronouns as part of their introduction, either verbally or written on name tags. I thought this was considered a best practice. Krista explained that although this is a well-meaning gesture towards inclusivity, there are people who may be struggling with their gender identity and this requirement could cause them discomfort if they are not ready to disclose or not completely sure yet. It could lead to people avoiding participation, which is the opposite of what was intended. This hadn’t occurred to me, and I think it’s important to share. A solution the speaker suggested is to suggest that people provide their pronouns “if desired”. Another possible solution is for the meeting host to announce their pronouns while introducing themselves, which would signal to participants that they are also welcome to provide their pronouns, without the verbal instruction that everyone is expected to do this. With one of these slightly more nuanced approaches, someone’s journey may be made a little easier.

You will also find practical ideas and advice in this webinar on displays, collections, programs, signage, and using preferred names, which will help you improve your library’s inclusiveness toward people who are transgender and gender non-conforming. The presenter encouraged participants to reach out any time with questions. The contact information of this knowledgeable librarian is another wonderful resource to put in your toolkit as well. Thank you to SILC for providing the 2020 Recap Resource List. I’m looking forward to diving into more of these webinars.

Fact checking is activism: Using the ACT UP method of source evaluation

This post was submitted by Megan Margino Marchese, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Farmingdale State College. 

Academic librarians are well-versed in teaching students the importance of credible sources. Imparting research skills, fostering a critical perspective, and equipping students with a discerning eye when searching for information are roles that are very familiar to librarians. In a pre-pandemic world, these abilities would be explained as vital for assignments throughout students’ college careers. Now, however, being information literate is more crucial than ever. Not only important for assignments, evaluating information is necessary for everyday life, particularly in a pandemic. Dawn Stahura’s (2020) LibGuide, “ACT UP: Evaluating Sources,” explains the ACT UP method of evaluating sources as a social justice action.

An acronym representing the importance of assessing resources’ authors, currency, truth, bias, and privilege, ACT UP presents familiar strategies while adding an additional perspective on equality and acting against privilege. Stahura (2020) writes that “source evaluation is social justice work” and “fact checking is activism.” ACT UP represents moving away from passive media consumption and becoming “informed cultural producers of information” when sharing on social media. This idea extends beyond the content of many information literacy classes and connects students to issues in their lives outside of college, instead of only relating to a class assignment. 

The ACT UP guide features sections on pushing against privilege, evaluating news, filter bubbles, and COVID-19. Stahura (2020) explains privilege in publishing, journal gatekeeping, and offers resources to connect with academics and experts from diverse backgrounds. This research guide extends beyond the usual evaluation of authors’ qualifications to consider their diversity. It is important to research works from a range of voices and perspectives. Stahura (2020) highlights the drawbacks of “reproducing sameness” by exclusively citing white male authors as they bring forth a limited set of experiences. Following the ACT UP method of resource evaluation encourages the inclusion of diverse perspectives in research.

Further, the ACT UP guide also explains how algorithms affect searching on sites such as Google and Facebook to show results based on search history. Known as the filter bubble, these algorithms reduce the likelihood of finding new information or contrasting viewpoints. Stahura (2020) recommends “bursting your filter bubble” by choosing a variety of news sources and reading contrasting positions in order to not participate in confirmation bias.

This guide also features useful tips for evaluating news, including researching claims and author credentials. Consuming credible sources has always been important for research, but is now critical in a pandemic. It is necessary to “think before you share” on social media in order to limit the spread of misinformation as false claims can affect people’s lives. Holding your breath to test for the coronavirus was one example of a viral false claim near the start of the pandemic that was believed and shared by many (O’Rourke, 2020). ACT UP encourages readers to investigate if an article’s claims are supported by research and provides a list of fact-checking tools. Readers are also enabled to use research skills not only for coursework, but in their real lives, such as searching for COVID-19 information. This resource also features guidance on how to read scientific studies on the coronavirus, equipping readers with the tools needed to parse technical papers despite a non-technical background.

The LibGuide, ACT UP: Evaluating Sources presents an alternative to other source evaluation acronyms with a social justice focus. Its activism and pandemic-centered perspective highlights the connections between research for coursework and research needed in everyday life. 

Call for Proposals: ENYACRL Spring 2021 Conference

The Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL (ENY/ACRL) is calling for proposals for their upcoming virtual 2021 Spring Conference “2021 Vision for the future: Open and Accessible” on May 19th, 2021.

There will be four different session formats, please see the information below for each session format:
Poster Sessions: Poster sessions are an excellent opportunity to share your ideas, research findings, projects, solutions to problems, or best practices.
Lightning Rounds: Presentations for the lightning round are limited to 5 minutes. There will be time for a general question and answer period after all presenters have finished. The time frame is very strict, and presenters will be asked to keep within the five minutes.
Short Sessions: The conference is looking to hold at least one round of short sessions this year. Short sessions are composed of three twenty-minute sessions. The presenters will have the twenty minutes to present and answer questions, so how the time is spent is up to them. The time frame is very strict, and presenters will be asked to keep within the twenty minutes.
Breakout Sessions: In addition to lightning rounds and poster sessions, this year we are also offering ENY/ACRL members a chance to submit proposals to lead breakout sessions.  Breakout session proposals should cover 45 minutes, can include 1-3 presenters, and should incorporate a combination of introduction/presentation and the facilitation of an interactive group discussion or activity. Topics that address an aspect of the conference theme will be given preference in the selection process. A limited number of breakout session proposals will be accepted due to time and tech constraints of the conference.

Submission Guidelines: Please use the following link to submit your proposal:

Deadline for all proposals is March 20th, 2021. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by April 2nd, 2021.

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. 

Presentation Opportunity: Information Literacy Summit

The 19th Annual Information Literacy Summit is seeking proposals for their 2020 conference – Challenging the status quo: Rethinking information literacy theories and practices with a special focus on responding to the concerns of 2020.

Click here to learn more about submitting a proposal.

Conference website: