Save the Date: August Community Conversation

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As we near the start of the semester, you may be like us – feeling anxious or nervous, or perhaps your motivation just isn’t there. Join us for August’s SILC Community Conversation, We’re Gonna Be Fine: Motivation and Self-Preservation for Fall 2020. 

Once we’ve aired some of our concerns and anxieties, we plan to create a list of resources and ideas for self-preservation. Be prepared to share anything that’s helping you get through these unusual times (social media accounts, playlists, routines, plants, recipes, etc.). 

We’ll be meeting on Zoom, August 20, 1-2 p.m.  Email mbenson[at] for the link.

SILC Ed Tech Showcase Recordings

Hello, SUNYLA! Here are the recordings from SILC’s First Annual Ed Tech Showcase held on August 10 & 11, 2020. Thank you to everyone who presented and attended!

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FlipGrid presented by Becky Leathersich (SUNY Geneseo)

View the slides from Becky’s presentation.

GooseChase presented by Fatoma Rad (SUNY Farmingdale)

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View the slides from Fatoma’s presentation. Visit the GooseChase website.

Instagram/IGTV presented by Sarah Rhodes (SUNY Oneonta)

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View the IGTV Help page. Sarah did not use slides in her presentation.

Zotero Citation Manager presented by Logan Rath (SUNY Brockport)

View the slides from Logan’s presentation.

Parlay Ideas presented by Megan Benson (Binghamton University)

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View the slides from Megan’s presentation.

Google Forms presented by Danielle Apfelbaum (SUNY Farmingdale)

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View the slides from Danielle’s presentation.

You’re Invited to SILC’s Ed Tech Showcase

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The SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee is kicking off the start of the 2020/2021 academic year with an Ed Tech Showcase that will help inspire you with some new tools and ideas to try in your library or classrooms in the upcoming semester. 

Each session will be held via Zoom. Email westb[at] for the link. 

Monday, August 10, 2020

  • 11:00am-11:45am: Flipgrid (assessment tool) with Becky Leathersich (Geneseo)
  • 12:00pm-12:45pm: GooseChase (scavenger hunt tool) with Fatoma Rad (Farmingdale)
  • 1:00pm-1:45pm: Instagram/IGTV (student engagement) with Sarah Rhodes (Oneonta)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

  • 10:00am-10:45am: Zotero & Mendeley (citation management) with Logan Rath (Brockport)
  • 11:00am-11:45am: Parlay Ideas (discussion management) with Megan Benson (Binghamton)
  • 12:00pm-12:45pm: Google Forms (for customized IL instruction) with Danielle Apfelbaum (Farmingdale)
  • Sessions will be recorded and placed on the this blog.

Call for Proposals: SILC Ed Tech Showcase

With the fall semester right around the corner, the SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee (SILC) is hosting an Ed Tech Showcase on August 10, 11, and 12, 2020 (from 10:00am to 2:00pm EST) via Zoom. The showcase will feature up to 12 technology demonstrations that last ~45 minutes in length. Our intention is to record these sessions and place them on this blog for your reference.

SILC is soliciting proposals from members interested in sharing an educational technology tool or program they have found helpful for engaging students in information literacy in virtual or face-to-face environments. Submit a proposal by completing this Google form by Monday, August 3, 2020.

There will be a schedule of events with Zoom links sent out to the SUNYLA-L discussion list once the schedule is finalized.

Any questions can be directed to westb[at]

Thank you,

Megan Benson (Binghamton)

Holly Kuhl (Cayuga CC)

Don Simmons Jr. (Westchester CC)

Brandon West (Geneseo)

Join us for a SILC Community Conversation on July 22

The SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee will be holding an informal community conversation next week on Wednesday, July 22 from 1-2pm via Zoom. We plan to discuss active learning strategies for synchronous and physically-distanced instruction. If you have examples of how you have promoted active learning in one of these contexts, we’d love to hear about it! 

We will not be recording this meeting, so that participants can feel comfortable speaking frankly about any concerns they might have.

Email westb[at] for the Zoom meeting link.

We hope to see you there!

Free Online Presentation

Learning together: Case studies in implementing faculty learning communities around information literacy

Presented by Jenny Dale, UNC Greensboro; Joanna Gadsby, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Hazel McClure, Grand Valley State University; Debbie Morrow, Grand Valley State University; Heather Snapp , Florida Gulf Coast University; Katy Sullivan, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Tuesday, July 21st 1pm CT until 2pm EST
Register here
Sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee

Have you ever wished that you had more time to engage with teaching faculty and other instructors at your institution about information literacy in a more in-depth way? In this panel presentation, librarians from four different institutions will share their experiences working with information literacy-focused faculty learning communities. 

Election results!

The SUNYLA Membership has voted in favor of the bylaw change to rename the Working Group for Information Literacy (WGIL) to the SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee (SILC)!

Along with the name change came a revision to SILC’s charge, which was updated to provide future committee members with greater flexibility in the projects and activities they pursue.

The SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee (SILC) shall:

  • Investigate system-wide initiatives relating to information literacy and offer recommendations for SUNY librarians to become involved.
  • Provide a forum for reflecting on concerns or interests relating to teaching practices and/or instruction programs.
  • Recommend and/or sponsor educational opportunities relating to information literacy for the SUNYLA community.

SILC has several exciting projects upcoming for the 2020-2021 academic year, stay tuned! You may submit any questions to Brandon West, Chair of SILC at westb[at]

Call for Submissions

This site is intended to be a collaborative space for SUNYLA members to share best practices, exchange ideas, and engage with each other on topics related to information literacy instruction.

We are currently soliciting posts that are centered on our work with teaching faculty. Some ideas for posts include:

  • A partnership with a professor(s) or an academic department
  • Successful outreach strategies to faculty
  • A review of a recent scholarly article focusing on this topic
  • An opinion piece

Interested in contributing? Visit our Submissions Guidelines page. Questions can be directed to WGIL co-chairs Alice Wilson ( or Brandon West. (

January Lightening Talk

There was a last minute cancelation and our talk with Christine Faraday has been postponed until a new date can be scheduled. Filling in last minute, Carleen Huxley presented a short talk on her experience teaching a college success course with an information literacy emphasis.


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Lightening Talk Recording: Using an information literacy self-assessment quiz in an online orientation

For those of you who weren’t able to make it to the October Lightening Talk, here is a link to the recording of Dana Longley’s (SUNY Empire) presentation of Using and information literacy self-assessment quiz in an online orientation.