Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New England Library Instruction Group 2011 Annual Conference Call for Proposals, Lowell, MA

The New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG), an interest group of ACRL New England, is requesting speaker proposals for its annual conference “Exploring Creativity in Information Literacy” to be held at University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA on Friday, June 3, 2011.

This year's program will explore how librarians can foster a rich learning environment where creativity and curiosity of students flourish.

Some of the aspects we could explore include:

• Teaching methods that emphasize “why’s” instead of “how’s”
• Innovative information literacy programs that enhance individualized learning experience
• Inquiry based teaching modes both in reference services and instruction
• Instructional methods that can accommodate different learning styles of students
• Use of technology to facilitate engaging learning
• Instruction programs that include creativity as a learning outcome

Any other topics that address how to incorporate students’ creativity and curiosity in teaching and learning information literacy are welcome.

Each speaker should plan on speaking 30-35 minutes with an additional 10-15 minutes for question and discussion. The total time allotted for each presentation is a maximum of 45 minutes. We are looking for individual, group, or panel presentations by librarians and/or their collaborative colleagues. Successful proposals will include an explanation of how the theme of creativity will be incorporated into the presentation.

If you are interested in presenting a session or a panel, please submit a one-page proposal to Melinda Malik (MalikM@Merrimack.edu) and Young-Joo Lee (yj8303@yahoo.com) by February 28, 2011. Please include complete contact information of all speakers and any technology or other equipment requirements.