Call for Proposals: LVAIC Information Literacy Symposium

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Call for Proposals: LVAIC Information Literacy Symposium

The 2nd Annual LVAIC Information Literacy Symposium:
Structures of Power in Information

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA

This event will bring together LVAIC faculty, librarians, and other educators invested in teaching students to think, research, and engage critically in today’s complicated information environment.

Whether implementing the scientific method, critiquing media, or evaluating data, our students are confronted by structures of power that influence their learning process. As educators, how do we confront our own assumptions and biases while also helping students develop the skills to navigate their own? What unseen barriers interrupt research? How can we learn from students, within and outside of the classroom, to improve the scholarly ecosystem?

Call for Proposals

We seek proposals for presentations that reveal successes and challenges in information literacy teaching and learning and inspire intercampus dialog about our future information literacy teaching practices.

Proposal deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018

Proposals should fall into one of two formats:

Option A (presentation only): symposium organizers will group individual presentations together by theme
Option B (presentation and facilitation): includes facilitating audience discussion and/or activities

Themes may include, but are not limited to:

  •     Technological and pedagogical tools for evaluating information
  •     Evaluating bias and objectivity in scholarly literature
  •     Constructing syllabi that address structures of inequality
  •     The politicization of information
  •     A social justice lens on information access, production, value, and dissemination
  •     Information literacy as a tool toward civic and community engagement
  •     Learner-centered inquiry - students as collaborators and knowledge creators
  •     Bringing hypothetical scenarios, service learning, fieldwork, or lived experiences into information literacy teaching and learning
  •     Pedagogy and assignments that illustrate a discipline-specific perspective on information literacy such as varying perspectives on authority
  •     Preparing students for post-graduation/workplace information literacy needs

Proposals from faculty, librarians, and/or other educators in all disciplines and levels welcome!

Submission Information

Proposals must include the following information:

  1.     Presentation title
  2.     Presenter names, affiliations, positions, and email addresses
  3.     Preferred presentation format (presentation only or presentation and facilitation)
  4.     A 200-500 word summary of the topic you wish to present, including the points you intend to make and the way(s) you intend to engage the audience (if applicable)

To propose a session, please complete the Structures of Power in Information proposal form by Friday, March 23, 2018.

Contact Information

For more information, please visit the LVAIC information literacy website or contact a member of the LVAIC Information Literacy Learning Community Planning Team:

    Jasmine Woodson, Lehigh University,
    Carrie Baldwin-SoRelle, Lehigh University,
    Jess Denke, Muhlenberg College,
    Kelly Cannon, Muhlenberg College,
    Kim Demyan, Moravian College,
    Rachel Hamelers, Muhlenberg College,

The LVAIC Information Literacy Symposium is funded by the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC).