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LILi: Lifelong Information Literacy 2017 Conference

2017 Conference Proposal

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4th Annual LILi Conference

Learning Social Justice through
Critical Information Literacy

Monday, July 31, 2017
Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA

We are living in a time of alternative facts, fake news, and information poverty. The 4th Annual Lifelong Information Literacy (LILi) conference will address practical teaching strategies and tools for you. You will feel more confident about including social justice through the lens of critical information literacy in your teaching.

“Critical information literacy differs from standard definitions of information literacy (ex: the ability to find, use, and analyze information) in that it takes into consideration the social, political, economic, and corporate systems that have power and influence over information production, dissemination, access, and consumption” (Gregory & Higgins, 2013). While the new ACRL Framework for academic libraries does not have a social justice frame, it provides structure to address many issues including authority, power structures, voices represented in scholarly conversation, as well as those that are not included.

How can we create safe spaces for students and community members in all types of libraries, in order to learn about power structures influencing information, critically evaluating it, and advocating for information equality and fairness for all?

The LILi group invites you to submit proposals with practical application and built-in audience interaction by April 30, 2017 for either a:

1.    20-minute presentation or
2.    10-minute lightning talks

Please include specifics about your presentation beyond your topic. How will your presentation be interactive? Will you be facilitating any activities for attendees or small group discussions? If so, please describe how you will create a safe space for respectful dialogue and debate about topics that may be sensitive. Will you have any special ground rules attendees should be aware of? Will you need any special accommodations provided by the hosts?

Proposals will be blind-reviewed, so please do not include identifying information in the text of your abstract.  

Submit proposals here

Topic ideas include, but are not limited to:

•    Fake News / Alternative Facts
•    Net Neutrality
•    Digital Literacy
•    Media Literacy
•    Information Literacy
•    Power structures of information
•    Creation and dissemination of information
•    Teaching authority
•    Recognizing voices present and missing in scholarship
•    Incorporating diversity, equity and inclusiveness in teaching & learning
•    Addressing information poverty beyond access to information
•    Learner-focused social justice teaching & learning
•    Developing and assessing programming on social justice issues
•    Engaging diverse learners with interactivity and/or games


Conference Proposal Questions:  Lisa Burgert,
Conference Location Questions (Glendale Community College):  Susie Chin,