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The website for Lifelong Information Literacy (LILi)

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7th Annual LILi Conference

LILi is honored to provide our first virtual conference for free to all attendees! Stay tuned for Zoom meeting details.

"Full Focus 2020: Engaging Our Library Communities"

Thursday, July 30, 2020

10:00am - 3:00pm​

Location: Zoom

​#LILiConf2020 #LifelongInfoLiteracy

Attention is a finite resource, and an increasingly limiting factor in our complex information landscapes. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, many of us who have never been involved in distance learning are moving our instruction online at short notice. What strategies have you found for grabbing and holding attention? What has worked for you and what hasn’t? How do we bring our teaching and learning to life? 

Below is the conference program.


Questions? Please contact:

Claire LaPolt at or Eva Rios-Alvarado at

LILi is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. For disability accommodations (e.g. sign language interpreters, additional formats) please contact the above organizers as soon as possible.

LILi = a group of librarians from various types of California libraries, investigating information literacy definitions, standards and instruction in California, in order to craft effective models of lifelong, sequential information literacy instruction.

Why would you want to use this site?

  • To find links to information literacy/competency, information researching, critical thinking sites, lesson plans, and more.
  • To discover how other libraries in California are helping their users learn how to learn.
  • To make use of standards and guidelines relating to information literacy/competency teaching and learning.

LILi is an acronym for a group of librarians from various types of California libraries. Our mission is to investigate information literacy definitions, standards and instruction in California. The group will use the results of the investigation to craft effective models of lifelong, sequential information literacy instruction that consider previous knowledge, abilities, specific tasks and needs, evolving technology, future opportunities, and on-going collaborations among all those committed to information literacy in California.

What is “information literacy”? There are many different definitions, although most would agree that information literacy includes the ability to identify, locate, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically or responsibly (adapted from American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report, 1989; University of California. Academic Council. University Committee on Library. 2003. “Resolution on Information Literacy"). In many institutions, librarians work hard to come up with a definition of information literacy and a list of competencies that can serve as expected learning outcomes, standards for measuring the success of information literacy instruction programs. Often, librarians then try to find out what their constituencies already know and which information literacy gaps they need to address. Once they know about the gaps, they can design programs and materials to help their learners close those gaps. Finally, librarians can measure their success in this endeavor through various means of assessment, and adjust their programs and materials accordingly.

This is a typical development, implementation, and review cycle for information literacy within an institution, and can be quite effective within a single institution. However, institutions and organizations at many levels, in many locations, and in many types of environments are developing and implementing information literacy programs. In what areas do these programs overlap? Are there gaps, areas not addressed at all, or addressed in only minimal fashion? Should there be overlaps? i.e., are there areas that need repeated instruction? Who should be responsible for helping people learn information literacy competencies, and at what educational and age levels? What emphases should be placed on which competencies, and at which educational and age levels?

LILi hopes that its investigation will lead to answers to these questions and others, as well as fruitful and effective collaborations among all of those interested in information literacy in California.

Bylaws (adopted December 12, 2008; revised June 10, 2013)

LILi members are particularly interested in sequential information literacy in all types of libraries, as well as information-literacy-related events in California.

Use the LILi Facebook site and Google Group (listserv) to share news and events on information-literacy-related topics, activities, projects and events, and more, for all types of libraries.

Please send information to LILi Advisory Board members to post new links or other materials on this guide.

Become a LILi Member! Join the LILi Google Group for meeting agendas & announcements!


Claire LaPolt (Chair 2019/2020)

Flintridge Preparatory School

4543 Crown Ave., La Cañada Flintridge CA 91011

(818) 790-1178


Eva Rios-Alvarado (Vice-Chair/Chair Elect 2019/2020)

Student Equity & Outreach Librarian

Mt. San Antonio College

1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut, CA 91789

(909) 274-5694


Mary McMillan (Past Chair 2019/2020)

Professor / Digital Resources Librarian

El Camino College

16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90506

(310) 660-3593 ext. 6482


Jennifer Silverman (Secretary 2019/2020)
Assistant Librarian
West Coast University
1477 S. Manchester Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 876-6082 Ext. 44082


Yi Ding (*Web Manager 2019/2020)
Online Instructional Design Librarian
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330
(818) 677-3916


Esther Grassian (*Listserv Manager)

Adjunct Lecturer, UCLA Information Studies Dept.

Adjunct Librarian (Pierce College)

Information Literacy Consultant & Lecturer

Distinguished Librarian (UCLA), Emerita


Advisory Board

Marcia Henry (Term expires 31 Aug 2020)


California State University, Northridge

Northridge, CA 91330

(818) 677-3012


Caroline Coward (Term expires 31 Aug 2021)

Library Group Supervisor

NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena CA 91109

(818) 354-9263


Michael Habata (Term expires 31 Aug 2021)


Pierce College

6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills CA 91371

(818) 719-6409


Liz Cheney (Term expires 31 Aug 2021)
Research & Instruction Librarian
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330
(818) 677-4729


Ashley Kagan (Term expires 31 Aug 2021)
Children’s Librarian
Los Angeles Public Library, Kaufman-Brentwood Branch
11820 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 377-5491


Diego Coaguila (*Term expires 31 Aug 2020)
MLIS Student, San Jose State University
(480) 648-1779‬


* indicates an appointed position. 



Web Committee

Yi Ding (Chair), California State University Northridge
Angela Boyd, San Diego Miramar College
Ryan Gan, El Camino College
Jonathan Lee, Los Angeles City College

  • The LILi web site serves to support and enhance the LILi mission.
  • LILi web page links are selected based on the following criteria:
    • has relevance to information literacy
    • is useful to a particular type of library
    • is useful to many types of libraries
    • provides practical information-literacy-related help or examples
    • encourages continuing education related to information literacy
  • Anyone may submit suggestions for links to LILi members.
  • LILi Advisory Board members who are actively employed in a particular type of library in California are responsible for selecting and checking links, and for succinct link descriptions for the LILi web page for that type of library.
  • The LILi Advisory Board Chair serves as overall site Editor.

Lifelong Information Literacy (LILi) strives to support an open exchange of ideas within a safe and respectful environment. We value your attendance at our conferences, business meetings, and events. We are dedicated to providing a positive experience for our participants. We want our events to be welcoming, supportive, and comfortable for participants regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, citizenship or other group identity.

Please give respectful consideration to the perspectives and opinions of all present, and use discretion with photographs, recordings, and sharing. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, LILi may take any action it deems necessary, including warning the offender or removing the offender from the event. Event organizers will assist attendees in contacting building/venue security or local law enforcement or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment so they feel safe for the duration of the event. If you are being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a LIL Mini-conference organizer immediately.

To report an incident or problem to the LILi Mini-conference Organizers during the mini-conference: Go to the Registration Desk or talk to a LILi Mini-conference volunteer.

Questions?  Please contact Susie Chin,


This policy is adapted from the policies of:

This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. It is public domain, no credit and no open licensing of your version is required.