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Save the Date / Call for Proposals for the 8th Annual LILi Conference

Please save and the date and consider submitting a proposal for our next LILi Conference. Read more about LILi, the conference, and how to submit in our CFP. All LILi conferences are free and open to anyone interested in life long information literacy. Our 8th conference will be fully virtual and we hope you will consider joining us!


Proposal Deadline: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Conference Theme: What You Don’t Know & Are Afraid to Ask: Teaching Ourselves & Others

When:  Friday, July 9, 2021 tentative time 10 am - 3:30 pm PDT HELP: Time Converter

Where: Virtual via Zoom


Join us on social with #LILiConf2021

LILiCON is a free virtual conference.


What we are seeking in a CFP & presenter considerations

Lifelong Information Literacy (LILi) welcomes everyone interested in topics of lifelong information literacy to submit proposals for engaging and interactive presentations related to this year’s conference theme, What You Don’t Know & Are Afraid to Ask: Teaching Ourselves & Others.


For LILi Con 2021 we invite session formats that work and flow well in the virtual environment. The conference theme, What You Don’t Know & Are Afraid to Ask: Teaching Ourselves & Others, is about examining and reflecting on who we are as teachers, learners, or any stakeholder in that relationship through time, space, format (online, in person, hybrid), and location such as: in community, in the home, at the institution, in the streets, and in our learning journeys. As we know, teaching/learning is a relationship that is dynamic and multifaceted. This conference will explore and include discussion about what it means “to educate”, “to learn”, and the process of learning including where we learn, how we learn, what we learn, do not learn, unlearn, re-learn and beyond.


Possible/example presentation topics for submission (in relationship to information literacy):

· Learning communities; pedagogies; community teaching and learning; community work 

· Creating inclusive instructional environments in a remote world; what skills and ideas are needed?

· Land acknowledgments; indigenous-led topics and themes; tribal histories

· Advocacy and abolition; access and the digital divide

· Universal Design in information literacy

· Information literacy for workers and learning on the job    

· Decolonizing the LIS curriculum

· Educational equity and trauma informed teaching

· Effective classroom management; facilitating synchronous and asynchronous sessions with equity in mind

· Negotiation skills; how to get buy-in


Questions that we wish to unpack are:

· How can we critique and expand on the settings of pedagogy - the formal, the informal, and everything in between and outside?

· Who are we learning from and who else should be involved in that learning?

· What did you not learn that you wish learned and why? 

· In what communities do we learn/teach and what is our relationship, responsibility(ies) to the community(ies)?

· What responsibilities do we hold in this dynamic process of education, both formal and informal? 

· How and why do we re-learn and unlearn? 

· What do we want to learn? Either as an individual, group, and beyond?

· What are we afraid to ask? 

· What is being left out that should be included and what needs to change?


We endeavor to support everyone who is interested in presenting, but ask that proposals not advertise or promote paid services or consultancy. LILi conferences are to be free, shared learning spaces for all. We especially encourage students, and early-career folks to be part of our conference - do not hesitate to submit. We want anyone who is interested in this conference theme and the LILi mission to be part of our LILi community. 


All presenters, presentations, related materials, and are asked to ensure:   

· Accessibility - Presentations should be in an accessible format. See Do-it’s, “Equal Access: Universal Design of Your Presentation” for some guidance. 

· Conference format - The conference format will be virtual, presenters will want to consider how best to disseminate their content in an online format. 

· Community values - Presenters and attendees are asked to uphold our LILi Community Agreements Policy (forthcoming and will be placed on our website) and Code of Conduct Policy

· Engaging online sessions - Proposal submissions should support attendees to gain confidence, empower/agency, or provide practical skills with evidence and strategies.


Submission proposal information 

Session formats will include 10-minute lightning talks, 20-minute presentations, a poster session, and virtual roundtable discussions. Please tell us your preferred presentation format when prompted on the proposal submission form.


We encourage you to present on topics you are passionate about with a lens of lifelong information literacy. If you are not finding topics of interest in the possible/example presentation topics, we support potential presenters to envision how their interests can align to the conference theme. Our conference is only as good as the creativity of our presenters. Review example themes for ideas to help you with your proposal submission. To be considered you will need to complete the submission form - linked under the heading “How to submit”.  

How to submit

Submit proposals here:  by Thursday, April 15, 2021 


About LILi

LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy) is an acronym for a group of librarians from various types of libraries and beyond. Our mission is to investigate information literacy definitions, standards and instruction. 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.


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 website:


Previous conferences 

Learn more about previous conferences, presentations, and more by visiting:


LILi community agreements and conference conduct 

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, and beyond. 


All conference registrants and presenters are expected to uphold the LILi Code of Conduct Policy found here: and our Community Agreements Policy (forthcoming to be added on our website before the conference). 


For questions contact:

LILi Chair, Eva Rios-Alvarado at or LILi Vice-Chair, Liz Cheney at 

Call for Proposals

6th Annual LILi Conference

Friday, August 2, 2019, 9:30am - 2:00pm

CSU Northridge Oviatt Library

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

Creating Connections: Extending Our Instructional Reach Through Collaborations and Community Partnerships

How has your library developed successful instruction-related collaborations with other libraries, departments, organizations or community members? Do you have an idea percolating that you would like to “workshop” with LILi conference participants for feedback...or perhaps gain a new instruction focused partnership?  Collaborations start with relationships and interactions between people.  By working beyond traditional boundaries libraries can deliver better instruction, outcomes and value for their patrons and communities. This has become especially important for today’s libraries regardless of type, size or location, allowing them to surpass what each could accomplish on their own.

Lifelong learning and information literacy (IL) development occurs in countless contexts and communities, within and outside the library. LILi invites you to share your library or program's innovative instruction-related collaborations and relationships by submitting proposals with practical application with potential for adoption across library types. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following, all as related to making connections in order to foster information literacy and empowerment:

  • Instructional outreach initiatives
  • Instruction-related programming for various populations, including children, teens, seniors, immigrants, English language learners, and other marginalized groups
  • Workshops, one-shots, credit courses, and training sessions supporting students/users/patrons in online and face-to-face settings
  • Embedded librarianship collaborations
  • Teaching through community archiving
  • Teaching partnerships between libraries and advocacy organizations
  • Academic, school or public library instructional partnerships
  • News and media literacy
  • Digital citizenship
  • Service learning initiatives
  • Guiding people through new methods of information discovery
  • Teaching with transformative technologies
  • Creating lifelong learning opportunities
  • Unlearning, re-learning, decolonizing, or other relevant info-pedagogy
  • Building networks and engagement to promote information services and instruction
  • Local, international, and digital partnerships and best practices 

LILi Conference Code of Conduct:

Questions? Email Mary McMillan at or Annie Knight at

Save the Date / Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018
How has your library fostered information empowerment among its users? LILi invites you to share your library or program's innovative teachable moments by submitting proposals with practical applications. Lifelong learning and information literacy (IL) development occur in countless contexts and communities, within and outside the library. Given the skills required to compete in a rapidly changing modern knowledge economy, we can learn from our colleagues in all types of libraries. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following, all as related to information empowerment:
  • Community outreach and organizing strategies
  • DIY publications (e.g., zines, podcasts, blogs, apps) and other knowledge sharing creations
  • Programming for various populations, including children, teens, seniors, immigrants, English language learners, and other marginalized groups
  • Workshops, one-shots, credit courses, and training sessions supporting students/users/patrons in online and face-to-face settings
  • Community archiving
  • Metaliteracy
  • Data Literacy
  • Digital citizenship
  •  Makerspace and escape room activities that foster transferable problem-solving skills
  • Open educational resource (OER) and open pedagogy initiatives
LILi invites you to submit proposals with practical application and built-in audience interaction by April 20, 2018for a 15-minute presentation. Notification of acceptance by May 18, 2018.
Submit proposals here:
Questions? Annie Knight ( or Susie Chin (

Save the Date / Call for Proposals

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,

NOTE: All presentations now linked on the Program page.

3rd Annual LILi Conference:

“What Would it Look Like If…?”

Monday, August 8, 2016, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Pierce College
Great Hall/Student Community Center
6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91371


Imagine having unlimited resources for developing information literacy and lifelong learning opportunities in your library or in partnership with others.  That’s right…just imagine!  Oftentimes, librarians protest that the primary obstacle to developing that great idea, program, or service is a lack of funding, staff or some other needed resource.  While this is certainly a genuine concern, what if those barriers were removed and the only things required for success were a bit of ingenuity, motivation, and collaboration? 

The purpose of this year’s conference is to encourage librarians to explore innovative ideas, creative solutions, and imaginative applications for cultivating information literacy competencies across a lifetime.  How can libraries of all types join forces to better share resources, produce engaging programming, foster skill development and support student success?  Is there something you have always wanted to do, but simply didn’t have the means to make it a reality?  Bring your ideas to share as there may be a future partnership just waiting to be discovered.  Let’s have fun and pretend the sky is the limit!

Keynote: "Crystal Balls and Light Bulbs: Shining Light on Library Futures"

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Librarianship Program & Department Chair of Advanced Studies in Education & Counseling at CSU, Long Beach will be the keynoter at the third annual LILi conference.  Dr. Farmer has worked as a library media teacher in K-12 school settings as well as in public, special and academic libraries. This conference offers opportunities for creative thinking, cooperation and collaboration among different types of libraries for a common goal: supportive, sequential information literacy instruction for all levels and in all types of libraries.  Dr. Farmer will offer her ideas and vision for partnership in support of this goal.

The LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy) group invites you to submit proposals related to information literacy and collaboration for lifelong learning for 20-minute presentations and 10-minute lightning talks. Proposals will be blind-reviewed, so please do not include identifying information in the text of your abstract.  Topic ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative or creative ILI partnerships among academic, K-12, public and special libraries
  • Creative fundraising and ways to obtain needed resources
  • Marketing, publicity & promotion for collaborative ILI
  • Establishing ILI connections and partnerships
  • Assessment of ILI partnership efforts
  • New, innovative ILI pedagogical approaches
  • Sequential ILI across two or more institutions or organizations
  • ILI co-teaching
  • Common Core Standards and/or California State Standards
  • ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and/or ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards
  • AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner
  • (PLA site) and/or (US government site)
  • Effective uses of new technology to support ILI
  • Outreach for successful transfer and transitions from high school to college
  • Working with classroom teachers in developing ILI

Deadline for submissions:  May 1, 2016

Notification of acceptance by:  May 25, 2016


Conference Proposal Questions:  Angela Boyd:

Conference Location Questions (Pierce College):  Esther Grassian

For more information about LILi:

2d Annual LILi Conference:
"Collaboration for Lifelong Learning: Innovative and Effective Approaches to Information Literacy"

Monday, 3 August 2015, 9 am - 1:30 pm
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA  90045
Questions? Elisa Acosta (Loyola Marymount University)

Can public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries collaborate to promote information literacy and lifelong learning?  Lifelong learning is not confined to childhood or the classroom, but takes place throughout a range of situations in life including the workplace.  How do libraries of all kinds best engage with their communities and make creative partnerships to meet the challenges?

What has worked for you and your colleagues in helping children / students / teachers and faculty / job-seekers / veterans / seniors and more when teaching lifelong learning?  How have you reached out to those in various library institutions to help each other with such efforts?  Share your innovations, experimental attempts, successes and failures.

Kathy Gould, Director of the Palos Verdes Library District, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual LILi conference.  Ms. Gould will address public library partnerships with schools and other community organizations, and how we work together to enhance both information literacy and lifelong learning.  Michael Barb, School and Student Services Librarian at Palos Verdes Public Library, will add brief information regarding his work with schools. A panel of librarians from other types of libraries will react to the talk with ideas for bringing other types of libraries into the mix. The aim is to highlight a crucial area for cooperation and collaboration among different types of libraries toward a common goal: offering supportive, sequential information literacy instruction (ILI, including lifelong learning) for all levels and in all types of libraries.

Panel: Susie Chin, Glendale College and Sarah Clark, Windward School.

Information Literacy lies at the core of lifelong learning.  It empowers people of all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals.  It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion of all nations.  – Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning