LIRT (Library Instruction Round Table) RoundTable
The 2014 Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Awards nomination period is now open until December 1, 2013.
The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) is pleased to announce the creation of two new awards to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction.
The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award will be presented to an individual librarian in appreciation for her/his contributions to the field, while the LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award will be given to a Library that demonstrates innovation in support of information literacy and instruction.
The awards will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference. Award winners will receive a $1,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to be used to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Awards are sponsored by the Library Instruction Roundtable.
Recipients will be honored at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 26-July 1, 2014. Winners receive a $1,000.00 cash award, a plaque, and a $500.00 travel stipend to attend ALA Annual.
For full details on how to apply for or nominate an individual/library for these awards, please see: http://www.ala.org/lirt/awards
Please join us for the Library Instruction Round Table program during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. If libraries want to remain relevant and vital to their communities, they need to reach out to their users in virtual and physical spaces beyond the traditional library walls. Library instruction is no different. It needs to go beyond the traditional library classroom with 20 computers and a white board. Instruction can occur when a school library works with teachers to aid them in teaching information literacy skills in their own classrooms. Instruction can occur when a public library offers a media lab designed for young adults to experiment and learn. Instruction can occur when an academic librarian works with a residential college to provide instruction. This program will explore how libraries are doing library instruction outside of the traditional classroom, how it benefits patrons, and how other libraries can implement similar instruction initiatives.
Speakers will include Nichole Pinkard, Visiting Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University and co-founder of Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia space, Lynda Kellam, Data Services and Government Information Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and from the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN, Kristin Bernet, the Upper School Librarian, and Alice Bryant, the Middle School Librarian.
Technology has been a driving force in librarianship since the construction of the first library. The last few decades have seen more change than ever before. LIRT’s Technology Learning and Teaching Committee hosts this discussion on technological challenges in librarianship in a variety of areas. Instruction librarians face a number of challenges including staying abreast of the next new idea while continuing to engage users. Opportunities to discuss trends such as digital badges, ebooks, data management strategies and collaboration with IT professionals provide an open venue for librarians of all types to share information and experiences.
LIRT provides a forum for conversation and professional development in library instruction and information literacy, key components to lifelong learning. Critical thinking competencies are essential to this process. As librarians move beyond "how to" instruction sessions, incorporating educational principles and practices, such as critical thinking, will help leverage their collaborations with user communities. Join us as we explore how libraries can promote successful information literacy outcomes through theory-based instruction, practical critical thinking activities, and faculty-librarian partnership in pedagogy.