LIRT (Library Instruction Round Table)

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The mission of the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) is to provide a forum for discussion of activities, programs, and problems of instruction in the use of libraries; to contribute to the education and training of librarians for library instruction; to promote instruction in the use of libraries as an essential library service, and to serve as a channel of communication on library instruction between the ALA divisions, ALA and ACRL committees, state clearinghouses, Project LOEX, other organizations concerned with instruction in the use of libraries, and members of the Association.

Learn more about LIRT on the ALA website.

CFP: LIT Virtual Conference and In-Person Retreat

  • 1.  CFP: LIT Virtual Conference and In-Person Retreat

    Posted Feb 08, 2022 07:59 AM

    CALL FOR PROPOSAL: LIT VIRTUAL

    The 2022 Library Instruction Tennessee (LIT) Conference will take place virtually, via Zoom, on Monday, May 16, 2022, with a theme of Community–Culture–Comfort.

    What strategies have you used over the last year to foster a sense of community among your library colleagues, and/or with your patrons? What steps have you taken to assess and improve your library's organizational culture? What pedagogies, tools, or practices have you implemented (or discarded) in the interest of making your library a safe and comfortable space for all?  We'd love to see proposals about:

    • Engagement and Outreach
    • Assessment
    • Pedagogy
    • Andragogy
    • Technology
    • Critical Information Literacy
    •  Reflective Practice and Self Care
    • Professional Tips for New Instruction Librarians
    • Hiring, Onboarding, and Management in Instructional Services

    Visit the LIT website (https://libraryinstructiontn.org) to submit your proposal by February 11, 2022!

    Please note: LIT is trying something different this year! While the 2022 LIT Conference will take place virtually through Zoom, a one-day "LIT Retreat" will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. To learn more about the LIT Virtual Conference & LIT Retreat, please visit the LIT website.

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    Call for Proposals: LIT RETREAT 

     In coordination with our virtual conference, LIT is hosting a one-day in-person retreat. Our retreat will be focused on self-centering, conflict management, relaxation, community, and renewal. The LIT Retreat will be held Friday, May 20th, 2022 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

     Now that most of us are back at work, how do you practice self-care? How do you create boundaries? How do you relax? Is there a place, person, or thing you turn to for professional perspective and empathy? Let's talk about maintaining a sense of humanity in our post-WFH world (if you were lucky enough to be there). 

     If you have a special skill or hobby to share with the library community, please do send a proposal. We are keeping it small (capping at 50 attendees) and low-cost (less than $50!). This is not a typical proposal; we don't need topics or presentations *unless* they fit into our theme! We are open-minded otherwise and would love to know how you could contribute to the first ever LIT Retreat!

     No need to submit online, simply email Sarah Smith, Ashley Roach-Freiman, and Jenny Harris at ​​libraryinstructiontn@gmail.com to share your thoughts by February 11. 



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    Sarah Smith (She/Her/Hers)
    District Dean of Libraries
    Saint Louis Community College
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