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.

Deadline Alert: The Innovative Library Classroom conference proposals are due TOMORROW, December 16, 2022!

  • 1.  Deadline Alert: The Innovative Library Classroom conference proposals are due TOMORROW, December 16, 2022!

    Posted Dec 15, 2022 07:50 AM

    ***apologies for cross-posting***

    The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2023

    Pre-conference Workshop, Poster Session, & Social on Thursday, June 1 and Conference on Friday, June 2, 2023

    William & Mary, Williamsburg VA

    "TILC is my favorite conference of the year. It's organized well, by great people, and I always learn something new from every presentation I attend!" - past attendee

    "If you are an instruction librarian, these are your people! I love the spirit of creativity, innovation and sharing that this conference offers to librarians who are teachers."  - another participant's feedback

    We are now accepting proposals for TILC 2023. 

    Our theme this year is "What informs your pedagogy?" This could include exploring questions like: What beliefs drive your practice? What factors affect your teaching? How do you approach teaching in the library classroom? We also welcome proposals which discuss evidence-based pedagogies, such as trauma-informed, critical, reflective, collaborative, and others.   

    We hope this theme will help you brainstorm ideas, but we will welcome any proposals related to innovative practices related to teaching and learning in libraries. Our conference attendees especially appreciate stories of practical application.

    Proposals are invited for four different session types:

    • 2-hour pre-conference workshop (presented Thursday afternoon before the poster session)
    • Posters (presented at the Thursday evening social)
    • 50-minute presentations
    • 7-minute lightning talks


    Selection process and timeline:

    Proposals will be peer reviewed and then selected by the conference organizers to ensure that TILC offers sessions on a range of topics from a diverse set of institutions and presenters. Note that you may be invited to present in a format other than the one you proposed.

    Submission deadline: Friday, December 16, 2022

    Acceptance notification: end of February 2023

    We are planning for an in-person conference. We will follow the best safety practices as recommended by the CDC, Virginia Library Association, and William & Mary. We are prepared to cancel the conference if needed. (We do not have the budget or equipment to do a hybrid conference.)

    We expect registration costs to be about $55.

    Link to CFP:

    Lucinda Wittkower
    Head of Teaching & Learning Initiatives
    Old Dominion University Libraries