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.

The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) Call for Proposals!

  • 1.  The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) Call for Proposals!

    Posted Oct 09, 2023 11:38 AM
    The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2024
    Pre-conference Workshop, Poster Session, & Social on Thursday, June 6 and Conference on Friday, June 7, 2024
    William & Mary, Williamsburg VA
    We are now accepting proposals for TILC 2024: FINITE MEANS. INFINITE USES.

    It's TILC's 10th anniversary!  Gifts for this observation are "aluminum" or "tin", which got us thinking about recycling, reusing, and repurposing, and how this relates to library instruction and teaching. Playing with Noam Chomsky's observation that language makes infinite use of finite means, we ask, "How do librarians create or generate new experiences and interventions from ones that already exist?"

    Possible topics could be:
    • Reusing or repurposing exercises, activities, or lesson plans
    • Reconsidering approaches for classes
    • The role of generative AI in information literacy
    • Adapting ideas and practices from other disciplines to library instruction

    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
    • 5 to 7 minute lightning talks

    We look forward to seeing your proposals!

    2024 Submission Information

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