Tuesday, September 18, 2007

36th Annual LOEX Conference


36th Annual LOEX Conference
May 1-3, 2008
Oak Brook, Illinois

The Illinois LOEX Committee invites you to submit proposals to be considered for presentation at the 36th Annual LOEX Conference. The 2008 conference theme, Librarian as Architect: Planning, Building & Renewing, explores the meaningful building of supportive information literacy learning environments and experiences in instruction.

Presenters are encouraged to think creatively about the theme. Proposals should provide active engagement of participants, model best practice, provide useful information, skills, or ideas or include effective and innovative practices and collaborative approaches. Successful proposals reflect elements of the six themes.

- Assessing Needs & Outcomes includes assessing user needs, assessing student learning, assessing information literacy initiatives, peer assessment, and evaluating teaching or instructional tools.

- Breaking Ground includes comprehensive planning or implementation of cutting edge innovation, technology, or emerging trends in all aspects of information literacy and instruction.

- Building Relationships focuses on innovative approaches to collaboration on or off campus and the development of new communities or increased diversity.

- Laying the Foundation refreshes thinking about fundamental aspects of information literacy and instruction, including the pedagogy of teaching, the instructional design process, core curriculum initiatives, ethics, and the relationship between information literacy and intellectual property.

- Creating Learning Spaces stresses new uses for old spaces, showcases new spaces and explores using virtual spaces.

- Cutting the Ribbon includes creative ways to deploy new technologies, promote new programs, integrate new initiatives with existing programs, and renew ongoing programs.

Three types of proposals will be accepted.

Breakout session: A 60-minute session that includes time for a 45-minute presentation and 10-15 minutes of question and answer. These sessions are the core of the conference program. Most feature a successful program, practice or key issue related to instruction or information literacy. Breakout sessions are intended for an audience typically of 50-70 people. Presenters should include in the proposal description the topic and an outline of the presentation.

Interactive workshop: A 60-minute session where the presenter facilitates a learning environment in which attendees develop teaching and or research techniques. Presenters are expected to facilitate a well-planned and interactive workshop. Although the exact number of participants won't be known until the session takes place, estimates based on room size and interest surveys will be provided to the presenters before the conference. Proposals should include a description of the topic and details on how the presenter will make this session a “hands-on” experience for attendees.

Poster session: Library students will be invited to propose poster sessions. Further details about proposing poster sessions will be posted in a separate call for proposal.

Submission Information
Deadline for proposal submission is Friday, November 16, 2007. Proposals must be submitted through the online submission form.


Christine Kickels
LOEX 2008 Planning Committee

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