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CFP: ALA Annual 2015 Panel - LITA Heads of Library Technology

By sgodbey on March 24, 2015 9:43 AM | Permalink

The LITA Heads of Library Technology (HoLT)  Interest Group seeks 3 – 4 panelist to join the presentation at ALA Annual 2015.

When: Saturday, June 27, 2015 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Where: San Francisco, Room TBD

Presentation Title: Data-Driven Libraries: Capturing Users’ Behavior across Library Platforms

Presentation Description: Libraries are seeking solutions to track how patrons interact with libraries web resources to build data-driven services. The hard part is trying to capture users’ interaction across platforms (library discovery interface, library catalogs, subject databases, and others like social media).

The LITA HoLT interest group will assemble a panel to discuss technologies and best practices to capture user’s interaction with web platforms, visualize the data in various ways.

Physical attendance is required for the presentation and/or attendance at ALA Annual 2015.

Deadline for proposal submission is March 30th, 2015.

Please submit proposals via the form

Teaching Reference Today - Call for Chapter Proposals

By nfawley on January 29, 2015 5:11 PM | Permalink

Teaching Reference Today: New Directions and Approaches

A book edited by
Lisa A. Ellis, Newman Library, Baruch College and Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, Portage District Library, Michigan

To be published by Rowman & Littlefield

Contributors are welcome to submit chapter proposals (in the form of an abstract, 300-500 words) which have not been previously published, to both editors at the email addresses noted below.  Please be sure to include a suggested title, brief bio of 75 words or less, and complete contact information (name, job title, mailing address, email address, telephone and fax number). 

Critical Library Instruction Handbook - call for proposals

By nfawley on January 29, 2015 4:55 PM | Permalink

Do you incorporate critical pedagogy into your library instruction? We are seeking short chapters on using critical pedagogy in lesson design and other components of teaching to compile in a practical, accessible handbook for library instructors.

A criticism of critical theory and critical pedagogy is that the discourse is designed around those with the privilege to contemplate ideas at length, but not really helpful for the practitioner who might have fewer resources (e.g., financial resources, time) to adapt theory into practice.

As a response, this book will provide practical tools and activities to integrate critical pedagogy into library instruction. Short chapters introducing key ideas will alternate with lesson plans and workbook activities where readers will reflect on their own practice or walk through the steps to alter an existing teaching activity. This approach reflects our belief that all librarians can incorporate critical pedagogy into their teaching. One does not need to be an expert in critical theory to get started, but every teaching activity is an opportunity to reflect, learn, and incorporate theory into one’s practice.