Friday, August 12, 2016

C.A.L.L.: Conference About Libraries & Literacy

C.A.L.L.: Conference About Libraries & Literacy
Thursday, February 9, 2017

It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to the first Conference About Libraries & Literacy (C.A.L.L.). The conference is a collaboration between UW-La Crosse Murphy Library, the School District of La Crosse & La Crosse Public Library and will take place at Murphy Library on the UW-La Crosse campus on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Librarians from all types of libraries (school, public, academic, special, etc.) are welcome to attend.

In an age of globalization, interdependence is something we must acknowledge. K-12 students become the community citizens and/or college students of tomorrow. Librarians touch their lives from the beginning of their school years through high school graduation; to after-school-hours and summer programming or as a safe place to go when school libraries close; to vocational job training or university research.
Networking and collaborative initiatives between these groups is the direction of this new conference.

The theme of the conference will be “If Only They Knew.”  If we accept that interdependence is a given in our day and age, then communication is vital. It sometimes takes more of an effort to connect with other librarians in different types of libraries. Through successful collaborative programming examples in La Crosse during the past two years, the C.A.L.L. organizers, who represent various fields of librarianship, can attest to the essential benefits of knocking on doors, proposing relevant programming in the name of coordinating and advancing literacy skills as users advance in their formative years. In our projects with each other, we have observed that if we want to work together for the overall benefits of our users, there are plenty of elements of our particular branch of librarianship that we wished the others knew about. What better way to start the conversation than to bring everyone together for a day of connecting and express what you wish they knew about your particular field of librarianship?

We are delighted to invite presenters on the following topics of interest that may include, but are not limited to:
Successful collaborations which help develop information literacy skills in learners
Innovative programs or initiatives which promote information literacy
Defining information literacy in a digital age

Submission Details
To submit a conference proposal, please use the submission form. The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, October 17, 2016.  The committee invites proposals that address current challenges faced by professionals in the field and are solution-oriented as well as stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement. Presentation formats are 5 minute lightning rounds and 30 minute presentations. Panel presentations are accepted. Notification of acceptance will be Monday, December 5, 2016.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Liz Humrickhouse-Lee,

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference About Libraries and Literacy!

Cindy Halter, School District of La Crosse
Liz Humrickhouse-Lee, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
Teri Holford-Talpe, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
Linda Jerome, La Crosse Public Library

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