Call For Proposal for IULILC 2016

Event: 5th Annual Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium

Date: Friday, August 5, 2016

Location: Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana

Audience: Academic Librarians

Theme: Critical Information Literacy: Empowering Learners for Social Change


Critical pedagogy is an approach to teaching and learning that envisions the educational environment as a site for social change. In recent years, academic librarians have been drawing on the work of theorists and writers such as Paulo Freire and bell hooks in order to bring the theories and practices of critical pedagogy into conversation with information literacy and library instruction. Practitioners of critical information literacy instruction seek to incorporate an emphasis on social justice into the library setting in a number of ways, including resisting the passive banking method of teaching and learning, disrupting and transforming the power relations between teacher and learner, validating student voice and experiential knowledge, and exposing how oppression and societal inequities shape information production and dissemination. The ultimate goal is to empower learners with the knowledge and power to transform their own lives, learning experiences, and the world.


The planning committee for the IU Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium is seeking proposals for 45-minute interactive breakout session presentations that investigate, examine, or describe how critical pedagogy can be enacted in the library instruction setting. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical pedagogy teaching strategies for information literacy instruction
  • Successes and challenges of adopting critical approaches in information literacy instruction
  • Critical approaches to revising the information literacy curriculum
  • Critical approaches to information literacy at the reference desk
  • Classroom or program assessment from critical pedagogy perspectives
  • Communicating with faculty and the campus at large about critical pedagogy
  • Incorporating critical information literacy into library outreach, programming, collection development, or other library services

Proposals should clearly describe how presenters will use interactive strategies to engage attendees. Please submit proposals to by May 9, 2016. Presenters will be notified about the status of their proposal by June 1, 2016.


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