3rd European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2015)

We cordially invite you to attend our 3rd European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2015), to be held from 19-22 October 2015, in Tallinn, Estonia.

In the Conference, additional to all aspects of Information Literacy – please visit the Conference website for a detailed list of topics – http://ecil2015.ilconf.org/- the contribution of information literacy to the smart lifestyle and green society issues will be focused and explored. ECIL aims to bring together researchers, information professionals, media specialists, educators, environmentalists, sustainability experts, policy makers, employers and all other related parties from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice.
The conference will be composed of several types of contributions, such as full papers, posters, PechaKucha (short presentations), best practices, workshops, panels, invited talks, doctoral forum; each has different requirements and restrictions regarding the length, time allocation and content. Contributions should be prepared using the templates available through the Conference website and submitted electronically via the conference management system by March 16, 2015.

78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2015

78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting
November 6-10, 2015 – Hyatt Regency – St. Louis, MO USA

Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community


This year’s conference theme provides an opportunity for information science researchers – including academics and practitioner researchers – to discuss the impact of their research on industry, on government, on local/national/global community groups, on individuals, on information systems, on libraries/museums/galleries, and on other practice contexts. The theme highlights the introduction of a new conference focus on Applied Research, which recognizes that basic research in information science is also inspired by, and/or connected to, information practice contexts. Submissions are encouraged that present theoretical or applied research with results that demonstrate one or more of the following themes:
Impact on Individuals
Impact on Society
Impact on Organizations
Impact on Systems & Technology
Impact on Information Contexts

Important Dates:

Papers, Panels, Workshops & Tutorials
Submissions: April 30, 2015
Notifications: June 11, 2015
Final copies: July 15, 2015

Posters, Demos & Videos:
Submissions: July 1, 2015
Notifications: July 30, 2015
Final copies: August 20, 2015

Conference Chair: Lisa Given
Paper Co-Chairs: Brian Detlor, Hazel Hall
Panel Co-Chairs: Heather O’Brien, Alison Brettle
Poster Co-Chairs: Lynn Westbrook, Michael Khoo

Simmons SLIS Continuing Education Winter Workshops 2015

Winter 2015 Online (asynchronous) Workshops
$250 (SLIS Alumni Price: $200)
PDPs: 15
CEUs: 15

January 1 – January 31, 2015

Collection Development and Growth
Crash Course in Library Management
Creating Great Online Research Guides
It’s Easy to be Green: Tween and Teen Art Projects, Programs, and Makerspaces
Web Design Fundamentals

February 3 – February 28, 2015

Digital Integration & Literacy
MARC Basics for New Catalogers
Marketing the 21st Century Library
Preserving Your Collections

March 1 – March 31, 2015

Discovering the Ins and Outs of Interlibrary Loan
Small Library Management
Starting and Growing a Research Business
Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies
Teen Lit Boot Camp: Gender and Teen Lit
The Book as iPad App: Multimedia, Multi-touch ebooks and their Future in


Please check our full schedule for additional workshops!

For additional information on workshops or to register see
http://alanis.simmons.edu/ceweb or contact slisce@simmons.edu

New Sources of Revenue: Naming Rights, Crowd-Funding, Sponsorships and More

New Sources of Revenue: Naming Rights, Crowd-Funding, Sponsorships and More
90-minute workshop with Ed Rossman

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
2:30pm Eastern|1:30 Central
12:30 Mountain|11:30am Pacific


This workshop will provide you with a comprehensive approach for generating sustained revenue streams from underutilized library assets. Through practical step-by-step procedures, Rossman will demonstrate how the process of establishing value, communicating opportunities, and securing steady revenue can be easier and much more efficient than you may think.

After participating in this workshop, you will:

Understand proper procedures and policies to professionally handle flexible, dynamic revenue-generating processes
Be able to use analytic and material usage statistics to establish value and get administrators and marketing staff on board
Understand how to use a features-benefits model to handle promotion and communicate the revenue-generation techniques to your community

Midwinter Institutes 2015 – LITA

Register now for LITA’s Midwinter Institutes.

Whether you’ll be attending Midwinter or are just looking for a great one day continuing education event in the Chicago/Midwest area, we hope you’ll join us.

All workshops will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015, from 8:30-4:00 at McCormick Place in Chicago IL.
Cost for LITA Members: $235 (ALA $350 / Non-ALA $380, see below for details)

Developing mobile apps to support field research

Instructor: Wayne Johnston, University of Guelph Library
Researchers in most disciplines do some form of field research. Too often they collect data on paper which is not only inefficient but vulnerable to date loss. Surveys and other data collection instruments can easily be created as mobile apps with the resulting data stored on the campus server and immediately available for analysis. The apps also enable added functionality like improved data validity through use of authority files and capturing GPS coordinates. This support to field research represents a new way for academic libraries to connect with researchers within the context of a broader research date management strategy.
Introduction to Practical Programming

Instructor: Elizabeth Wickes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This workshop will introduce foundational programming skills using the Python programming language. There will be three sections to this workshop: a brief historical review of computing and programming languages (with a focus on where Python fits in), hands on practice with installation and the basics of the language, followed by a review of information resources essential for computing education and reference. This workshop will prepare participants to write their own programs, jump into programming education materials, and provide essential experience and background for the evaluation of computing reference materials and library program development. Participants from all backgrounds with no programming experience are encouraged to attend.
From Lost to Found: How user Testing Can Improve the User Experience of Your Library Website

Instructors: Kate Lawrence, EBSCO Information Services; Deirdre Costello, EBSCO Information Services; Robert Newell, University of Houston
When two user researchers from EBSCO set out to study the digital lives of college students, they had no idea the surprises in store for them. The online behaviors of “digital natives” were fascinating: from students using Google to find their library’s website, to what research terms and phrases students consider another language altogether: “library-ese.” Attendees of this workshop will learn how to conduct usability testing, and participate in a live testing exercise via usertesting.com. Participants will leave the session with the knowledge and confidence to conduct user testing that will yield actionable and meaningful insights about their audience.
More information about Midwinter Workshops.
Registration Information:
LITA members get one third off the cost of Mid-Winter workshops. Use the discount promotional code: LITA2015 during online registration to automatically receive your member discount. Start the process at the ALA web sites:
Conference web site:
Registration start page:
LITA Workshops registration descriptions:
When you start the registration process and BEFORE you choose the workshop, you will encounter the Personal Information page. On that page there is a field to enter the discount promotional code: LITA2015

Degrees of Impact: Analyzing the Effects of Progressive Librarian Course Collaborations on Student Performance

C&RL Online Forum:
“Degrees of Impact: Analyzing the Effects of Progressive Librarian Course Collaborations on Student Performance”
Tuesday December 2, 2014
11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central | 2pm Eastern
60 minutes
REGISTER in advance or VIEW live
Stated simply, how much instruction does it take to improve information literacy (IL) learning? The Claremont Colleges Library conducted rubric assessment of first-year seminar research papers to analyze this question, evaluating the impact of diverse levels of librarian course collaborations on information IL performance in student writing. Findings showed that progressive degrees of librarian engagement in IL-related course instruction and/or syllabus and assignment design had an increasingly positive impact on student performance. Furthermore, a secondary analysis of librarian teaching evaluations and self-perceived learning gains by students and faculty showed no correlation to rubric IL scores, results which underscore the importance of “authentic” assessment in determining actual learning outcomes. Panelists will discuss their C&RL pre-print study and its implications for effective IL course collaborations at the first year and beyond.
Char Booth: Char is the Director of Research, Teaching, & Learning Services at the Claremont Colleges Library.
M. Sara Lowe: Sara is the Assessment Librarian at the Claremont Colleges Library.
Natalie Tagge: Natalie is the Social Sciences Team Leader at the Claremont Colleges Library.
Sean M. Stone: Sean is the STEM Team Leader & Asian Studies Librarian at the Claremont Colleges Library.
Each C&RL Online Forum will highlight a new C&RL study with a free, live, expert panel comprised of the study’s authors. The Fora are your chance to engage live with the researchers and have your questions answered. The discussions will be broadcast on YouTube.

Applying Copyright in Online Learning Environments

Applying Copyright in Online Learning Environments
A 90-minute workshop with Gretchen McCord


Wednesday, December 3, 2014
2:30pm Eastern|1:30pm Central
12:30pm Mountain|11:30am Pacific

Online platforms have become the base of operation for instruction for both face-to-face classes and distance education; yet current copyright law does not provide direct guidance on what you can legally upload into your CMS. In this workshop, lawyer and librarian Gretchen McCord will break down the elements of course management system (CMS) use and help you assess risk and analyze copyright law to ensure your CMS is within copyright regulations. She will illuminate facets of copyright law that will help you make informed decisions.

You will learn:

  • How to apply fair use and other copyright exceptions to your decision making
  • How to make sound analogies from court decisions on brick-and-mortar cases
  • How to assess risk when using copyright-protected content