Monday, June 4, 2018

IPAL Information Literacy Interest Group Spring Conference 2018 Recap

IPAL/ILA ACRL 2018 by cstone

Thanks to all who were able to attend this year's IPAL Information Literacy Interest Group meeting! We had rich conversations and were able to connect with many colleagues from around the state. We had a new conference format which combined the Iowa Library Association ACRL conference with the IPAL conference, and we had 27 people attend on June 1, 2018 at Drake University in Des Moines. We began our time together sharing out ideas for Professional Development on a shoestring. Those ideas are embedded below.

 After that we broke into Table Topics groups. The themes were:
  • Communication: how can we communicate with colleagues and college constituents? convey value of IL, libraries, and more?
  • Across: how can we collaborate across institutions for research, presentations, scholarship? 
  • Resource bias and "real news:" how do we acknowledge bias in sources and translate that into resource credibility/assessment understanding w/ patrons
  • Techniques and strategies: successful instruction and student engagement strategies, lessons that worked, teaching/class activities, ways to engage through IL
  • Social justice: diversity, equity, inclusion in the IL context
We've done our best to interpret handwriting, but let us know if we missed something! We've embedded those notes below.

Finally we wrapped up with Solution or Sympathy. We've embedded below the talking points, and we'll also include the asks we weren't able to get to in person -- feel free to continue the conversation in the comments on this post!

Thank you to all who participated in the conversation and for your helpful feedback and interest in helping in the future! We're so grateful to work in a state with such wonderful colleagues!

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