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Forward Focus Conference

The ForwardFocus conference team is pleased to announce that the 2018 call for proposals is now open. We are accepting proposals for both in-person and virtual presentations.

Join us virtually or in-person on Friday, October 19, 2018. The conference is held at Illinois Central College, Peoria campus, with a virtual option for attendees to join us from their desks.

 Conference Theme: The Changing Information Landscape: Libraries in the “Post-Truth” and Open Access Era 

 Call for Proposals:   

It is an important time for librarians to be active in our campus communities. We want to hear about how community college librarians are teaching information literacy, advocating for access, and leading students and faculty into the new information age. This year’s conference seeks to highlight community college libraries as they adapt and thrive in the midst of the current information landscape.

Librarians have a unique opportunity to engage students as their understanding of information is influenced by the current “post-truth” climate. This opportunity, coupled with the changing landscape of information, including calls for open access, availability of emerging formats, and widespread changes to the publishing industry, both challenge and inspire librarians in new ways. 

Tell us about how the current information climate is affecting your collections, instruction, operations and role in the campus community. How are you adapting your physical spaces, promoting digital collections, and teaching information literacy to meet student needs in the emerging information landscape?

Use the breakout time to host a discussion or share a recent project. Some areas of interest may include:

·         Building collections

·         Consortial e-resource sharing

·         Copyright challenges

·         Discovery and access

·         Information credibility 

·         Information ethics

·         Information literacy

·         Open Educational Resources (OER)

·         Vendor/licensing

If you are interested in presenting, please complete a call for proposals form by May 14, 2018.

Questions?  Email or check the conference website for information.

We hope you’ll join us in October.

The ForwardFocus Conference Team

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Illinois Community College OER Summit

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018

Time: Registration/Breakfast 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Program: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: College of DuPage

Cost: $40 ($35 if registered before 10/19/18)

This event is for Illinois Community College faculty, administrators, librarians, and instructional designers to discuss Open Educational Resources (OER). We expect representation from all Illinois Community Colleges. We’ll learn together and share ways to integrate OER at your college and across the state. Please share as appropriate.

More information about speakers, topics, and registration at: https://www.codlrc.org/OERSummit

Registration will open on September 19, 2018.

Registration will close when sold out or on November 16, 2018.

Space is limited!

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Libraries Aren't Neutral: Teaching Information Literacy through a Crtitical Librarianship Lens

What does it mean to apply critical librarianship to teaching information literacy? How can we, as community college librarians, help our students develop skills to solve real-world problems and fight injustice? In this session, we'll discuss practices of critical librarianship in information literacy.

Co-Presenters: Laura Watson, Highland Community College, and Sarah Hill, Lake Land College

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Enriching Learning Environments with Technology

The Department of Instructional Improvement and Distance Learning at Elgin Community College invites you to submit a proposal to present a workshop, information session, or course design showcase. Conference sessions will be 45 minutes in length.


The conference focuses on peer-to-peer sharing between instructors, specifically on the design, implementation and management of technology in quality online, blended and face-to-face courses.





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"You Mean I Have to Cite That?": Teaching Plagiarism in the Online Library World

The Information Literacy Committee is excited to bring you an early Spring webinar:

“You Mean I Have to Cite That?”: Teaching Plagiarism in the Online Library World

A NILRC Webinar

Thursday, March 1st

1:30-2:30 pm

Blackboard Collaborate:  https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/80838257f16849638f50164e085f37bc

This webinar will provide new and creative ideas in teaching plagiarism to community college students.  How have other community college libraries taught this important concept?  Share your own plans for teaching plagiarism. 



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Fitting the Pieces Together: Aligning positions and priorities in challenging times

  • Illinois Valley Community College, Jacobs Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In our challenging budget times, many of us have had to go through restructuring or a realignment of duties due to hiring freezes or a reduction in force. What impact has this made on our organizations? Do we have the right people doing the right jobs? How do we continue to make strategic advancements with fewer people to do the work? What can we learn from one another regarding how staff function across our institutions?

Before and during this hands-on workshop for deans, directors, and supervisors, you will work on mapping library tasks that need to be accomplished to meet strategic priorities, specific job functions, and essential library processes. The day will also include time to learn about job description best practices from the Director of Human Resources at IVCC and an activity centered on strategic priorities. To make the day as productive as possible, please plan on bringing the following items

USB drive
Campus mission & vision statements and goals
Department mission & vision statements
Department goals
Department Service Contract (promised quality measurements to the public)
Department organizational chart
Department staff list by area
Department budget by area or service
Department position descriptions
Task list for at least one position (see template attached)

  • 8:45-9:00         Registration
  • 9:00-9:05         Welcome – Cathryne Kaufman & Frances Whaley
  • 9:05-10:30        Strategic Priorities – David Stern
  • 10:30-10:45       Break
  • 10:45-11:45        Prioritization & Letting Go – Frances Whaley
  • 11:45-12:30        Lunch *
  • 12:30-1:00         Staff tasks – Cathryne Kaufman & Frances Whaley
  • 1:00-2:00         Job Description Best Practices – Leslie Hofer
  • 2:00-2:30         Roundtable sharing of position types
  • 2:30-3:30         Job Description Revision

*Lunch in cafeteria – attendees pay individually

RSVP by July 13

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