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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

Later Event: November 5
Website Committee Meeting