Information Literacy Summit: News, Media and Disinformation: Making Sense in Today's Information Landscape

Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m.
Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library
Located at Moraine Valley Community College campus

Keynote Address:
Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Associate Professor and MS/LIS Program Director, School of Information Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Call for Proposals
We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which focus on this year’s theme: News, Media and Disinformation: Making Sense in Today’s Information Landscape. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in the proposal call.

The summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more that one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a breakout session.

Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 11, 2019

Some possible topics include:

  • News and Media Literacy

  • Social Justice and Information Literacy

  • Critical Pedagogies

  • Service Learning

  • Student Curiosity and Creativity

  • Student Centered Teaching and Learning

  • Students as creators

  • Reflective Practice

  • Communities of Practice

  • Applications for the Framework for Information Literacy

  • Programmatic assessments

  • Instructional Design

More info about the Summit can be found at

NILRC Town Hall, Nov. 8 at 11 am

Dear NILRC Members,

 We are hosting a virtual Town Hall for all interested employees at NILRC institutions on Thursday, November 8, from 11 am-12 pm.   

Please join us at that time by using this link:

 We will be discussing our Strategic Plan as well as what we should start, change, or continue as an organization. We are especially interested in hearing from all employee groups.

 Mark your calendars for additional upcoming events and programming:

·         November 29: Info Lit Seminar on free and reusable multimedia (10 am,

·         November 30: OER Summit (College of DuPage)

·         April 26: Learning Innovations Conference (Richland)

·         May 9: NILRC Council of Delegates Meeting (Lincoln Land)

·         October 3-4: NILRC Allerton Conference 2019

 Thank you.


Hilary Meyer



NILRC News: An Exciting Academic Year

August 21, 2018

Dear NILRC Members,

Hello from the NILRC Board, and here’s to the start of another exciting academic year.
As Chair, I’m thrilled to share some of the exciting initiatives our board, committees, and working groups are tackling this year.

In the second year of our Strategic Plan, we’ll be continuing our work on professional development as well as benchmarks, best practices, and metrics, with a special focus on networking and collaboration.

To that end, we’ll be hosting a virtual Town Hall for all members on Thursday, November 8 at 11 am. We’ll share a full agenda soon, but I’m most looking forward to a discussion on staff programming and engagement.

Until then, please encourage all employees at your institution to engage with NILRC in whatever ways they can, whether it’s joining the NILRC listserv or NILRC Facebook Group, attending a webinar or in-person workshop, or volunteering on committees or working groups (send a note to Lisa Sikora if interested).

We are developing webinar topics applicable to staff at all levels. Please share your topic ideas on this listserv or on our Facebook Group.

Another great opportunity for staff to get involved in a leadership capacity is to serve as the Delegate for their institution. NILRC Delegates do not have to be the head of their library or learning resource center. Any employee from a member institution can (and does) serve. If you are interested, or know someone who would embrace this opportunity, contact Lisa for more information.

Finally, as we all continue to work with ever-tightening collection budgets, please reach out to Lisa if you are interested in subscribing to a new eresource or want to see if NILRC can negotiate a better deal on your behalf. There is no minimum institution involvement—Lisa will reach out to vendors on behalf of a single institution.

I hope to see many of you at NILRC’s Allerton Conference on Thursday, September 27 and Friday, September 28. Look for the registration link soon.

You’ll be hearing from me periodically throughout the year as we have news to report and share, but NILRC is only as good as its members—so let’s keep the conversation going. What are you struggling with? What are you proud of? We can’t wait to hear from you.

Thank you on behalf of the entire NILRC Board.


Hilary Meyer

Libraries Aren't Neutral: Teaching Information Literacy through a Critical 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.