LIRT Conference Program 2016


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The Wonderful World of Library Instruction:
Pedagogy and Practices to Inspire Teaching

Sunday, June 26, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Orange County Convention Center -- Room W104

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) is hosting a panel presentation, “The Wonderful World of Library Instruction: Pedagogy and Practices to Inspire Teaching,” on Sunday, June 26, from 8:30 am -10:00 am in room W104 of the Orange County Convention Center!

Peek behind the scenes at best practices and pedagogy designed to create magical moments in which learners explore the concepts of information literacy. Embark on a journey through the realm of threshold concepts, frameworks and Common Core to investigate proven teaching strategies designed to create impactful learning, inspired teaching and creative programming. Join a panel of three innovative instruction librarians as they reveal evidence based instruction techniques that will engage library users, enhance critical thinking and inspire lifelong learning.  Panelists for this year’s program include:

Public Library

Andrea Sáenz, First Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Public Library

In a global environment, libraries remain community hubs and trusted places for learning and exploration. They can serve as pivotal resources for individuals seeking to advance their skills, build their knowledge, and apply their learning. For libraries to do this well requires, not only investment in quality programming, tools and content, but also training librarians so that they can remain up to date with evolving learning resources, methods and tools to continue fulfilling the mission of the 21st century library. This presentation will share case examples of Chicago Public Library’s work to meet evolving patron needs across programmatic areas that support lifelong learning, with a specific emphasis on STEM and digital skills for underserved communities.

School Library

Jennifer Underhill, K-12 school librarian, Florida State University Schools (the FSU Lab School)

Action research is a process of inquiry designed to evaluate and improve instruction or programming in the school setting. Action research helps educators reflect on current practices, problem-solve, and collect data that can be shared with administrators and colleagues. In a school library setting, a small action research project can make a big impact on information literacy instruction and library programs. The process can be intimidating and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. This presentation will share examples of successful action research projects and outline a process for action research that can be replicated in any library.

Academic Library

Silvia Lin Hanick, First Year Experience Librarian and Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College

As librarians, our information needs do not begin and end within library walls. When we watch the evening news, flip through magazines, or scroll through social media feeds, we automatically evaluate the structure, intent, and delivery of our content sources to identify authoritative voices, biased views, or commercial interests. While information literacy instruction should start with the library, it is most powerful when it extends beyond the single academic assignment; with a shift toward conceptual teaching, we can teach our students to reimagine the conditions of their entire information landscape. This presentation will share activity and assignment ideas inspired by threshold concepts and the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy, designed to be used in first year and one-shot academic library instruction and elsewhere

For more information about Silvia and her work on threshold concepts, including recorded presentations and handouts, please visit