Inclusion as a Radical Choice: Reimagining Information Literacy for All
The last three years have seen many changes in libraries as we have strived to be nimble in the face of rapid change. The COVID-19 pandemic was a force that shaped how we provide library instruction, as many learning environments rapidly pivoted to virtual spaces and have gradually become more in-person and hybrid. The political environment in the United States has made concepts like intellectual freedom and information privilege divisive, thus heightening the need for strong information literacy programs. As a profession, we have had our fair share of challenges to react to, making every sector of librarianship question how we should move forward and support our users meaningfully.
For example, can we meaningfully teach information literacy skills when we have the contested “one-shot” as our main force of introducing, teaching, and helping students master such essential skills? What does teaching information literacy look like in political environments that attempt to stifle access to resources? How do we stop being reactionary and become active agents in shaping our profession to better support our students and ourselves as professionals?
In this keynote, we will discuss how choosing inclusion is a radical act that can serve as one of the most powerful tools in our active pursuit to shuck the inclination to react to change and instead become an agent of dynamic change. Reacting to change is okay, but it cannot be the only thing we do to shape the learning environments we inhabit, create, and maintain. We’ll reflect on the active choices we can make that intentionally shape our instruction and outreach cultures and reflect on opportunities to actively choose inclusion to push past what has been and further shape our learning environments.
More information about keynote speakers and other session presenters will be updated as it becomes available.
The El Paso Community College - Northwest Campus Library will be hosting Texas Library Association's 2023 Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Summit.
|Friday, December 8, 2023
8:45 am - 4:10 pm (CDT)
|Virtual via MS Teams
TxLA’s Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Summit is a virtual, one-day conference on library and information literacy instruction topics in academic, public, school, or special libraries. Attendees will interact with other library instruction enthusiasts and learn from one another in a collaborative, intimate, low-stress environment. All interested in library instruction and information literacy are welcome to attend and apply to present. You do not have to be a member of TLA or LIRT. This year’s summit will occur on Friday, December 8, 2023, via MS Teams.
Cost: $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members.
The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) provides a forum for discussion of activities, programs and problems of instruction in the use of libraries or information literacy; to contribute to the education and training of librarians for library instruction; to promote instruction in the use of libraries as an essential library service; and to serve as a channel of communication on instruction in the use of libraries.
More information is available on the TxLA LIRT site.
Lorely Ambriz / Chair 2023-24 | Margaret Dawson / Chair-Elect 2024-25 | Kelly Hoppe / Past Chair 2022-23 | Laurie Bruns / Secretary/Treasurer | Joshua Wallace / Councilor | Linda Gray / Alternate Councilor
Lorely Ambriz | Kristin Sanchez | Blake Klimasara | Rachel Murphree | Priscilla Basurto | Diana Olivares | Ana (Lizzie) Ochoa | Amanda Gomez