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Breakout Sessions

***The deadline for proposal submissions was November 18, 2016; proposals are no longer being accepted.***
***Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal!***

The LOEX 2017 Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit breakout session proposals for consideration to the 45th Annual LOEX Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The conference will be held May 11-13, 2017.

Successful proposals will showcase effective and innovative library instruction & information literacy practices, provide valuable information that participants can utilize at their libraries, support collaboration, and be applicable to a broad variety of academic institutions.

Breakout Session Formats

Two types of proposals will be accepted:

  • Presentation: A 50-minute session that includes time for a 40-45 minute presentation and 5-10 minutes of question and answer. Most feature a successful program, practice or key issue related to instruction or information literacy. Presentations are intended for an audience typically of 30-70 people. Presenters should include in the proposal a description of the topic and an outline of the presentation.

  • Interactive Workshops: A 50-minute session where the presenter facilitates a learning experience in which attendees develop or explore teaching and/or research techniques. Presenters are expected to facilitate a well-planned and interactive session. Workshops are intended for an audience typically of 30-50 people. Proposals should include a description of the topic and details on how the presenter will make this session a "hands-on" experience for attendees.

For all sessions, the exact number of participants won't be known until the session takes place; however, estimates of attendance and room size based on results of interest surveys will be provided to the presenters before the conference.

Proposal Tracks

Proposals should reflect elements of one of the six tracks:

  • Pedagogy: Reaping and Sowing Transformative Teaching
    Plants need the right mixture of water, sunlight, and nutrients to thrive. How do you cultivate your teaching practice? What ideas or learning theories inspire you? What are the essential elements of vigorous lesson plans and instructional activities? How do you address the needs of your community through instructional design? How do you incorporate diverse perspectives into your teaching?

  • Technology: Saddling Up
    Choosing good riding equipment involves considering the horse, the rider, the budget, and how the equipment will be used. Decisions about technology used for instruction are often made in consideration of similar elements. What technologies are you using to make more effective instructional connections with your students? How are technologies helping to strengthen and extend your instructional reach to new campus communities?

  • Leadership: Taking the Reins
    Sometimes, reins help to gently guide with the current momentum, and at other times, reins are used to boldly guide in an entirely new direction and at a new pace. How have you tailored leadership of your instructional initiatives to meet the needs of your unique communities? How have you inspired colleagues to adapt to rapidly-changing instructional needs? How have you successfully structured a program that enabled another person or group to take the reins?

  • Assessment: The Lay of the Land
    Any farmer knows the importance of alternating crops. Assessment tells us when it is time to try something new to meet the needs of our communities and diverse populations. How do you use assessment in your library instruction programs? How do you show the impact on student success? How are you ensuring that your library instruction is adapting to meet the needs of an ever-changing and diverse student population?

  • Collaboration: Never Ride Alone
    The most successful library instruction programs and outreach initiatives are often the result of collaborative partnerships and differing perspectives. As you ride off together to have new adventures, tell us about who is riding at your side. What successful partnerships have you established with other librarians, academic faculty, departmental staff, campus organizations, or student groups? What have been the key elements of these strong communities and relationships? How do you address dissenting or potentially marginalized voices through collaborative efforts?

  • Innovations and Failures: Roots of Our Success
    Farming techniques are constantly evolving to better meet the needs of our communities. Being willing to try something that might not work is crucial to pushing us forward together as a profession. How are you using what’s innovative and different, both from inside and outside the library world, to inspire your new ideas and projects? How are you taking risks and embracing the possibility of failure to pursue new instructional ventures?

Submission Information

***The deadline for proposal submissions was November 18, 2016; proposals are no longer being accepted.*** 

Proposals can be submitted only through the online submission form (see below) and must be received by Friday, November 18, 2016. The primary contact for the proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and will be notified if the proposal has been accepted for presentation by Monday, January 9, 2017.

If your proposal is accepted, then up to three presenters will be automatically registered for the conference and required to pay registration in full by Monday, April 3, 2017. Presenters are encouraged to submit a full paper version of their presentation (see due dates below) for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings.

Note: Failure to pay the registration fee will result in the cancellation of presentation and conference registration. All presenters are responsible for paying their own travel and lodging expenses.

All proposals must include the following:

  • Session title (limit 20 words);
  • Short description of the session (limit 100 words);
  • Long description of the session (limit 500 words);
  • List of 1-3 learning outcomes (visit Tips on Writing Learning Outcomes from the University Library at UIUC for guidance);
  • Type of audience(s) for which the session is intended

You do not need to be a LOEX member to submit a conference proposal. We accept the best proposals, regardless of institution or membership. LOEX membership only matters for general registration, which occurs on February 3, 2017.

Contact for presenters: Beth Fuchs at sessions2017@loexconference.org

Proposal Timeline

  • Friday, November 18, 2016: Deadline to submit proposals
  • Monday, January 9, 2017: Notification of acceptance of proposal
  • Thursday, May 11 - Saturday, May 13, 2017: 45th Annual LOEX Conference in Lexington, KY
  • May 5 and June 2, 2017: Deadline for all Presentation and Interactive Workshop presenters, respectively, to submit full papers (up to 2500 words) for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings

Proposal Selection Criteria

The committee will be using a rubric to score the proposals during a double-blind review process. Along with the criteria listed under the session format descriptions, the rubric scores each proposal on:

  • Content and objectives of presentation
  • Relevance to the selected conference theme and track and to the field of library instruction
  • Originality and creativity
  • Demonstrated expertise of the presenter(s) on the topic
  • Methods used to inform and also engage the audience

In addition, the rubric scores Presentation proposals on how well they utilize a variety of presentation modes; Interactive Workshop proposals are scored on the degree and type of audience participation.

Presenter Benefits

The solid reputation of the LOEX Conference ensures that presenters benefit as much as their audience. Presenters can expect to:

  • contribute to the field of library instruction and information literacy
  • receive professional recognition at the conference
  • highlight their institution's accomplishments
  • publish a full paper on the presentation topic in the LOEX Conference Proceedings
  • obtain valuable feedback from colleagues
  • receive automatic registration for up to three presenters at the LOEX Conference