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Submit a Proposal

***The deadline for proposal submissions was August 3, 2015; proposals are no longer being accepted.***
***Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal!***

Thank you for your interest in submitting a breakout session proposal for the LOEX Fall Focus 2015 Conference!

Successful session proposals will showcase effective and innovative library instruction & information literacy practices, provide valuable information that participants can utilize at their libraries, and be as applicable as possible to a broad variety of academic institutions. They will also be focused on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, or at least part of the session will utilize it in some meaningful way.

Breakout Session: Presentation Format

  • 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.

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
    • How has the Framework impacted that way you teach?
    • What tools or technology do you use?
    • What lesson plans have you developed?
    • How do you make it work for one-shots?
  • Assessment
    • How is it different from and the same as the Standards? How have you changed, if at all, your rubrics and outcomes?
    • What have you developed on your own? What outside measurements and/or vendors have you utilized?
    • How does the Framework allow you to reframe your approach after you've done an assessment?
  • Collaboration
    • How have you worked with fellow librarians to improve your knowledge and skills regarding the Framework?
    • How have you collaborated with non-library faculty to utilize the Framework?
    • What teaching and learning centers, faculty development centers, etc. partnerships have you found beneficial?
  • Marketing & Outreach
    • How have you reached out to gain support, particularly from non-librarian stakeholders such as provosts, for Framework efforts?
    • What marketing materials -- pdfs, brochures, videos, elevator speeches, websites -- have you developed? For students? For faculty?
  • Incorporating into Institutional Systems
    • What impact do you see the Framework having on accreditation?
    • Has the Framework enabled easier and/or better implementation of for-credit classes?
    • What learning objective and curriculum mapping have you done?
    • How has your library decided to implement the Framework: in a programmatic way (e.g., all instruction librarians follow the same program) or in a case-by case fashion (e.g., let each individual librarian decide)? Or perhaps a hybrid approach?
  • Exploring the Conceptual Space
    • Why do you think the Framework is a good idea?
    • Which frame(s) do you find the most useful? Why? Which frame(s) do you feel are not as useful? Why?
    • What concerns do you have about the Framework? How do you think it should be changed, if it should be implemented at all?
    • What do you propose should happen to the Standards?
    • How do non-U.S-based libraries handle this concept? (The Framework was informed by international work but not designed for use globally).
    • There are many theories that inform the Framework (e.g., UbD, threshold concepts, metaliteracy). Which theories do you feel are best for informing library instruction practice? How do you apply those theories?

Submission Information

Proposals can be submitted only through the online submission form (see below) and must be received by Monday, August 3, 2015. 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 Friday, August 28, 2015.

The deadline for proposal submissions has passed; proposals are no longer being accepted. 

If your proposal is accepted, then up to three presenters will be automatically registered for the conference and required to pay registration in full.

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
  • frame(s) which will be discussed during the session

You do not need to be a LOEX member to submit a proposal for the conference. We accept the best proposals, regardless of institution or membership. LOEX membership only matters for general registration, which occurs mid-September 2015.

Contact for presenters: Teague Orblych at fallfocus2015@loexconference.org

Proposal Timeline

  • August 3, 2015: Deadline to submit proposals
  • August 28, 2015: Notification of acceptance of proposal
  • November 13-14, 2015: LOEX Fall Focus Conference in Ypsilanti, MI

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 description, the rubric grades 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 and presenation modes used to inform and also engage the audience