Denise Woetzel and Suzanne Sherry attended and presented at The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC), an annual day long conference held at Radford University which is dedicated to the exploration of innovative practices related to the teaching and learning of information literacy in academic libraries. College and university librarians and teaching faculty gathered from Virginia and from other states as far as California to learn about the latest information literacy initiatives developed and implemented at other academic institutions. Denise and Suzanne gained much insight on various information literacy issues related to pedagogical theories, collaborative initiatives, instructional methods, assessment, emerging technologies, librarians’ roles, and marketing. Through networking with conference participants, Denise and Suzanne also learned about the many information literacy opportunities and challenges encountered by other academic institutions.
Some session highlights from TILC 2017 included:
- Meeting your Students Where they Are: Making the Most of Your School’s LMS presented by Bernadette Miro & Mason Yang from Marymount University
- Beyond the CRAAP Test: A New Tool for Source Evaluation presented by Joi Jackson from George Mason University
- One-On-One Research Help: Designing Services that Support Enduring Relationships with First-Year Students presented by Jennie Goforth & Kodi Saylor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Innovating the First-Year Experience Proposal (handout) presented by Denise A. Wetzel from Mississippi State University
- A Single Shot of Critical Pedagogy presented by Katelyn Tucker Burton from Virginia Western Community College and Alyssa Archer & Michele Ren from Radford University
- Urban Legend or Practical Pedagogy presented by Candice Benjes-Small & Jennifer-Whicker from Radford University
- They Want Me to Teach APA for 75 Students? Transforming Citation Instruction for Large (or Small) Classes presented by Lisa Becksford from Virginia Tech University
- The Struggle is Real: Facilitating Information Literacy Learning by Being Leaders of Failure presented by Liz McGlynn Bellamy from Radford University
Denise, Suzanne and Josh Watson also presented a session at the conference, Library Live! Collaborating towards Heightened Information Literacy & Retention in English Composition Classes. During the session they discussed the development, facilitation and assessment of student-centered information literacy activities in several ENG-111 and 112 class sections and how these “class within a class” Library Live sessions increased student retention, engagement and success. Research activities and deliverables as well as pre and post assessment findings were shared during the session.
If you would like to talk to Denise or Suzanne about the conference or collaborate with them on developing and facilitating information literacy sessions with your classes, you can contact them by email or phone: