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Spring Training Schedule

Please join us for our Spring Training on 6/1 and 6/2. You can view the schedule below and there is still time to register!

Wednesday 6/1Thursday 6/2
Session 1
12:00 - 12:50
Junior Tidal & Martha Lerski- Privacy in Information Literacy Instruction - 10 Minute

Brooke Duffy- Contemplative Instruction Coordination: Lessons from the Pandemic - 30

Q&A- 10
Session 1
Jesus Sanabria - "The Internet is Down" Ten Tips to Practice While Teaching Via Zoom. - 10 minutes

Aditi Bandyopadhyay - Teaching Library Instruction classes during COVID-19: Opportunities, Advantages and Challenges- 30 minutes

Q&A - 10
10 minute transition10 minute transition
Session 2
1:00 - 1:50
Madeline Ruggiero- Incorporating UDL Theory when Designing an Interactive Tutorial - 20

Logan Rath- TEAMing up with Students and Faculty: Using Microsoft Teams to Increase Student-Librarian Interaction in Asynchronous Learning. -20

Q&A- 10
Session 2
Romel Espinel - Black Boxes: Rituals and Performances in Online Information Literacy 20 minutes

Q&A - 10
10 minute transition10 minute transition
Session 3
2:00 - 2:50
Tatiana Usova -Intro to Mentimeter - live polling and engagement tool- 20 minutes

Lisa Czirr - Sprouting Perennials: Revisiting what's growing in the classroom after a year back in person - 20

Q&A - 10
Session 3
Megan Benson -Connect and Engage in Packback Discussion Board - 20 minutes

Nicole Williams - Teaching Students How to Learn More Efficiently Using Active Recall, Spaced Repetition, and Anki- 20 minutes

Q&A - 10
Closing of day 1
Thank you and come back tomorrow! Thank you
Thank you

Spring Training – Call for Proposals

LILAC Spring Training Call for Proposals

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022  – Thursday, June 2, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (both days) Eastern Standard Time
Format: Online

Spring Training is back! We are looking forward to reflecting and reconnecting! LILAC is seeking proposals for 10, 20 and 30-minute presentations or workshops.

Topics may address but are not limited to:

-Online tools to support pedagogy
-Neither fish nor fowl: hybrid and hyflex teaching challenges and strategies.
-How do you engage actively, build community, and assess learning with a screen full of zoom boxes? Tips, tricks, best practices?
-“I never taught online until Covid” – Discoveries of people new to online teaching.
-Pedagogies of inclusion and equity
-Teaching about Covid-era misinformation
-Back to “normal”: What should we keep from teaching during lockdown?
-Any form of classroom assessment
-Using Springshare to enhance teaching

Please submit your proposals by Tuesday, May 10 @ 11:59pm: PROPOSAL FORM.
All attendees (presenters and non-presenters) can REGISTER HERE.

*LILAC will hold an in-person social gathering on June 3rd!
Details TBA

LILAC Spring Training Committee
Sharell L. Walker, co-chair
Emma Antobam-Ntekudzi, co-chair
Mason Brown
Linda Miles
Haruko Yamauchi
Stephanie Margolin
Christine (Mi-Seon) Kim

LILAC co-sponsors a Critical Pedagogy Symposium

Keynotes: https://mnylc.org/cps/?page_id=79

Full Schedule: https://mnylc.org/cps/?page_id=325 

Registration: https://criticalpedagogysymposium.eventbrite.com/ 

LILAC is among the co-sponsors of a Symposium on Critical Pedagogy and Librarianship on May 17th – May 19th, each day, 11am – 4pm EST (add time). The event will be held virtually and is open to everyone. The Symposium’s goal is to explore a pedagogy that interrogates and explores structures of power, is designed to address frameworks of anti-oppression, and articulate a vision of justice within the field of library professionals. The symposium was organized by a Committee (see below) and includes workshops, panels, posters, presentations, and lightning talks. 

A critical pedagogy focused on Race 

A critical lens can provide us with tools to understand and dismantle the structures of power and oppression within the library and baked into the positionality of the library itself. In particular, a critical pedagogy that draws in Critical Race Theory (CRT) demands that we understand the centrality of race, racism, and the complexities of intersectional marginalities. CRT understands racism as a phenomenon that is both ordinary and aberrational. Though CRT stemmed from legal studies. It interoperates with multiple fields, including education, and has expanded to communities that center race alongside political identities (TribalCrit, QueerCrit, etc.) to deepen intersectional modes of criticality, furthering the combat of white supremacy.  

Critical Pedagogy has been woven into theoretical spaces within LIS for years now, from  the Library Juice’s 2010 publication of Critical Library Instruction (Accardi, Drabinski, Kumbier Eds. Library Juice Press) to MIT press’s 2021’s, Knowledge Justice  edited by Sofia Leung and Jorge R. López-McKnight, the first collection to directly focus on CRT in LIS. The theoretical frameworks in these texts and many others are now the spine of faculty librarian positions opening at academic libraries. For instance, Critical Pedagogy Librarian roles are being integrated into traditional library teams. What impact might this have on the profession and on institutions? This conference will be a place to think about how we might truly actualize the aspirations of this moment.

How did the Symposium come to fruition?

Initially, the idea was to explore methods of teaching in a remote environment. Co-sponsored with New York based groups such as the Reference and Instruction Special Interest Group (SIG) by the Metropolitan Library Council, ACRL/NY’s Information Literacy/Instruction Discussion Group, the Symposium’s groundwork was laid by two previous Case Studies in Critical Pedagogies forums held in November 2020 and February 2021

The coordinating Committee has 50% BIPOC representation and 50% queer representation. We bring a variety of experience and positionalities to this work, all as providers of public services in libraries. As symposium organizers, an underlying goal is to hold ourselves to a deeper accounting, and to think more rigorously and clearly [by inviting] critiques along the lines of race/ethnicity, indigenous and decolonial perspectives, issues of labor and class, and inclusive of gender/sexuality.

What will the Symposium offer?

The Symposium features more than 50 presenters, showcasing over 30 panels, presentations, workshops, posters, and lightning talks, with two amazing keynotes. Some subjects range from critical analysis to practical applications in: reference by mail to prisons, diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), LGBTQ+ cataloguing, MLIS interrogations, race-centered services, indigenous studies, silos, echo chambers, COVID implications, public libraries, zines, and womanism.

The Opening Keynote will be presented by Jamillah R. Gabriel, the founder of Call Number, a book subscription box specializing in Black literature and authors. Gabriel also co-hosts LibVoices, a podcast that interviews BIPOC librarians and information professionals about their experiences in LIS. Gabriel’s research focuses on issues at the nexus of information and race via a critical theorist lens, and interrogates how hegemonic information systems and institutions impact Black people and communities will get us started. Our closing Keynote is a conversation between the co-founder of Cite Black Women, Christen A. Smith and the co-founder of Black Women Radicals, Jaimee A. Swift. Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Engagement at NYU, and co-organizer of the Symposium, will moderate.

Registration & More Information

Registration is open and is first-come, first serve. The Symposium will be held on Zoom with closed captioning and recording for both keynotes (other events will not be recorded). Interested library folks and anyone interested in criticalities in libraries can register here.

Symposium Committee members:

Emma C. Antobam-Ntekudzi
Instructor/Librarian, Bronx Community College, CUNY

Vikki C. Terrile
Assistant Professor, Public Services and Assessment Librarian & Co-Coordinator of Information Literacy, Queensborough Community College, CUNY

Dianne Gordon Conyers
Associate Professor & Periodicals Librarian, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

Kate Adler
Director of Library Services, Metropolitan College of New York

Linda Miles
Assistant Professor, Head of Reference & OER Librarian, Hostos Community College, CUNY

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz
Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning & Engagement, New York University Libraries & Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt School of Information

Elvis Bakaitis
Interim Head of Reference, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Stephanie Margolin
Associate Professor & Instructional Design Librarian, Hunter College, CUNY

Lesson Plans Sheet

This Lesson Plans sheet is a collection of instruction material from contributing CUNY libraries, organized by LILAC. Our collection includes lesson plans, tutorials, handouts, and libguides focusing on library instruction, both one-shots and credit courses. For each lesson/learning object, we include the college that created the material, the teaching topic(s) covered, format, and relevant links.

Our goal is to provide a space that brings together instructional content from CUNY libraries that can be viewed, shared and and adapted by those doing synchronous and asynchronous teaching.

The document will be periodically updated. If you have questions or would like to submit instruction material please contact LILAC co-chairs Stephanie Margolin (smargo@hunter.cuny.edu) and Emma Antobam-Ntekudzi (emma.antobam-ntekud@bcc.cuny.edu).

Critical Pedagogy Symposium – CFP deadline March 8

CRITICAL PEDAGOGY SYMPOSIUM: Call for Proposals [mnylc.org]
May 17-19, 2021
CFP Deadline: March 8, 2021
More info: https://mnylc.org/cps/

A “working symposium” intends to give professionals within the library and information field, with or without the MLS, including students, the space to learn, collaborate, and engage with critical pedagogies. Our working definition of critical pedagogy includes: teaching and learning in the library that interrogates power structures, distributions of labor, histories, queer, racial inequities, environmental and social justices, and other forms of anti-oppression frameworks. We seek proposals from the perspective of reference, instruction, and fostering relationships outside the library through outreach, liaison work, and programming. Proposals may come in the form of:

  • Individual presentations
  • Panel presentations
  • Discussions
  • Workshops
  • Posters
  • Lightning talks

We envision a symposium that is a participatory learning environment where speakers and participants alike come together in community. Thematically, your work should align with anti-oppressive critical frameworks – such as race, disability, gender, ability, class, etc. We welcome descriptions of current projects, imagined projects, failed projects or theoretical discussions that speak to the following questions:

  • How has the year of mass protest in response to police shootings of black communities impacted instruction practice?
  • How has your library adapted to remote instruction?
  • What are some strategies that you’ve used when engaging with Library patrons?
  • What practices did your library or college develop to support remote instruction?
  • How has the pandemic and its emerging racial and social disparities affected your experience of librarianship?
  • How have you applied critical feminist pedagogycritical librarianship, or the totality of critical race theory to a remote teaching environment?
  • What is your experience in library school in relation to critical librarianship?

We welcome proposals from all positions within the library and information field, with or without the MLS, including students, and invite you to consider proposing on your various departments and experiences in relationship to the above questions and themes.

Proposal and Symposium Timeline: 
Proposals due: March 1, 2021
Notification of accepted proposals: Week of April 1st, 2021
Schedule released: April 12th, 2021
Free registration begins: April 19th, 2021
Symposium: Monday, May 17th – Wednesday, May 19th; 12pm – 4pm

Proposals can be submitted using this google form [forms.gle].

If you have any questions or comments, let us know at criticallibrarysymposium@gmail.com

The May Working Critical Pedagogies Symposium collaborators are:
Reference and Instruction SIG co-leaders: Kate Adler, Director of Library Services, MCNY, Linda Miles, Hostos Community College, & Shawnta Smith-Cruz, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Engagement, NYU,

Chair of the ACRL/NY Information Literacy/Instruction Discussion Group, Dianne Gordon-Conyers

Library Information Literacy Advisory Council, CUNY: Elvis Bakaitis, Graduate Center, Vikki Terrile, Queensborough Community College, and co-chairs Stephanie Margolin, Hunter College, and Emma Antobam-Ntekudzi, Bronx Community College

LILAC in 2020 / Welcoming 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic would forever change the way librarians live, socialize, work and teach. Prior to March 16, 2020, I remember a life that was made up of commuter traffic, in-person meetings, and face-to-face time with students and teaching faculty. Soon an emerging virus would became deadly and very quickly the stay-at-home orders were initiated. Everything changed.

The remaining months of spring 2020 became a semester consumed with figuring out each day while thinking about how best to move forward. CUNY Librarians worked swiftly on plans to provide all our services 100% online. It felt like a scramble to quickly adjust professionally and personally in this new normal. Just as other CUNY groups, LILAC and its members navigated teaching information literacy fully online. Our meetings were a break from the overwhelming transition. Throughout the spring they continued to be a place for us to share ideas, see faces and discuss online instruction success and failures. By the end of the semester there was a palpable collective exhaustion. We decided to scrap plans for a traditional Spring Training; instead we imagined a spring event that  would allow the CUNY community to reconnect and reflect on an unprecedented semester. 

This two day event took place on Thursday, June 4, 2020 – Friday, June 5, 2020. Attendees were given the opportunity to be part of conversations on asynchronous instruction, synchronous instruction, outreach and access. Small groups were facilitated by LILAC members and everyone was encouraged to reflect on their experiences. The event showed how much we had in common. We learned that consistent synchronous and asynchronous instruction requires a lot more work ahead of time. We learned that CUNY Librarians trained themselves those first few months. We utilized familiar tools while incorporating new ones (usually free online tools). Outreach became more about building relationships. The challenge was in keeping the Librarians’ availability “visible” to students who no longer see us on a daily basis. During the accessibility session, many understood the necessity of implementing universal design principles into online instruction material. Notes from the session reveal Amy Wolfe’s (CUNY Central’s Accessibility Librarian) Accessibility Toolkit was especially helpful.

By the fall, we were more prepared. Some of CUNY’s IT Resources for Remote Work and Teaching provided online conferencing options, some video creation, and editing tools. Similar to all other committees and groups, LILAC currently functions completely online. In-person presentations are now virtual and thanks to Linda Miles (Hostos Community College), Ian McDermott (LaGuardia Community College), Robert Farrell (Lehman College), and Christine Kim (Queensborough Community College) we’ve had a great start to the Instruction Chats. We look forward to sharing these recaps with the CUNY Community via our blog. We enter the new year more seasoned and with an openness to keep learning. We are committed to continuing to foster information literacy throughout the CUNY community in our new normal. We will continue to provide a space for members to share teaching materials, tools, and tips for remote instruction. There remains much uncertainty but our resilience proves the adaptability of information literacy. 

This year LILAC is proud to work alongside ACRL/NY’s Information Literacy/Instruction Discussion Group and METRO Reference & Instruction Special Interest Group (SIG) planning the Critical Pedagogy Symposium. This major event will take place on May 17, 2021 – May 19, 2021. It will replace LILAC’s annual Spring Training.  

We are in this together and you are invited to step into a bright future with LILAC.

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