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***Call for Proposals due Friday, December 4, 2015, by 5pm***

SCIL Works 2016

Crossing the Threshold: Engaging with the ACRL Framework

Call For Proposals

Friday, February 19, 2016
California State University, Fullerton

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Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) will be hosting SCIL Works on February 19, 2016. This annual mini-conference, offers librarians the opportunity to share their best practices, innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues. SCIL Works 2016 will focus on the Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

For the last fifteen years, the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education has served as a guiding document for librarians as they designed, taught, and assessed information literacy instruction sessions. According to the Framework, "the rapidly changing higher education environment, along with the dynamic and often uncertain information ecosystem in which all of us work and live, require new attention to be focused on foundational ideas about that ecosystem."

Thus, the Framework introduces a new set of core concepts, or frames, central to information literacy that include the following:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

We seek proposals that focus on teaching, learning, and practices that engage with the ACRL Framework. How are librarians incorporating the Framework into their teaching? What does the typical one-shot session look like when re-designed with the Framework in mind? What do the frames look like in specific disciplines? How are the learning goals for each frame, as described in the knowledge practices and dispositions, addressed? How are libraries and librarians implementing the ACRL Framework?

Example topics could include:

  • Class activities or teaching collaborations that explore various frames
  • Instructional tools created to advance the Framework's learning goals
  • Challenges or opportunities experienced from implementing the Framework
  • Approaches to the Framework from critical pedagogical perspectives

We are accepting proposals for presentations in one of two formats:

Research & Practice Presentation

An hour-long presentation where the presenter shares his/her research or an effective program or practice with participants, includes 10 minutes for Q&A. Each presentation will be presented twice.

Lightning Round Presentation

A live, 5-minute poster session. This presentation could briefly describe a program or initiative, highlight an online tool or tutorial, or exhibit an assessment process or instrument.


Please submit your proposals to Lua Gregory, SCIL Chair,, by 5:00 pm, Friday, December 4th, 2015. All submissions will be blind-reviewed by a panel. Presenters will be notified that their submissions have been accepted by Wednesday, December 16th.

Format of Submissions

You can submit your proposal within the body of an email. Be sure to include:

  • Primary contact name, institution, title, phone number, email
  • Other presenters names (if any)
  • Title of presentation -- labeling it Research & Practice or Lightning Round
  • Short description of the presentation (no more than 250 words)
  • One paragraph describing how this presentation addresses the theme of the program.
  • One learning outcome for attendees

Presenters will receive priority registration.

We appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you!

For information about past events, visit our Events page.

About SCIL

The Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL -- pronounced "skill") interest group is dedicated to providing professional development and discussion opportunities focused on information literacy and instruction-related activities for library professionals from all types of institutions.

CARL is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities at all CARL-sponsored events. Please indicate your special needs or dietary requirements when registering or RSVPing to events. Requests for special accommodations must be received at least two weeks prior to the event.



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