Call for Proposals for ALA: News literacy

If you work with middle school, high school, or college-age populations, please consider applying for the ACRL Instructional Session program. This program is a highlight of the Annual conference and is often SRO. This year, the committee has chosen news literacy as the focus. We are looking at what our colleagues over in Communications and Journalism are doing to prepare the next generation of journalists for 21st Century media and communications. Our hope is to inform our instruction and begin to look at how we prepare young people to interact with media in critical, analytical ways.  If you are a librarian currently using news literacy in your practice, we would love to hear from you through a proposal!

Call for Proposals (ALA Annual 2013) – News Literacy
The ACRL Instruction Section’s Program Planning Committee is seeking 3 librarians to deliver lightning talks (6 and a half minutes each) on the topic of news literacy at ALA Annual in Chicago (June 27-July 2, 2013). 
The Program, “All the News That’s Fit to Teach: News Literacy Instruction,” will address the need to educate young adults in news literacy, the ability to think critically about print, broadcast, and online news. An invited feature speaker will begin the program with a 45-minute talk on current research and national initiatives in news literacy.  We are seeking 3 librarians who will follow up this presentation with brief talks highlighting successful news literacy instructional programs in academic libraries.
Proposals should be submitted online at Deadline for proposals is Tuesday, October 9.
We will notify you of the status of your proposal by November 1, 2012.
Additional information:
  • Speakers do not need to be members of ACRL or the Instruction Section.
  • A specific date and time for the IS Program has not yet been set by ACRL.
  • Per ACRL policies, we are not able to provide compensation or travel support for speakers.
For questions or additional information, please contact Melissa Wong, Program Planning Committee Chair (

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