Call for lightning round speakers: Instruction Section Program at ALA Annual 2014

Are you experimenting with using “threshold concepts” for your information literacy instruction? If so, please consider submitting a proposal for a lightning talk!

The Instruction Section (IS) Program Planning Committee is calling for lightning talk proposals for the ALA Annual 2014  program, entitled “From Stumbling Blocks to Building Blocks: Using Threshold Concepts to Teach Information Literacy.”

Over the past decade, the “threshold concept” has emerged as a valuable tool for educators seeking to improve teaching and learning in higher education. The term refers to the core ideas and “ways of thinking and practicing” that are characteristic of a discipline but that students often find difficult to grasp. This program explores ways that librarians can use the threshold concept model to make information literacy instruction more relevant, meaningful, and exciting to students.

Presenters will have 6.5 minutes for their talk and will have audio-visual technology available to them. This is part of an 1.5 hour program that includes the ACRL Instruction Section Awards, a keynote speaker on the topic, and a Q&A session.

Proposals should include presenter name(s) and title(s), institution, title, and short abstract for proposed talk. Please submit proposals to Lizz Zitron ( by January 15, 2014. Selected speakers will be notified by the end of January.

The program is jointly sponsored by the Instruction Section, the Distance Learning Section (DLS), and the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Transitions from High School to College committee.

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