Breakout Sessions

***The deadline for proposal submissions was November 16, 2018; proposals are no longer being accepted.***
***Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal!***

The LOEX 2019 Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit breakout session proposals for consideration to the NUMBER Annual LOEX Conference in City_State. The conference will be held CONFERENCE_DATES.

Successful proposals will showcase effective and innovative library instruction & information literacy practices, provide valuable information that participants can utilize at their libraries, support collaboration, and be applicable to a broad variety of academic institutions.

Breakout Session Formats

Two types of proposals will be accepted:

  • Presentation: A 50-minute session that includes time for a 40-45 minute presentation and 5-10 minutes of question and answer. Most feature a successful program, practice or key issue related to instruction or information literacy. Presentations are intended for an audience typically of 30-70 people. Presenters should include in the proposal a description of the topic and an outline of the presentation.

  • Interactive Workshops: A 50-minute session where the presenter facilitates a learning experience in which attendees develop or explore teaching and/or research techniques. Presenters are expected to facilitate a well-planned and interactive session. Workshops are intended for an audience typically of 30-50 people. Proposals should include a description of the topic and details on how the presenter will make this session a "hands-on" experience for attendees.

For all sessions, the exact number of participants won't be known until the session takes place; however, estimates of attendance and room size based on results of interest surveys will be provided to the presenters before the conference.

Proposal Tracks

Proposals should reflect elements of one of the following six tracks:

  • Lead & Innovate: Blazing New Trails
    Leading a class, group or an institution on a new path can be both exciting and scary, even potentially terrifying. In this track, tell us about your new paths and how you braved the untouched wilderness. What technologies and innovative strategies have you tried? How have you led development of your instruction program? What new philosophies or theories are going into your work? How have you led your colleagues or students on new teaching and learning trails?

  • Collaboration: The S’more the Merrier
    S’mores are a delicious campsite delicacy of graham cracker, chocolate and roasted marshmallow - almost a perfect culinary collaboration. In this track, tell us how you have perfected a collaboration or started a new one. Share your advice on keeping successful collaborations or knowing when it is time to part ways. How has working with people with different backgrounds or goals affected your collaborations?

  • Strategies for Outreach & Engagement: Navigating the 10,000 Lakes
    Take a hike! Leaving your campsite but not getting lost is essential in discovering new paths, lakes, and vistas. This also holds true for getting out of the library and exploring the campus and community. Getting out and about allows us the opportunity to meet new populations and learn about their needs. In this track, tell us how you have worked outside of the library. How have you developed successful campus initiatives? Community initiatives? What have you gotten out of it? How do you measure impact? How do you engage with diverse populations, such as the international student community?

  • Pedagogy & Information Literacy: Jumping into the Deep End
    There is always more to learn and our students are ever changing. We are never done learning about teaching and literacies (e.g., information, digital, media, data, etc.). In this track, tell us how you have continued to develop your pedagogy skills. How do you teach students from varying backgrounds? How do we teach students to swim with the shark-infested information landscapes of propaganda and fake news? What theories, strategies, or techniques did you use to make your dip into the classroom successful? What tools or websites, provided floaties or life jackets for new swimmers?

  • Facilitating Student Research: Igniting the Flame
    Like the spark from a campfire, our students are curious - how do we fan the spark to ignite the flames? In this track, tell us how you have facilitated student curiosity and research. How did you prepare students for faculty sponsored research? For new types of scholarship (e.g., media, digital humanities, etc.)? For emerging technologies such as 3D printing or using makerspaces? How did you support their entrepreneurial interests? Support their co-curriculum research? Support their service-learning projects or student activism?

  • Assessment: Are We There Yet?
    We have all been a long road trip where it feels like your destination can’t come fast enough. Assessment can take many forms from quick on-the-spot feedback to year-long projects. In this track, tell us how you prepared for an assessment journey. What were your routes to collect useful and usable data (qualitative, quantitative, mixed)? How have you changed your route or practice based on data? How have you dealt with results that failed to meet your hopes or expectations? What were the guideposts along the way which guided you to a new path?

Submission Information

***The deadline for proposal submissions was November 16, 2018; proposals are no longer being accepted.***

Proposals can be submitted only through the online submission form (see below) and must be received by SESSION PROPOSAL DUE DATE. The primary contact for the proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and will be notified if the proposal has been accepted for presentation by SESSION NOTIFICATION DATE.

If your proposal is accepted, then up to three presenters will be automatically registered for the conference and required to pay registration in full by PAYMENT DEADELINE. Presenters are encouraged to submit a full paper version of their presentation (see due dates below) for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings.

Note: Failure to pay the registration fee will result in the cancellation of presentation and conference registration. All presenters are responsible for paying their own travel and lodging expenses.

All proposals must include the following:

  • Session title (limit 20 words);
  • Short description of the session (limit 100 words);
  • Long description of the session (limit 500 words);
  • List of 1-3 learning outcomes (visit Tips on Writing Learning Outcomes from the University Library at UIUC for guidance);
  • Type of audience(s) for which the session is intended

You do not need to be a LOEX member to submit a conference proposal. We accept the best proposals, regardless of institution or membership. LOEX membership only matters for general registration, which begins on REGISTRATION DATE.


Proposal Timeline

  • SESSION PROPOSAL DUE DATE: Deadline to submit proposals
  • SESSION NOTIFICATION DATE: Notification of acceptance of proposal
  • CONFERENCE_DATES: NUMBER Annual LOEX Conference in City_State
  • PRESENTATION PAPER DUE DATE: Deadline for all Presentation presenters to submit full papers (up to 2500 words) for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings
  • INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP PAPER DUE DATE: Deadline for all Interactive Workshop presenters to submit full papers (up to 2500 words) for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings

Proposal Selection Criteria

The committee will be using a rubric to score the proposals during a double-blind review process. Along with the criteria listed under the session format descriptions, the rubric scores each proposal on:

  • Content and objectives of presentation
  • Relevance to the selected conference theme and track and to the field of library instruction
  • Originality and creativity
  • Demonstrated expertise of the presenter(s) on the topic
  • Methods used to inform and also engage the audience

In addition, the rubric scores Presentation proposals on how well they utilize a variety of presentation modes; Interactive Workshop proposals are scored on the degree and type of audience participation.

Presenter Benefits

The solid reputation of the LOEX Conference ensures that presenters benefit as much as their audience. Presenters can expect to:

  • contribute to the field of library instruction and information literacy
  • receive professional recognition at the conference
  • highlight their institution's accomplishments
  • publish a full paper on the presentation topic in the LOEX Conference Proceedings
  • obtain valuable feedback from colleagues
  • receive automatic registration for up to three presenters at the LOEX Conference