Breakout Session Proposals

***The deadline for proposal submissions was November 29, 2021; proposals are no longer being accepted.***
***Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal!***    

The LOEX 2022 Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit breakout session proposals for consideration to the 50th Annual LOEX Conference. The conference will be held May 5-7, 2022.

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 Format

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. Presenter(s) should include in the proposal a description of the topic and an outline of the presentation. Based on past experience, sessions can have as few as 25 people or as many as 150.  
  • 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. Proposals should include a description of the topic and details on how the presenter will make this session a "hands-on" experience for attendees.  Workshops are intended for an audience typically of 30-60 people, but can be as high as 90.

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

Proposal Tracks

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

  • Pedagogy: Instructional Nuts and Bolts    

It’s essential that we help students build a foundation for their own learning. Give us your blueprint to student success: How do you use  instructional design principles, learning outcomes/objectives, or authentic engagement activities to foster student learning? How do you create a classroom engaged in critical, anti-racist discourse? What practices do you use to keep your classrooms humming with learning? How do you adapt your instruction to meet the needs in online and hybrid learning environments?

  • Assessment: Building in Quality Control

Grab your clipboard and tell us how you measure instructional output and impacts. How do you ensure total quality management of student learning? Have you found ways to mass produce meaningful and authentic assessment around your library instruction? How have you represented diverse voices and perspectives in your measurement initiatives? This part of our work has always been important, but it is mission critical and offers potential for future growth.

  • Innovation: R&D in Information Literacy Instruction

Necessity is the mother of invention! How have you adapted your instructional role for changing times?  How are you rethinking library spaces, tools, technology, resources, and instructional formats to reimagine what information literacy can look like? What theories or techniques have been the engines in moving your classroom forward? Tell us about your own instructional research and development, and how new discoveries are reshaping your teaching approaches.

  • Leadership: Stepping Up to the Line

Leaders are built at all points along the line -- in formal and informal ways. Half of the battle is leading from where you stand! How are you establishing your library, your instruction program, or yourself as a leader in information literacy at your institution? Share your advice on developing leadership skills, managing larger-scale instructional projects, or advancing your library’s teaching presence on campus.

  • Failures and Problem-Solving: Overhauling and Reinventing

Even the best designs have flaws, and failure is often part of the process. How have you transformed failures into successes? How have you developed problem-solving skills and strategies? What strategies have you used to break through bottlenecks in students’ learning?

  • Collaboration and Outreach: Assembling Diverse Production Teams

Instructional allies are key to any information literacy instruction effort. How have you developed partnerships to respond to changing climates at your institution? How have you forged strategic alliances to advance an inclusive vision of your institution? What are the  strategies you’ve used to maintain existing or longstanding partnerships? How do you know when a collaboration reaches the end of the line and it’s time to part ways?

Submission Information

  ***The deadline for proposal submissions was November 29, 2021; proposals are no longer being accepted.***  

Proposals can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by Monday, November 29, 2021. The primary contact for the proposal will receive an automated email indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and will be notified if the proposal has been accepted for presentation by Monday, January 17, 2022.

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 the due date in April. Presenters are encouraged to submit a full paper version of their presentation (see due dates below) for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings.

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 Friday, February 11, 2022.

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.  

Proposal Timeline

  • Monday, November 29, 2021: Deadline to submit proposals
  • Monday, January 17, 2022: Notification of acceptance of proposal
  • Thursday, May 5 - Saturday, May 7, 2022: 50th Annual LOEX Conference
  • Friday, April 29, 2022 Deadline for all Presentation presenters to submit full papers (up to 2500 words) for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings  
  • Friday, May 27, 2022:  Deadline for all Interactive Workshop presenters to submit full papers (up to 2500 words) for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings  

Proposal Selection Criteria

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 the broad variety of academic institutions.

The committee will be using a rubric to score the proposals. 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.

All committee members participate in the review process.  Each proposal will undergo double-blind peer review by two committee members and be scored based on our rubric. Upon receiving the recommendations of the reviewers, the LOEX Director and conference co-chairs will conduct an equity check to ensure diversity in presenters, institution types, and topics

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 up to three registration spots set aside, per session, for presenters at the LOEX Conference