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December 4, 2013

IFLA – Information Literacy Section Satellite Meeting Limerick Ireland August 14-15th 2014
Facing the Future: Librarians and Information Literacy in a Changing Landscape Satellite meeting

As librarians we are living in a digital age, a time of relentless change. This changing media landscape together with the rapid growth in information are affecting individuals and societies now more than ever. In order to succeed in what is now a complex, multifaceted information environment; communities and nations must identify and obtain a crucial set of Information Literacy (IL) competencies.

Every day we are confronted with new information and knowledge in different and sometimes challenging forms. The rise of digital and social media tools has brought with it some amazing innovations and immense challenges. IL can help us to seek, critically evaluate and create new information and knowledge to embrace these diverse forms using existing tools and share these through various networks and channels.

IL can create new opportunities to improve quality of life. IL can contribute greatly to lifelong learning. However individuals, organisations and societies must address existing and emerging barriers and challenges to the free and effective use of information- among them limited capacities, resources and infrastructure, a critical need for increased collaboration, censorship, legal barriers and a lack of awareness of the importance of long term information preservation.

Main Themes and Topics We are interested in proposals addressing the following themes and topics such as (but not limited to):
A. Information literacy and lifelong learning in a changing landscape
 Information literacy and technological developments (e.g. web 2.0 ; web 3.0 ; mobile technologies ; YouTube, trends, emerging technologies and innovation; growth of digital resources; gaming and application software (apps); digital reference tools; tiered reference services).
 Reframing information literacy as meta-literacy (media literacy, digital literacy, visual literacy, financial literacy, health literacy, cyber wellness)
 Developing information literacy skills for the next generation: the complementary roles of librarians, teachers and parents
 Workplace information literacy
 Information literacy and adult education
 Information literacy and the knowledge economy
 Information literacy and knowledge management
 Information literacy education and training
 Information literacy and academic libraries
 Information literacy and public libraries
 Information literacy and blended learning
 Information literacy and distance learning
 The future of information literacy

B. Information literacy – theoretical approaches (standards, assessment, collaboration, etc.)
 Measuring in information literacy instruction assessment
 Information literacy and reference services: cyber reference services, virtual reference services, mobile reference services, expert crowd sourcing, global reference volunteers
 Information literacy and Artificial Intelligence
 Information literacy in different cultures and countries
 Information literacy evaluation and assessment
 Information literacy project management
 Information literacy theory (models, standards, indicators, Moscow Declaration etc.)
 Information literacy and information behavior
 Information literacy: cultural and contextual approaches

C. Success stories and best practices
 Innovative IL approaches
 Digital empowerment and reference work
 Information literacy and digital preservation
 Supporting users need through library 2.0 and beyond
 Integrating information literacy into the curriculum
 Information literacy across the disciplines
 Instructional design and performance for information literacy (e.g. teaching practice, session design, lesson plans, self-paced student modules)
 Information literacy and online learning (e.g. self-paced IL modules)
 Information literacy and virtual learning environments
 Putting information literacy theory into practice
 Student engagement with information literacy
D. Strategic planning, policy, and advocacy for media and information literacy in a digital age
 Information literacy policies and development
 Leadership and Governance for information literacy
 Strategic planning for IL
 Cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships for information literacy
 Branding, promotion and marketing for information literacy
 Strategies in e-learning to promote self-directed and sustainable learning in the area of information literacy skills
Paper Submission We accept submissions in any of the following forms: Full paper to be published in conference proceedings, Presentation, Roundtable discussion, Poster session, Train-the-trainers workshop, and PechaKucha.
First-time presenters and new professionals are encouraged to apply. Students are also invited to participate.
All proposals must be submitted by February 28, 2014 using the Proposal submission form.
Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts and Proposals: February 28, 2014

Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2014

Dissemination of final programme: May 1, 2014

Deadline for authors to submit slides: July 21, 2014

Satellite Meeting: August 14-15, 2014

More information See the Conference website for additional details at:
Please note All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters.

No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants The French National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on IFLA Conference Participation Grants webpage (

National Council for Black Studies Conference
Miami, Florida – - March 5 – 8, 2014

Submit a 150-400 word abstract for a panel (one for the panel subject and one for each of the 3 or more panelists) and an individual presenter presentation. For a roundtable discussion (at least 4 participants), submit a 500 word abstract for the discussion topic. Panels, presentations and roundtables should explore the experiences and perspectives of African people, locally, nationally, globally or comparatively from interdisciplinary frameworks rooted in the agency of African people. Of particular interest are presentations that approach the discipline of Africana/Black Studies using multi-layered frameworks and mixed methodologies that incorporate various combinations of class, gender, race, and sexuality, through the lens of Afrocentric, cross and multicultural, postmodernist, postcolonial, transnational, comparative, and diasporic interpretative schemes.


AFAS Schedule at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia

October 7, 2013

AFAS will meet at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA (January 24-28):

Executive Committee Meeting
Saturday, January 26, 2014 8:30 a.m.
Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel

General Membership Meeting
Saturday, January 26, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Meeting agendas will be available in the AFAS community of ALA Connect (login required).

Report from Liaison to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

June 12, 2013

ALA/ACRL/AFAS Liaison to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
Annual Report 2012
by Glenda Alvin,
Assistant Director for Collection Management and Administration
Brown-Daniel Library/Tennessee State University

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1915. He originated Negro History Week, which is now Black History Month. ASALH selects the national theme for Black History Month each year and has done so since 1928. The ASALH annual conference was held in Pittsburgh, PA on September 26-30, 2012. The conference theme was Black Women in American Culture and Life. This was my first ASALH conference, so I introduced myself to the Executive Director, Sylvia Y. Cyrus. Ms. Cyrus invited me to work with the Program and Publications Committee, so I introduced myself to the Chair, Dr. Darryl Michael Scott and during our brief conversation he indicated that he would like for me to help promote ASALH’s new journal, Fire!!! The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies. I gave both of them my business cards for further contact.

I am a member of both ASALH and the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH.) The two organizations are informally affiliated and hold their annual meetings jointly, because the founders of ABWH are also members of ASALH. I have been working closely with the National Director of ABWH, Dr. Ida Jones, to develop three bibliographies that will be posted on the organization’s website in the coming months. I updated the list of Letitia Brown Woods Award winners for books, anthologies, and journal articles written about black women. I compiled a list of books published by ABWH members and a bibliography of core books for the study of African American women’s history. For the ABWH newsletter, Truth, I have compiled two lists of newly published titles on Black Women’s History. The Special Issue 2012 is available in print only, however the previous 2011 fall issue is online.

ASALH schedule of panels, plenaries, and movie presentations, began at 8:30 AM and ended at 7:45 PM. The association’s business meeting went past 10:30 PM. Thursday’s plenary featured two powerful artists: Sonia Sanchez, poet, writer and activist and Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer and founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, civil rights activist and retired Smithsonian curator. Friday’s plenary was a panel of women historians, who have written biographies of Ida Wells-Barnett over the past twelve years.

The ASALH conference featured interesting presentations by librarians. One of the most notable was given by AFAS past Chair, Rebecca Hankins, who led a panel on the relevance of hairstyles to black female identity entitled, “I Am Not My Hair: Reclaiming Black Beauty.” A panel on the role of African American librarians and archivists in maintaining scholarly, as well as community collections had a lively discussion on funding and support.

As an acquisitions librarian with a second masters in U. S. History, who has also served as library liaison to Africana Studies and African American Studies Departments over the past twenty years, it was a thrill to witness many of the authors whose books I have added to collections. The “Founders of the Field: African American Women and African American Women’s History” featured not only scholars that had published seminal works in the field like, Darlene Clark Hine, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Janice Sumler-Edmonds and Deborah Gray White, but who are also the founders of the ABWH. Besides the plenaries, it was one of the most well attended sessions at the conference.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History will hold its next conference in Jacksonville, FL, October 2-6, 2013. The theme is At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. I intend to volunteer to chair a session or be a presenter. To learn more about ASALH visit their website:

AFAS Schedule at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

May 23, 2013

The ACRL African American Studies Librarians Section will host the following meetings at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois (June 27-July 2):

Executive Committee Meeting
Saturday, June 29, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Radisson Blue Hotel (RAD) Baltic/Bering


General Membership Meeting
Saturday, June 29, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center (MCP) S505a

AFAS at ALA Annual Conference, June 21-26, Anaheim, CA

June 1, 2012

AFAS will host the following meetings and programs at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA:

Executive Committee Meeting
Saturday, June 23, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Disneyland Hotel, Explorer


General Membership Meeting
Saturday, June 23, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Disneyland Hotel, Explorer Monorail A

The AFAS 2013 ALA Conference Planning Committee will also meet during this time to plan for a program at the DuSable Museum in Chicago. Chicago-based librarians are especially invited to join the committee to assist with planning.


AFAS Program: HBCU Library Alliance – History and Accomplishments
Monday, June 25, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Anaheim Convention Center, 202A

AFAS schedule for Midwinter 2012 (Dallas, TX)

December 1, 2011

Join AFAS at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 20-24, 2012, in Dallas, Texas.  AFAS will host the following meetings.  All times are CST.

AFAS Executive Committee Meeting
Saturday, January 21, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: Sheraton Hotel – Majestic Room 09

AFAS General Membership Meeting
Saturday, January 21, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Dallas Convention Center (DCC) – C143

AFAS Call for Nominations (deadline August 19, 2011)

August 11, 2011

The 2012 Nominating Committee (Joyce K. Thornton, Charlene Maxey-Harris, Bennie Robinson, & Rayette Sterling) is issuing a call for members who are interested in serving the section as vice chair/chair elect, secretary, and member-at large. If you are interested in serving in either of these positions, please submit your name to Joyce K. Thornton via email at by August 19, 2011.

The candidate for vice chair/chair elect, if elected will serve a 3-year term of office. The vice chair is expected to attend Section functions at ALA Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings, including the ACRL Leadership Council 1(2:30-4:00 p.m., June 22, 2012) in Anaheim, CA.

The secretary and member-at-large are expected to attend Section functions at ALA Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings during their terms of office.

Looking forward to hearing from you by August 19, 2011.


Joyce K. Thornton


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