Webinar on Threshold Concepts and Information Literacy Instruction

I’ve reserved the TECHB@R (JRL 160) for the following webinar.  Please feel free to join us!

Big Picture Theory and the Practical Classroom: Threshold Concepts and Information Literacy Instruction

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 11:00 am CST
Duration:  1 hour 30 minutes

Sylvia Lin Hanick, First Year Experience Librarian and Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
Lori Townsend, Learning Services Coordinator, University of New Mexico

Threshold concepts offer a big picture perspective for our information literacy content; this model encourages expert practitioners (us!) to identify the broad ideas that define a discipline. This is not easy because threshold concepts are themselves a threshold concept. They are transformative, integrative, irreversible, bounded, troublesome, and – importantly – they take time to traverse. This meeting will introduce the threshold concepts model as it applies to information literacy. It will address criticisms of the model and discuss the implications of the theory for teaching and learning in the library classroom. We will talk about how librarians can incorporate conceptual teaching into their practice and provide examples of activities and assignments.

This webinar is sponsored by the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee

Call for Presentations – LOEX 2016

The 44th Annual LOEX Conference is on May 5-7, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Proposals are now being accepted for breakout sessions. The tracks this year are:

* ReImagine: Rethinking Teaching & Learning
* ReFrame: Exploring Multiple Perspectives on Pedagogy
* ReCycle: Using Technology & Keeping Teaching Fresh
* ReConnect: Meeting Your Neighbors – Outreach & Collaboration
* ReInvigorate: Leading to Create Change
* ReAssess: Learning from Success & Failure

Proposals are due Friday, November 20, 2015More information.

LOEX is a great conference on information literacy, instruction and teaching in libraries. It is short, focused, and relatively inexpensive.  If you would like more information about LOEX, contact Rebecca Starkey.  The Library is a LOEX member.

Registration Opens for LOEX Fall Focus Conference

LOEX is holding a new conference this year:

Focused on…the ACRL Framework
Program Overview
November 13-14, 2015

Registration opens on Friday, September 18th.  LOEX conferences often fill up within a day, so if you are interested, you may want to mark your calendar!

UChicago is a LOEX member, which means we have priority registration.

I have attended several LOEX conferences, and I find them to be very helpful as they are very small and focused specifically on instruction.



Welcome to Instructionally Speaking, a new University of Chicago Library staff blog hosted by the Committee on Instruction and Outreach (CIAO). The purpose of Instructionally Speaking is to provide a place for Library staff to learn more about instruction, and share information with colleagues such as:

  • Newly published articles related to teaching, pedagogy, and information literacy.
  • Professional development opportunities, such as conferences or webinars.
  • Updates on instruction initiatives at other colleges and universities that may be of interest.
  • Articles highlighting innovative instruction being conducted by University of Chicago librarians.
  • News and other information relating to teaching at the University

While CIAO is initiating this blog, we hope that in the future, you will contribute articles and content that you think would be of interest to your colleagues. We envision Instructionally Speaking to be a virtual community of practice, where our shared knowledge and skills can help us grow the Library’s instructional programs.