Report from WILU 2014

WILU 2014 Conference
May 21 – 23, London, Ontario, University of Western Ontario

Last week a contingent of UTL librarians attended the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) Conference focused on information literacy and library instruction. Over the course of the conference we attended great sessions (including keynotes and ignite talks) and had great discussions with colleagues from U of T as well as new connections from across Canada and the US. Much of the discussion at the conference centered around the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. The framework was also the focus of the introductory keynote speakers (Trudi Jacobson and Craig Gibson) and closing keynote address (Megan Oakleaf) as well. You can see the entire conference program here and you can get a great overview of the whole conference from Crystal Mills, who was blogging for the conference here.

UTL librarians gave presentations on the first day of the conference. Monique Flaccavento and I gave a talk titled Take Your Phone off the Hook! Going Live With Online Library Instruction at the University of Toronto, and Eveline Houtman and Christina Tooulias Santolin gave a talk titledĀ Beyond the One-Minute Paper: Reflective Exercises in Library Instruction.

My favorite session:
Digital Love: Collaboration with Colleagues Creating Interactive Online IL Instruction
Jorden Smith, Debbie Feisst, Denis Lacroix, Paul Neff, Sarah Polkinghorne, Anwen Burke – University of Alberta

In the Digital Love session, librarians from the University of Alberta talked about a series of fantastic online Foundational Library Tutorials they created using Articulate Storyline. The tutorials were initially embedded in classrooms in Moodle and the librarians have also shared their online tutorials and documentation openly on the University of Alberta Libraries website. I will definitely refer to these tutorials (and the open documentation provided) as I work toward creating tutorials for the Virtual Library course. Additionally, there is excitement among many UTL librarians who attended the session about exploring this for UTL.

Next year, WILU will be held at Memorial University in St. John’s. If the WILU 2015 super secret sneak peek preview is any indication, it should be fun!

Please get in touch if you have any questions!

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