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Through teaching and instruction, library professionals help students and patrons make the most of the information available at their fingertips. These sessions highlight some of the best instruction tools and strategies happening in our work. 

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Making the Framework Work: Adapting the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Community College Library Instruction
Saturday 9:00 – 10:00AM
A dynamic panel of community college librarians will share their practical methods for creating effective, student-focused instructional strategies based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Panel participants will discuss their original, field-tested ideas that have not been widely published. Attendees will be offered hands-on, practical solutions to the application of the Framework in community college library instruction, especially one-shots. 

The Force is Strong with This One: An Aspirational View of Students
Saturday 10:30 – 11:30AM
In our worst moments, librarians can cast students as uninterested, unmotivated, or even lazy. Even unconsciously and with the best of intentions, librarians often make negative assumptions about students’ desire to learn and do good work. This perspective leads to frustration and a hopeless attitude about our work, which should instead be exciting and fun. Attendees will learn strategies to resist this unfair view of students, including: spending time interacting with students one-on-one to understand their lives; maintaining and clearly communicating high expectations for students; and addressing students as emerging adults and learners, not as “kids.”

Exploring AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
Saturday 1:00 – 2:00PM
Come and hear from the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee as they highlight and explore the newly named 2018 Best Websites. Take time to get to know some the sites, investigate new online technology, and hear from the website's designers. These recognized sites fall into category areas such as digital storytelling, media sharing, manage and organize, as well as social media and communication. Make sure to attend this popular hands-on technology event to learn more and explore the latest winning websites in the fields of librarianship, education, and instruction!

Youth Data Literacy at the Public Library
Saturday 1:00 – 2:00PM
Data literacy is a new area of education in the public library. Although many have advocated for the education of a data literate population, there is little consensus on what such educational programs should look like, particularly those in the area of informal learning. This program presents the Exploring Data Worlds at the Public Library project, which explored how libraries can help teens gain an understanding of the data life cycle, including the processes involved in data creation, collection, and aggregation with networked devices, platforms, and information services as well as their rights in a data-driven society.

What Keeps You 'App' at Night?
Saturday 2:30- 3:30PM
Join the conversation as the 2018 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning Committee explores app trends and issues that keep us “app” at night.

Fake News or Free Speech: Is there a right to be misinformed?
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00PM
"Fake news" has always been part of the communication landscape. The difference now is that we are inundated with social media that makes it possible to disseminate "fake news” quickly and easily. In the past "fake news" was used as propaganda to isolate individuals or groups of people, destabilize governments, and foment anarchy. "Fake news" may be inaccurate, dishonest, misleading, intentionally untrue, and even intended to damage the paradigm of factual information. But is it illegal? Is it protected by the First Amendment? Can "fake news" -- or suppressing it -- undermine our democratic way of life?


High Impact Librarianship: A Showcase of Collaborative and Experiential Learning Initiatives
Sunday 9:00 – 10:00AM
Librarians and disciplinary faculty showcase four collaborative projects that have provided students with a high-impact learning experiences in information literacy. These projects cover a range of methods, including a program that allows education students a chance to teach information literacy skills to a cohort of public school students, a summer scholars program, the creation of an open education resource (OER) by a writing class, and a class built around designing materials to teach college students information literacy terminology. The panel will discuss how these projects achieve many of the practices identified by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as high-impact learning practices.

Kids Listen:  Podcasts Amplify Engagement and Learning
Sunday 10:30 – 11:30AM
Podcasts created for kids and oftentimes by kids are emerging as valuable resources for transforming engagement and learning through listening, questioning, recording, reflecting and connecting with kids. By placing kids’ voices at the center of their work, podcast producers/hosts from Book Club for Kids, Brains On, and Buttons & Figs will share how they connect children with authors, artists, scientists and each other. The panelists will share how they create podcast episodes, how they engage kids, and how their techniques inspire creativity and learning. Learn how to locate and access kids podcasts and incorporate them into your library, programs, or lessons.

Motivating Library Learners: Three Theories to Enhance Teaching
Sunday 1:00 – 2:00PM
If you teach, train or instruct, this presentation will help you connect with your audience’s motivation to learn. We’ll examine three motivational models: Keller’s ARCS model, Monroe’s motivated sequence, and expectancy theory of motivation. These models from the fields of instructional design, public speaking, and management are proven strategies applicable to teaching in libraries. Through hands-on practice, you’ll integrate these models into instruction, and leave the session prepared to use them in your own teaching.

Digital Tools for Student Inquiry
Sunday 1:00 – 2:00PM
This session shows librarians how to create complete research and information guides for students at the elementary and secondary levels. Often, pointing students to a database or even a several sources is not comprehensive enough. In addition, students need more assistance in online searching skills and database searching skills to be competent researchers. This session will help participants discover and create research resources with the best tools and processes. 

Bridging the Gap: Supporting Subject Liaisons to Become Ambassadors for Digital Scholarship in Academic Libraries
Sunday 4:00 – 5:00PM
As more academic institutions expand their Digital Scholarship services, and as the broader research enterprise evolves, the role of the library liaison is changing to include new knowledge and technical skills. New areas might include digital humanities, data, data visualization, geospatial data, makerspaces, 3d modeling, basic electronics, and virtual reality. How can academic libraries continue providing legacy services while growing to meet these new scholarly and pedagogic demands, whether through new hiring paths, redefining liaisonship, or translating digital scholarship support to other areas of academic librarianship? Our invited panel will address how academic libraries may bridge the gap between support for legacy research skills and digital scholarship skills.

Fostering Civic Engagement through School History
Sunday 4:00 – 5:00PM
Fostering Civic Engagement through School History explores how Brooklyn Connections, the school outreach arm of Brooklyn Public Library’s special collection, utilizes archives to teach students 21st Century learning skills through the lens of local history. Grounded in the use of primary and secondary sources as informational texts, this session focuses on researching school history as a method for providing students with a greater sense of place and civic responsibility within their communities. 


Librarians are a Force for Science: Science Communication and Science Literacy
Monday 9:00 – 10:00AM
This program will bring together experts in science, science communication, and science literacy to discuss how scientific research is communicated to students and the general public, and to consider the role of librarians and science communication professionals in making sure that the content is evidence-based and accessible.

Using Coretta Scott King Award-Winning Books to Enrich Programs and Instruction in Public, School, and Academic Libraries
Monday 10:30 – 11:30AM
Learn practical and effective ways to use Coretta Scott King Award-winning books to enrich both programming and instruction. Lead by a team of educators, you will leave this session with resources and creative ideas that can be implemented immediately. The session will conclude with an interactive discussion and a chance to win door prizes. 

Busting Plagiarism in the High School Classroom
Monday 10:30 – 11:30AM
College bound high school students are living in a world of digital intertexuality where information blends together without clear boundaries. Ethical use of this information avalanche is challenging. Unfortunately, plagiarism violations are often treated by punishment instead of education. High school librarians are uniquely positioned to educate students about plagiarism prevention through information literacy instruction. This preparation in high school can help students avoid plagiarism problems in college when the stakes are much higher.