PROGRAM | Call for Proposals

Theme: Engaging Place and Practice


The places and spaces we inhabit – physical, cultural, social, or professional – give shape to the practice of librarianship. Recent developments in library instruction emphasize the importance of culture, history, and place, leading to an explicit focus on the need for cognitively just and context-sensitive pedagogy. As an historic meeting place for thousands of years, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, Winnipeg is an appropriate location to engage with place and practice. At WILU 2019 we hope to provide the opportunity for librarians to come together to collaboratively develop, discuss, and evaluate library instruction in this unique context. We aim to create space to critically examine pedagogy and practice, and the influences of location, identity, culture, politics, and social memory, in a move towards a more reflective and transformative profession. 

Call for Proposals

The program committee welcomes proposals for a variety of session types showcasing your practice, research, or explorations in library instruction. We encourage you to consider the various ways the conference theme might be expressed in your own practice or research. See the submissions page for information on how submit a proposal. Submission Deadline: Friday, November 30th, 2018 

Proposals are now being accepted for the following session types:

Paper Presentation – 45-minute session (30 min. presentation + 15 min. questions)
Paper presentations may take a practice-based or theoretical approach. Speakers may report on original research, completed projects, instructional programs, or other information literacy initiatives. Discussions of pedagogy, learning theory, and educational philosophy are also acceptable. Presentations that incorporate both theory and practice are encouraged.
Abstract length: 400 words
Workshop  – 75-minute session (60 min workshop + 15 min. discussion)
Workshops provide the opportunity to facilitate interactive learning experiences related to instructional practice or pedagogical development. In a workshop presenters may share teaching methods in a mock classroom setting. Workshops may also facilitate professional development exercises. For instance this could include (but is not limited to) strategies for lesson planning, inquiry-based learning, assessment, or reflective practice. Presenters are encouraged to incorporate time for feedback and discussion.
Abstract length: 500 words (Include a workshop outline and intended outcomes. Please indicate the type of learning space required, i.e. computer lab, round tables, etc.)
Panel Discussion / Symposia  – 45-minute session (30 min. presentation + 15 min. questions)
Panel discussions allow up to 5 participants to speak on a common topic or issue related to instruction or pedagogy. It is encouraged that the selected panel participants represent diverse experiences, points of view and different institutions. In a symposium multiple presenters initiate and facilitate discussion with the audience on a chosen topic or issue. The primary goal of the symposium is to engage audience participation in shared dialogue.
Abstract length: 400 words.
Lightning talk  – 7 min. session
Lightning talks are short, faster paced presentations offering speakers the opportunity to share innovative projects or new research in a concise and engaging manner. Presentation slides are encouraged but not required.
Abstract length: 250 words 
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