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LILi: Lifelong Information Literacy

2015 Conference

2d Annual LILi Conference:
"Collaboration for Lifelong Learning: Innovative and Effective Approaches to Information Literacy"

Monday, 3 August 2015, 9 am - 1:30 pm
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA  90045
Questions? Elisa Acosta (Loyola Marymount University)

Can public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries collaborate to promote information literacy and lifelong learning?  Lifelong learning is not confined to childhood or the classroom, but takes place throughout a range of situations in life including the workplace.  How do libraries of all kinds best engage with their communities and make creative partnerships to meet the challenges?

What has worked for you and your colleagues in helping children / students / teachers and faculty / job-seekers / veterans / seniors and more when teaching lifelong learning?  How have you reached out to those in various library institutions to help each other with such efforts?  Share your innovations, experimental attempts, successes and failures.

Kathy Gould, Director of the Palos Verdes Library District, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual LILi conference.  Ms. Gould will address public library partnerships with schools and other community organizations, and how we work together to enhance both information literacy and lifelong learning.  Michael Barb, School and Student Services Librarian at Palos Verdes Public Library, will add brief information regarding his work with schools. A panel of librarians from other types of libraries will react to the talk with ideas for bringing other types of libraries into the mix. The aim is to highlight a crucial area for cooperation and collaboration among different types of libraries toward a common goal: offering supportive, sequential information literacy instruction (ILI, including lifelong learning) for all levels and in all types of libraries.

Panel: Susie Chin, Glendale College and Sarah Clark, Windward School.

Information Literacy lies at the core of lifelong learning.  It empowers people of all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals.  It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion of all nations.  – Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning

Keynote Introduction

Keynote Presentation Slides

Keynote Video

Keynote image


Presentations (20 min)

Gaining Ground: Building Lifelong Information Literacy Skills


Liz Humrickhouse-Lee, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Teri Holford-Talpe, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


Building Lifelong Information Literacy Skills is a campus-community bridge program designed by University of Wisconsin - La Crosse librarians to bring awareness to and application of lifelong information literacy skills for local high school students as they transition to college.

Becoming solidly information literate takes more investment and training than is possible in one session. However, through group work and active learning activities, this workshop introduced vital notions of one’s place and responsibilities in an information culture. By strengthening critical thinking skills, participants advanced towards becoming more intuitive, efficient and knowledgeable information consumers in the complex information environment that they must navigate. Participants also learned tangible and concise information seeking skills, and tips and tricks for successful navigation of the many information sources available.

In addition to creating a campus-community bridge, an important aspect of the Gaining Ground program was assessment. The librarians involved were interested in measuring the effectiveness of the program and designed a pre/post-test assessment to accomplish this task. While the assessments were identical, the pre-test results allowed librarians to understand the Gaining Ground participants’ pre-existing information literacy knowledge, while the post-test allowed them to see the areas in which participants had improved throughout the day. Together, both sets of assessment data enabled librarians to measure how well the his session will describe a State Library pilot project to create a computer skills cooperative in Downtown Inglewood between several institutions, the Inglewood Public Library, the South Bay One-Stop Career Center, the Inglewood Adult School and West Los Angeles Community College. Using a hired Computer Literacy Coordinator, we intend to create a shared calendar of tutoring sessions and basic computer skills classes, matching vetted community college students to seniors, job seekers and other adults needing computer training. The coordinator would also be responsible for sampling short term satisfaction and long term outcomes.

Getting Students College-Career Ready


        Lesley Farmer, California State University, Long Beach


        Presentation Slides

Increasingly, schools are asked to prepare students to be college-career ready. Teacher librarians are well positioned to vanguard this effort because they provide broad physical and intellectual access to rich collections of resources. This year the Yolo County Office of Education has developed a college-career readiness curriculum for grades 5-12, with 4-8 lessons for each grade. The presenter serves on that committee so that information and digital literacy would be incorporated into the curriculum. This session explains the curriculum, and suggest ways that teacher librarians can implement this curriculum in collaboration with classroom teachers, counselors, and other school community members.

A Library Bridge to College
Robert DuBose, Alvord Unified School District
Christina Cicchetti, University of California, Riverside
Jacquie Lesch, Riverside City College

This session would present an initiative by Inland Empire Area librarians at the high school, college and university levels to develop a library bridge program to increase the college readiness of Inland area high school students. The organization, the Inland Library Collaboration Roundtable, is working to develop or revise lesson plans and other resources designed to foster the information literacy skills students will need when they arrive at college.


The presentation will also highlight how one librarian in the group was inspired by a presentation of a similar Bakersfield collaborative operating for 10 years among librarians of the Kern High School District, Bakersfield College, and California State University Bakersfield.

Finally, our session would feature some of the lesson ideas we are preparing and the justification for developing a high school/college/university library bridge program.

Video: All 20-minute Presentations




Lightning Rounds (10 min)

Creating a Local Computer Skill Cooperative
Joel Rane, Inglewood Public Library

This session will describe a State Library pilot project to create a computer skills cooperative in Downtown Inglewood between several institutions, the Inglewood Public Library, the South Bay One-Stop Career Center, the Inglewood Adult School and West Los Angeles Community College. Using a hired Computer Literacy Coordinator, we intend to create a shared calendar of tutoring sessions and basic computer skills classes, matching vetted community college students to seniors, job seekers and other adults needing computer training. The coordinator would also be responsible for sampling short term satisfaction and long term outcomes.

Information Literacy for Educators
Alicia Zach, Orange County Public Libraries
Zhen Li, Orange County Public Libraries

Staff from OC Public libraries recently submitted a grant proposal entitled, “Teaching the Teachers: Information Literacy for Educators” as part of the Staff Innovation Fund. We would like to propose speaking at this year’s LiLi Conference about our project. We would like to solicit input from conference attendees on their thoughts as to best shape this project.

OC Public Libraries has had a positive relationship with the Orange County Department of Education for several years, which has allowed for the collaboration on annual projects such as the Young Authors’ Faire and the Parent Support Services Faire that target students and parents. We will build on this existing connection with this project, by adding outreach targeted specifically to teachers’ needs.

Our plan is designed to address the need of information literacy skills training for teachers on a system wide approach through the OCDE. The three elements of our plan include free workshops for CE credit, webinars, and an inclusion in the OCDE’s monthly newsletter.
There are 872 public and private K-12 schools in Orange County, with 552,135 students enrolled in them. Students throughout the county would benefit by being able to better evaluate resources, and understand that the public library has resources for life-long learning.

OC Public Libraries has secured a commitment from the OC Department of Education. The goal is to work together to create training that will help the teachers become better informed about the MSLS requirements and become aware of the free resources available to them, both through libraries and online. By partnering with OCDE, we will ensure the teachers receive the information they need to be more effective in helping their students with information researching and critical thinking regarding information.

Long Night Against Procrastination: Connecting Stressed Out Students with Library and Writing Resources


        Jamie Hazlitt, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University
        Presentation Slides

In April 2015, the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University partnered with the Academic Resource Center and Fitwell Center (a division of Campus Recreation) to plan LMU's first-ever Long Night Against Procrastination. Although the library has offered a variety of popular finals' week stress relief activities over the past four years, this program - a part of an international initiative - is the first designed directly to engage students with specific desired outcomes (unique to each attendee) at the end of the program.

In this lightning round, I will share what went into the planning, the resources and partnerships needed to make the program happen, and the feedback from our student attendees. Although this program is designed primarily for academic libraries, the concept could be applicable to public and school libraries – anywhere where users congregate to get their work done!

Librarians attending this session will leave with ideas for how to incorporate a Long Night Against Procrastination into their programming for their community.

Outreach to Your Child Development Center
        Sally Romero, Los Angeles Trade Technical College
        Presentation Slides

Outreaching to your college’s Child Development Center (CDC) is one innovative way to promote information literacy and lifelong learning. Reaching out the Child Development Center, is not only providing lifelong learning opportunities to the child, but it also provides opportunity to the parent(s) or guardian(s).

How We Outreach
We have been outreaching to our Child Development Center (CDC) in order to help foster information literacy. Our first approach is to introduce the child(ren) to a library setting. Our initial collaboration with the Child Development Center faculty started after learning that many of these children, who primarily come from low-incomes families, do not have the opportunity to visit or experience a library environment. Our program allows children from the CDC to visit the library every two to three weeks to browse the children’s collection and in turn check out one book to take home. In the event, the CDC is unable to visit the library, the library provides a book mobile to visit the children in their classroom(s). In order to encourage the process, the CDC faculty have assigned a reading log for the student and parent to fill out after each visitation. This process is continuous throughout the academic year. The library makes efforts to reach out to the parents with handouts on ways to promote literacy with their children. The library has also been developing a parenting collection to be located in the newly developed children’s area within the college library. Since the implementation of our outreach program, there has been an increase of children’s material checkout and interest in our overall collection and library from both the community parents as well as our student parents.

Video: All 4 Lightning Rounds


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