Thursday, March 02, 2017

cfp Learning Social Justice through Critical Information Literacy

There is a call for papers for the one-day conference (July 31 2017) Learning Social Justice through Critical Information Literacy which will take place at Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA, USA, as the 4th Annual Lifelong Information Literacy (LILi) conference. Proposals for either 20-minute presentations or 10-minute lightning talks are wanted. The deadline for abstracts is April 30 2017. "We are living in a time of alternative facts, fake news, and information poverty. The will address practical teaching strategies and tools for you. You will feel more confident about including social justice through the lens of critical information literacy in your teaching. "Critical information literacy differs from standard definitions of information literacy (ex: the ability to find, use, and analyze information) in that it takes into consideration the social, political, economic, and corporate systems that have power and influence over information production, dissemination, access, and consumption” (Gregory & Higgins, 2013). While the new ACRL Framework for academic libraries does not have a social justice frame, it provides structure to address many issues including authority, power structures, voices represented in scholarly conversation, as well as those that are not included. How can we create safe spaces for students and community members in all types of libraries, in order to learn about power structures influencing information, critically evaluating it, and advocating for information equality and fairness for all?" There is further information here and the proposal form is here:
Photo by Sheila Webber: small boats on the Thames, December 2016, I'm assuming that California in July will be blue and sunny

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