Howdy, y’all! I’ve just returned from the 46th Annual LOEX Conference in Houston, Texas. I was a first-timer at the conference and new to LOEX in general, and I’m happy to have found this professional community. LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) has grown from its beginnings in 1971 as a library instruction materials lending service to an internationally known organization that provides information on all aspects of research instruction and information literacy.
Although conference attendees were largely academic librarians, most every session I attended would be relevant and useful to anyone teaching information literacy to students of any age.
Sessions I attended focused on:
- Helping students read academic texts with Annie Armstrong, Glenda Insua, and Catherine Lantz - University of Illinois at Chicago
- Classroom management strategies with Amy White - Penn State University
- Presentation skills with Katy Lenn - University of Oregon
- Using course-embedded research guides with Marg Sloan - Western Libraries, The University of Western Ontario
- Creating digital learning objects with Marc Bess - University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- Cognitive dissonance and information literacy in the fake news era with Maoria J. Kirker - George Mason University and Ilana Stonebraker - Purdue University
- Building a community of practice around the ACRL Framework with Kim Pittman - University of Minnesota Duluth, Amy Mars - St. Catherine University, and Trent Brager - University of St. Thomas
I made some great connections with librarians from across the country, took away a long list of ideas to implement in my own teaching, and left feeling excited about the innovative and thoughtful work happening around information literacy instruction. I’m already looking forward to LOEX 2019, scheduled to be held next spring in Minneapolis!