Concurrent Sessions:

Breakout Group A (in-person) – 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

How Can Help My Students? 

Stephanie King, Illinois Valley Community College is a free online tool, owned by MasteryConnect, which allows teachers to interact with their students through questions and quizzes. This tool can be used as an icebreaker at the beginning of class, to assess what students already know about a topic, or as an assessment tool, at the end of an instruction session, to determine what students have learned. Participants will have the chance to try this tool for themselves and interact through various questions throughout the session.  

Creative Thinking Tools for Librarians

Becky Hodson, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois

How do librarians successfully implement change in a world of budget constraints, time honored traditions, and uncertainty about the future?  In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how creativity is not an innate ability only artists are born with, if fact, creative thinking can be developed like a muscle which can be used to bring ideas to life.  At the end of this session the participant will: 1. Understand and use techniques to generate ideas, 2. Apply creativity to life, both in individual and group settings, 3. Lead others in creative processes, 4. Communicate ideas effectively and creatively to bring about change in your field. 

Reaching Under-prepared Students*

Michelle Nielsen Ott, Illinois Central College

Community colleges promote access to higher education, but not all students graduate high school prepared for college. Sixty percent of Illinois Central College’s students do not test into transfer-level courses. Many must take developmental reading courses before being able to take transfer-level coursework. Learn about the various approaches Illinois Central College has developed to reach these under-prepared, and often under-served, students. Attendees will also have the change to share strategies and tips.

*This session will be offered at the Virtual Conference, breakout group C.

Breakout Group B (in-person) – 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

The Singularity is Near (or is it?): Transitions in Libraries of 21st Century

Dr. Dubravka Juraga, Triton College

From the Library of Alexandria, to the monastic libraries of the European Middle Ages, to the Bibliotheca Palatina of Heildeberg, to today’s community college libraries, the concept of a library, types of users and patrons, as well as forms and formats of books and materials, have been changing and adapting to the needs of time. Across centuries and cultures, despite the naysayers who, resisting change, predicted the demise of libraries at various points in history, librarians, scholars and readers accepted and successfully adjusted to changes their eras brought. Just as we are today. How are you adapting to the changes today? What strategies have you used to introduce changes to patrons and to staff? What have been the difficulties and struggles? And what successes? Share with us tips, ideas, recommendations which helped you transition your library to our contemporary mid-21st century context.

eBibliographic Instruction: Teaching Resources in the One-Shot and Beyond*

Kimberly Shotick, Northeastern Illinois University

In this breakout session we will explore how to incorporate materials in a variety of formats into instruction and information literacy efforts. Topics include: collecting data to prepare for an information literacy plan, creating one-shot lesson plans for undergraduate and upper level students that incorporate digital formats (such as eBooks), and preparing for reference and outreach efforts. We will begin with a discussion about how we teach the use and access of non-print resources in instruction. Frequently, librarians report that valuable instruction time is spent teaching complicated interfaces. I will share ways to incorporate instruction methods that focus on outcomes related to the new Information Literacy Framework and teach higher level skills, while allowing students to navigate interfaces through hands-on activities. I will also explore ideas for engaging faculty and peer mentors/tutors in instruction, and suggest ways to make marketing and outreach efforts instructional.

*This session will be offered at the Virtual Conference, breakout group B. 

Assessment “Ain’t” a Dirty Word: Designing and Implementing Assessment Projects at Your Institution

Melvin Whitehead, Joliet Junior College  

This session will begin with a brief discussion of the presenter’s recent experience with conducting an assessment project examining the impact of library instruction on the information literacy skills of students enrolled in developmental reading. The presenter will share his experience with project design, data collection and analysis, and working with campus stakeholders to translate the findings into action. Afterwards, participants will develop strategies for conducting their own assessment projects at their institutions and discuss ways of over-coming anticipated barriers.

Breakout Group C- 1:15 – 2:00 pm

Shifting Staff Responsibilities to Meet Student Needs*

Karen Becker, Kankakee Community College

How are you and your staff managing the trend towards providing more services with fewer resources? In this breakout session Karen Becker, from the Miner Memorial Library (Kankakee Community College) will share information about a staff restructuring which took place in 2013. Information to be shared includes changes in the technical services/public services area which made restructuring necessary, data used to make these decisions and the impact this restructuring has had on overall services. There will be time for discussion.

*This session will be offered at the Virtual Conference, breakout group C. 


Alyce Scott, San Jose State University 

A basic understanding of copyright law is something that every librarian should have in their skill set. This introduction to the topic of copyright law will provide information on the laws that govern copyright, the rights of libraries, what fair use really means, and how to avoid infringement.

New Challenge, New Opportunities for College Libraries

Jerry Klopfer, New Mexico Military Institute  

At New Mexico Military Institute, the role of the library and library staff changed signicantly over a period of seven years putting it at the center of Student Academic Services.

Closing Session – 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Alleviate Writing Anxiety with Well-Timed Library Instruction and Required Research Appointments*

Randi Sutter & Jennifer Swartout, Heartland Community College & Illinois Central College

During the spring 2015 semester, a professor and a librarian worked together to integrate meaningful research support services into three sections of an upper-level composition course. Our goals were to increase persistence in the course, to support the greatest level of success on the assignment, to reduce anxiety about writing and researching projects, to expand students’ knowledge of support networks, and to increase the likelihood that students would return to the library to work on future research projects. The co-presenters will share data and artifacts from the project to highlight students’ outcomes and experiences. Participants will leave with ideas of how to use or adapt this type of collaborative approach to support students’ success in other curricular areas.

* sessions repeated at the virtual conference. 

Virtual Sessions

The following sessions are offered at the virtual conference and will not be offered during the on-site day.  For the full virtual conference line-up view the schedule.


Kent Seaver, North Lake College  

Due to the explosion of Internet driven resources, not to mention the decreasing numbers of qualified STEM students and graduates, the need for accessible, current, and specific learning resources has changed the format and content of traditional STEM classes. Because of the need to provide the latest and most topical resources to both our faculty and students, the Learning Resources staff at North Lake College have created Library Subject Guides specific to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) courses offered at NLC to assist the faculty in the instructional delivery of classroom materials.  This presentation demonstrates how North Lake College’s Library uses Library Subject guides (Lib Guides) to prepare students for not only Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors, but also STEM careers, leading to student success.  North Lake College Library (NLCL) is a two year college in Irving, Texas. 

This session will be offered at the Virtual Conference, breakout group A.

Connecting library users with social services

Samantha Hines, Missoula College

While public libraries become proactive in engaging users in connecting with social services through outreach programs and partnerships with social workers and public health programs as a part of their mission to connect users with information and with the community, academic libraries have lagged behind. However, we in community college settings often work with students who are at risk and could benefit from stronger connections with social services. This session will describe why community college libraries should take action in this area, what other libraries are doing (including my own, which will host a social work intern this coming fall semester), and how to begin connecting their users with social services in ways small and large.

This session will be offered at the Virtual Conference, breakout group A. 

Designing an Online Library Orientation

Stephanie King, Illinois Valley Community College

Could an online library orientation help your library reach out to distance students and increase student success?  This presentation will explain how Jacobs Library, at Illinois Valley Community College, developed and launched an online library orientation.  Participants will learn about the process and programs used to create the orientation, as well as, how student and faculty opinions were included in the development process.  The Jacobs Library online orientation is geared towards first and second year undergraduate students who are unfamiliar with the library and would like a basic introduction to the resources that are available to them. 

This session will be offered at the Virtual Conference, breakout group B.