(via Penny Scott, University of San Francisco)
The organizers of the next California Conference on Library Instruction seek proposals. The meeting will take place at the University of San Francisco on Friday, May 31, 2024. The theme is “Play & Playfulness in Library Instruction”. Please see below for more details.
In the environment of academic libraries, where there is pressure to be more standardized and efficient, we look for ways to engage and center students while being inclusive and equitable. How can we prepare students to think critically with information literacy instruction? Embracing play and playfulness in instruction is one strategy for building capacity in order to grapple with weighty topics. The act of play can make it possible to gain distance from reality in order to think past the constraints of life, and instead adapt to a task with curiosity and fresh perspective. Incorporating play simply for the sake of engagement is also worthwhile.
CCLI seeks proposals about how librarians have utilized play in their instruction to solve information literacy challenges. Examples of the incorporation of play and playfulness into instruction could include games or gamification, creative prompts or scenarios, improv or theater, art or rapid drawing, storyboarding, zines, storytelling, and other multimodal approaches to motivate and create learning with students.
The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, November 20. More information on the proposal process is available on our website.