New Orleans Information Literacy Collective and 2022 Forum

Soline Holmes, nolaILC Executive Board /

nolaILC logoLast year, the New Orleans Information Literacy Collective (nolaILC) celebrated the tenth anniversary of its annual Information Literacy Forum. We are back with our 2022 Forum from August 1-4 featuring two keynote speakers and six sessions. The Information Literacy Forum is a FREE conference that looks at all aspects of information literacy. While addressing the basic tenets of information literacy, past conference programs have included presentations on Health Literacy Resources for Librarians, Graphic Novels as Informational Texts, and even Esports. The theme of this year’s conference is adaptability.

After the success of nolaILC’s virtual conferences in 2020 and 2021, the Board decided to keep the Forum virtual via Zoom to allow participants from around the country to join. (Last year, the nolaILC welcomed participants from as far as the Philippines.)

This year, the conference will take place from Monday, August 1 through Thursday, August 4 with two back-to-back presentations each day followed by a Question and Answer session. The conference will open with a keynote by architectural historian-turned archivist, Sally Reeves. Ms. Reeves has over fifty years of experience in the field and is recently retired from the Notarial Archives Division of the Orleans Parish Office of the Clerk of Civil District Court. Sally’s remarks will focus on her own evolution with the office along with her observations about the essential nature of the collection, its long history, and its own evolving use as society changes.

On Thursday, the conference will close with a keynote by Amanda Rosenzweig (Delgado Community College) who will discuss Authentic Assessments in an Online Environment. Ms. Rosenzweig’s presentation includes links to a Padlet with valuable resources and online assessment tools.   

The conference also features six presentations including:

  • Preparing Your Public Library for Emerging Technology (Ricardo G. Mesa, Jefferson Parish Public Library)
  • “Escaping the Mundane” with an Escape Room (Erin Ware & Sarah Jackson, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport)
  • Twice as Nice: A Team-Teaching Approach to Research Instruction (Jessica Hawkes, Abigail Desoto McCoy, Kay Slattery, & Kaci Wilson, Louisiana State University Shreveport)
  • New Faces, Old Materials: Engaging First Year Students with Primary Sources (Hali Black, University of Southern Mississippi)
  • Bring History Alive with LDL Subject Guides (Caitlin Cooper, Delgado Community College)
  • Graphic Medicine: What Comics Bring to the Health Information Table (Matthew Noe, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School)

Back by popular demand! There will be a Virtual Picnic Lunch after the last presentation on Thursday, August 4. Bring your own food and drink, and join the nolaILC Board and friends for a networking hour with some online games as well as informal informational literacy discussions. (There will also be door prizes!)

For more information about this year’s conference and sessions and to register for the conference, visit our website at You can also register for the conference by visiting Registration is free to everyone, but limited, so be sure to get your spot!

The nolaILC was founded over ten years ago in an effort to foster the development of information literacy by facilitating relevant educational and professional development opportunities for information professionals in a variety of libraries. One of these opportunities is the annual forum which was first held in August 2012. The Executive Board of the nolaILC is composed of librarians from all different kinds of libraries—academic, public, school, and special libraries across the state of Louisiana.  

Whether you are a professional in the field, a student, or just want to learn more about information literacy for free with a group of fun librarians, the nolaILC Forum is for you! We hope to see you online.