nolaILC Celebrates TENTH Annual Information Literacy Forum

Soline Holmes, Chair, nolaILC Executive Board /

nolaILC logoThe New Orleans Information Literacy Collective (nolaILC) is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its annual Information Literacy Forum. 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, graphic novels as informational texts, and esports.

After the success of nolaILC’s first virtual conference in 2020, the 2021 Forum will also be virtual held via Zoom, allowing participants from around the country to join. The nolaILC Board was very pleased with the feedback from the 2020 virtual conference and loved that information and presentations could be shared with participants who might not have been able to attend in person.

The conference will take place from Monday, August 2 through Thursday, August 5 with two back-to-back presentations each day followed by a Question and Answer session.  

The conference features eight presentations and workshops including:

  • Mapping Information Literacy through the Northwestern State University Curriculum (Patricia Brown, Northwestern State University of Louisiana Libraries);
  • Using Wikipedia to Teach the Framework (Brandon Adler, University of New Orleans);
  • Conducting Feminist Centered Socially Justice Research (Melissa Chomintra, Tulane University);
  • How Photographs Can Tell Lies (Ashley Kauschinger, Gwinnett County Public Library);
  • Using Kahoot! and Padlet for Information Literacy Instruction (Rob Stephens and Brandy Burbante, Nicholls State University);
  • The Task Master: Utilizing Task Managing Apps to Make the Most of Your Day (Elizabeth Layton, Nicholls State University);
  • Business Information Essentials (Ellen Jenkins, Nicholls State University); and
  • What Happened to You?  Transforming Library Interactions with a Trauma-Informed Approach (Jessica Styons, State Library of Louisiana).

The conference will also include a special evening session geared towards the general public. In five-minute, lightning round sessions, attendees will get to learn about what information literacy is and how it applies to daily life. Those attendees already well versed in information literacy will get to learn about new and exciting research in the field.  The nolaILC describes it as “Speed Data-ing with Librarians.” The community session will take place on Monday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m. Central Time.    

There will also be a Virtual Picnic Lunch after the last presentation on Thursday, August 5. 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.

The nolaILC was founded over ten years ago with the mission to foster the development of information literacy and facilitate 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.      

For more information about this year’s conference and sessions and to register for the conference, visit: https://nolailc.wordpress.com. You can also register for the conference now. Registration is limited to 500, so be sure to get your spot!

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.