The symposium will take place on Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11, 2015. Download the  full program below.

2015 Symposium on LIS Education Program

Invited Presentations

The 2015 Symposium on LIS Education is proud to feature invited presentations from LIS professionals, whose innovative contributions to the field began when they were MLS students and recent graduates. The members of the planning committee count their voices among the inspiration for our work in putting together the Symposium.

Be You.  Just the Best Possible Version of You.

Emily Weak, Hiring Librarians

“Hiring is all about fit.”  “Be professional.”  But what do these terms really mean for new grads, and for librarianship?  Let’s talk about how students can push us beyond these concepts, and how it can change our industry.  This talk will help students make their own decisions as they sort through the advice they receive.

Prior to becoming a librarian, Emily Weak was variously: a circus student, a cheese monger, and a grocery store manager. She is currently an Adult & Virtual Services Librarian at the City of Mountain View Public Library, where she is able to have her hands in a wide variety of programs such as the MVPL Seed Library, Silicon Valley Grows, the Library Bike Stop project, and of course the ESL Conversation Club. In her spare time, she writes the Hiring Librarians, the blog about hiring librarians.

Emily’s Presentation Materials

Go Forth.  OR – Community is easy, change is difficult.

Brianna Marshall, Annie Pho, & Micah Vandegrift, Hack Library School

Library school is an amazing time to exchange ideas, ask questions and take in different perspectives. Hack Library School began as a means to empower us all to approach this time critically, challenging our institutions, programs, professors and colleagues to be better. From Britt Foster’s first post on “Big Tent Library School,” the focus of our team of writers was always to connect the library student community to one another. Maintaining that energy and spirit of connection grows more difficult in the workplace, especially across the artificial/real boundaries of public v. academic v. special v. archives. Annie, Brianna and Micah will speak from a few years experience beyond library school about how the Hack Library School community continues to inspire us, and also how we attempt to invoke that inspiration in our work. Ultimately, this panel is a reminder that the profession of librarianship is a great one, and that it deserves to be honored. We have the responsibility, as students, professionals, colleagues, to build and maintain this profession and especially to force it to change when it needs to.

Brianna was a Hack Library School writer and editor from her first year of library school until graduating with her Master of Library Science (MLS) and Master of Information Science (MIS) from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing in 2014. Currently she is Digital Curation Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is responsible for management, implementation, and outreach for data curation services, including leading the interdisciplinary group Research Data Services and managing UW’s institutional repository, MINDS@UW. Learn more about Brianna on her blog or Twitter.

Annie Pho graduated with her MLS from Indiana University-Indianapolis in 2012, where she started writing, and then eventually became an editor for the Hack Library School Blog. Currently, she is an Undergraduate Experience Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she works with first-year students teaching library instruction and doing other public service-y things.

Micah Vandegrift graduated with his MLIS from Florida State University’s School of Library and Information Studies in April 2011. His particular areas of interest were/are digital humanities and scholarly communications. Micah once wrote a thing that got a lot of people excited about library school, and he is super proud to be a part of that community/resource. Micah is currently working as the Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Florida State University, and loving every second of it. He also overuses this/that slash thingie.

Brianna, Annie, and Micah’s Presentation Materials

Unconference Sessions

In addition to formal presentations, the Symposium on LIS Education is an opportunity to talk to fellow LIS students and others about the issues you’re most passionate about. Small group facilitated discussions around LIS education topics will take place on Friday, April 10.

Discussion topics (live now!) were drawn from participants’ suggestions at registration.

Refereed Presentations

Presentations will take place on Saturday, April 11. Curious about what to see? Check out the abstracts!

Let’s Talk About E-Waste: How Can LIS Pedagogy Engage This Difficult Problem?
Jimi Jones
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Karin Hodgin Jones
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jimi and Karin’s Presentation Materials


Recontextualizing humanities skills for coding
Elizabeth Wickes
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elizabeth’s Presentation Materials


Don’t Fear the Technology…Completely: A Call to Action for Youth Librarians
Kim Naples
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kim’s Presentation Materials


Attempting To Critically Engage: Researching GBTQ Youth Information-Seeking-Behaviors
Blake Hawkins
University of British-Columbia

Blake’s Presentation Materials


Diversity in Young Adult Services
Christina Matekel
San Jose State University School of Information

Christina’s Presentation Materials


Diversity in LIS Education: Continuing the Conversation
Twanna Hodge and Beth Lytle
University of Washington

Twanna & Beth’s Presentation Materials


Accessible Options: Putting Learning Disabilities into Library School
Caitlin Archer-Helke
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Caitlin’s Presentation Materials


NOTE: The “Looking Back and Looking Forward” Panel has been cancelled
Carol Tilley, David Dubin and Kathryn LaBarre
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Filling in the Spaces
Anna Chovanec, Carl C. Haynes and Katrina Maust
Syracuse University

Anna, Carl, and Katrina’s Presentation Materials


LEEP, WISE, CPLA, MOOC: Expanding Access to Library and Information Science Education
Linda Smith
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Linda’s Presentation

Linda’s Handout


Evolution of programme design and curricula on master level in leading Nordic information Science Schools – Influence of the iSchool movement in curricula
Marton Nemeth
Monguz Ltd (Hungary)

Marton’s Presentation Materials


Political economy in the LIS professions: acknowledging, naming, and closing the gaps in LIS education
Adam Paradis
Fr. Michael L. Pfleger Archives

Adam’s Presentation Materials


Intellectual Freedom is Not Social Justice: ALA Accreditation, Symbolic Capital, and LIS Curricula
Kyle Shockey
Indiana University

Kyle’s Presentation Materials


LIS Education and New Conceptions of Democracy
Ryan Randall
Indiana University

Ryan’s Presentation Materials


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