Friday, June 6, 2014
UMass Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA

The annual program was inspired by the year's keynote speaker, Yu-Hui Chen and the article she co-authored with Mary K. Van Ullen, “Helping International Students Succeed Academically through Research Process and Plagiarism Workshops” (

Presenters shared and explored how instruction librarians negotiate the many differences they encounter in our work, be they one-on-one, collaborative or in the classroom. For example, do you have a technique for dealing with a particular difference in your library instruction sessions? How do you incorporate your own differences into teaching information literacy skills to students? What collaborative partnerships have you developed on your campus to accommodate difference into your information literacy program?

Morning Breakout Sessions:

  • Research Vocabulary & International Students
    Sarah Smurr, Brenda Yates Habich, Lisa Jarrell (virtual), Ball State University
  • From kindergarten to college: Using skill-based learning centers as an information literacy approach
    Dianne Brown and Tiffeni Fontno, Lesley University, and Erica Street, Simmons College
  • Equal Access: Making Print Accessible for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Zoe Rath, Berklee College of Music
  • Navigating an Academic Library: Puzzling at Home, Bewildering in a Foreign Country
    Barbara Kenney, Heidi Benedict, and Lindsey Gumb, Roger Williams University

Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

  • Working With Different Skill Levels: Individualizing Information Literacy Instruction for Graduate Students
    Mona Anne Niedbala, University of Rhode Island
  • Building Bridges: University libraries and ESL programs working together to meet student needs
    Dominic LaFlamme and Mary C. MacDonald, University of Rhode Island
  • Universal Design
    Mare Parker-O’Toole, Wheelock College
  • Academic Integrity Instruction and Community College Students Issues, Perceptions -- The Role for Information Literacy Instruction Librarians
    Vivica Pierre and Svetlana Ordian, Bunker Hill Community College

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