Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fake News and Digital Literacy: The academic library’s role in shaping digital citizenship - Florida Chapter of ACRL (Tampa, FLA)

Fake News and Digital Literacy: The academic library’s role in shaping digital citizenship
The Florida Chapter of ACRL (FACRL) is seeking proposals for presentations and poster sessions for the 2017 FACRL Annual Conference to explore digital literacy in higher education and the library’s responsibility to lead the charge toward the creation of learners with the requisite skills to engage critically and ethically with information in an open knowledge society. As proven authorities on information literacy, librarians are well positioned to lead learners through a politically and digitally polarized environment and advocate for the development of digital citizenship. The annual conference will be held on Friday, October 20, at the Tampa Bay History Museum, Tampa, FL.
Proposals are due by Monday, August 14, 2017, and should be submitted via the following link: Presentations should be 45 minutes in length with additional time provided for questions. Acceptance emails will be sent on or before August 25, 2017.
Presentations and posters of superior quality may be considered for future publication in a special issue of The Reference Librarian, a major refereed journal published by Taylor and Francis.
Presentations and posters may address the following, but all proposals relevant to academic librarianship and digital literacy will be considered:
  • Institutional initiatives showcasing librarians as leaders, teachers, and supporters of digital citizenship at their respective institutions.
  • Innovative applications of the ACRL Framework and corresponding instructional strategies that help students explore and understand the concepts of digital literacy.
  • Case studies highlighting libraries capitalizing on the sensationalism of fake news to convene and lead, insightful community conversations on the moral and ethical implications of digital literacy.
  • Digital collection development and how using electronic library resources can promote critical thinking, improve reading skills, and help learners better understand the research process.
  • Legislative advocacy initiatives involving broader campus communities to inform and inspire action supporting the principles of digital literacy, freedom of information and efforts to ensure equal access to information.
  • Other topics relevant to academic libraries and digital literacy. Need additional information to supplement your proposal? Check out the resources provided by the Digital Citizens Alliance and the Digital Citizenship Institute.
Inquiries may be sent to the FACRL Program Selection Committee Chair, Michelle Demeter at or 850-645-2707.

Kimberly A. Copenhaver
President, Florida Chapter of ACRL
Behavioral Sciences Librarian/Associate Professor of Reference, Instruction and Access Services
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