Wednesday, November 06, 2019

CFP: SCIL Works 2020: Disaster Planning: Bouncing back from instructional fails (Long Beach, California - January 17th, 2020)

CFP SCIL Works 2020: Disaster Planning: Bouncing back from instructional fails

Title: Disaster Planning: Bouncing back from instruction fails
When: Friday, January 17, 9am - 1pm
Where: CSU Long Beach
Proposal Due Date: Friday, November 22

Have you recently had an exemplary instruction experience? Where the students were all fully engaged, the tech all worked perfectly, the time frame aligned perfectly with what you wanted to teach, and the research project was interesting and inspiring?  Congratulations!   
This is not THAT conference; however, maybe next year.

We’ve all had instruction sessions, lesson plans, or tutorials where something (large or small) has gone wrong. Some examples may include: 
  • The classroom was unfamiliar 
  • The Wi-Fi went down 
  • The tech or database wasn’t working properly
  • Students behaved inappropriately
  • The instructor asked for one thing in planning, but had something different the day-of

What did you do? How did you fix it for next time? Any advice for librarians in similar situations? Come share with us at SCIL Works 2020.  
Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) will be hosting SCIL Works on Friday, January 17, 2019. This annual mini-conference offers librarians the opportunity to share their best practices, innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues. SCIL Works 2020 will focus on the many ways in which instruction librarians have adapted and bounced back from lesson plans that didn’t quite work as expected. 
We are accepting proposals for presentations in one of two formats: 
  • Presentation: A  20-minute presentation where the presenter shares their research or an effective program or practice with participants, with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A.
  • Lightning Round: A live, 5-minute poster session or slide deck. This presentation could briefly describe a unique problem you encountered, highlight a troublesome online tool or tutorial, or exhibit an assessment process or instrument gone wrong.
Please complete the Proposal Submission Form by 5:00 pm, Friday, November 22.  All submissions will be blind-reviewed by a panel. Presenters will be notified that their submissions have been accepted by Friday, December 13. If you have questions about submitting, please contact Judith Opdahl, SCIL Chair at
You will be asked to include the following information in your submission.
  • Primary contact name, institution, title, phone number, email
  • Other presenters names (if any)
  • Title of presentation
  • Short description of the presentation (no more than 250 words)
  • One paragraph describing how this presentation addresses the theme of the program
  • One learning outcome for attendees
Presenters will receive priority registration. 
We appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you!