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C.A.L.L.: Conference About Libraries & Literacy

Thursday, February 9, 2017

It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to the first Conference About Libraries & Literacy (C.A.L.L.). The conference is a collaboration between UW-La Crosse Murphy Library, the School District of La Crosse, the La Crosse Public Library, and Western Tech Community College, and will take place at Murphy Library on the UW-La Crosse campus on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Librarians from from all types of libraries (school, public, academic, special, etc.) are welcome to attend.

In our age of globalization, today’s youth will become the interconnected and interdependent community citizens of tomorrow. From kindergarten to college, these youth have the opportunity to benefit from school, public, academic, and special libraries. How can these diverse types of libraries work together to support, engage, and contribute to the overall literacy of these future leaders? How are libraries of different types connecting in this quest, and are these opportunities available to you as a librarian or educator in your community?

C.A.L.L. is a new conference and collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Murphy Library, the School District of La Crosse, the La Crosse Public Library, and Western Technical College. Librarians and educators in the Midwest and beyond, from all types of libraries and educational institutions, are welcome to participate.

Attendees can expect to network and discover new ways to collaborate with like-minded people from different types of libraries. The theme “If Only They Knew” refers to the idea that each library has things to share that could help other libraries be more successful as they strive to advance literacy in kindergarten through college-age patrons. What better way to start the conversation than to bring everyone together for a day of connecting and sharing the things that could help libraries of different types be successful, “if only they knew” about those things.

Keynote: Dr. Heather Brunold, M.ED, Ed.D.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dr. Brunold has held roles at college preparatory, secular, independent, progressive, and faith-based schools as faculty, dean of students, and principal. In higher education, she worked at the University of Southern California as admissions counselor, academic advisor in the Viterbi School of Engineering, and in the Office of the Provost as the manager of the Women in Science and Engineering Program.

With more than two decades as a thought leader in education, Dr. Brunold has established herself as a specialist in adolescent development and family/school dynamics. After completing her doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, Dr. Brunold became recognized as an expert in school-type and its role in college preparation. Her research has involved more than 34,000 college applicants at over 8,000 different high schools.


We are delighted to invite presenters on the following topics of interest that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Successful collaborations which help develop information literacy skills in learners
  • Innovative programs or initiatives which promote information literacy
  • Defining information literacy in a digital age

Submission Details

To submit a conference proposal, please use the submission form. The deadline to submit proposals is Thursday, November 17, 2016.  The committee invites proposals that address current challenges faced by professionals in the field and are solution-oriented as well as stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement. Presentation formats are 5 minute lightning rounds and 30 minute presentations. Panel presentations are accepted. Notification of acceptance will be Monday, December 5, 2016.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Liz Humrickhouse-Lee, ehumrickhouse-lee@uwlax.edu.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference About Libraries and Literacy!

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Thank You!

Hello and thank you!

The first annual Conference About Libraries & Literacy was a success and it was all because of you! On behalf of the entire C.A.L.L. committee, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of those who presented and attended the conference on February 9th. We truly appreciate the time, energy, and attention you invested in us throughout the day and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

As promised, we’ve posted the presentation materials here. You can also find them by clicking on the “2017 Conference Materials” link at the top of the page.

Thank you again and we hope to see you next year!

Warmest regards,

Liz Humrickhouse


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