About the Connecticut Information Literacy Conference
The mission of the Connecticut Information Literacy Conference is to provide professional development opportunities that encompass information literacy standards, practices and methods for instructional librarians from both academic and non-academic libraries, as well as academic faculty and staff members, to grow and enhance their teaching skills and effectively promote life-long learning in the state of Connecticut.
The original purpose of the Connecticut Information Literacy Conference was to provide professional development opportunities for academic librarians from both the Connecticut State Universities system and the Connecticut Community College system to engage with the newest delivery systems of information literacy instruction and each other in order to streamline the IL educational process as much as possible. Due to the overwhelming interest in the subject of information literacy as the focus of a professional development event from college librarians across Connecticut, the first conference included college librarians from both private and public institutions in April of 2011.
The second annual Connecticut Information Literacy Conference expanded its audience and presenters to include faculty members from academic institutions in order to create a collaborative environment in which information literacy would thrive to the benefit of college students. The third annual conference expanded once again to include public librarians and library media specialists who are beginning to include information literacy in their library instruction sessions.
In the fall of 2013, the conference – which had grown in attendance by 100% since 2011 - was transferred from the stewardship of the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors (CCALD) to that of the Connecticut Library Association’s College and University Libraries Section. This move has allowed the event to increase its potential to deliver high-quality professional development to attendees from across the Northeast in the vital academic discipline of information literacy and its successive iterations.
2020 CT Information Literacy Conference Chairs
Head of Reference and Instruction
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Central Connecticut State University
2020 CT Information Literacy Conference Planning Committee
Yolanda Bergstrom-Lynch, Eastern Connecticut State University
Kristina Edwards, Central Connecticut State University
Pam Graham, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Chair
Wendy Hardenberg, Southern Connecticut State University
Diana Hellyar, Southern Connecticut State University
Seth Kershner, Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Martha Kruy, Central Connecticut State University
Mark Lasek, St. Peter's Health Partners
Dan Lewis, Capital Community College
Jeffrey Liszka, Trinity College
Kyle Lynes, University of Hartford
Jillian Maynard, Central Connecticut State University
Jenn Nolte, Yale University
Susan Slaga-Metivier, Central Connecticut State University
Lisa Thornell, Fairfield University
Naomi Toftness, Post University
Angela Walker, Eastern Connecticut State University