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Call for Proposals: CRD Spring Workshop Breakout Sessions

February 26, 2020

Workshop Theme: Pennsylvania Academic Libraries: Powering Progress with Essential Literacies

Description: Academic libraries are known as champions of information literacy. Though information literacy is vital to the critical thinking development of college students, it is not the only literacy needed to be successful. Additionally, many libraries are interpreting information literacy beyond its traditional definition to increase their scope and services to their campus communities. On Tuesday, May 19 at Penn State Harrisburg in Middletown, PA, the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association will explore how we engage with many literacies in an academic library context. 

To facilitate this exploration, we are seeking innovative and interactive proposals for one-hour breakout sessions that showcase scholarship in or academic library efforts to engage their campus communities in the five essential literacies that empower our students to become critical thinkers and engaged citizens as identified by the PA Forward Star Library Program (

  • Information Literacy
  • Health Literacy
  • Civic and Social Literacy 
  • Financial Literacy 
  • Basic Literacy 

You do not need to be a Star Library in order to submit a proposal. Proposals should broadly fit the theme of at least one literacy category, and may relate to instruction, programming, collection development, or any other area your library supports through literacy efforts. 

Proposal Requirements: Proposals must include a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, the literacy/literacies addressed, a brief plan for audience engagement, and 2-3 learning objectives. Please refrain from including identifiable information in your abstract and other materials to help ensure a blind evaluation. PaLA CRD members will be given preference in session evaluation and selection. 

Submissions are due by March 16.

Submit your proposal here:

Workshop registration and more information is available here:

Questions? Contact us at

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Support is also provided by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association,

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