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Library Instruction West 2016: Learning Elevated

Call for Proposals

The Library Instruction West 2016 Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at our conference, to be held Wednesday, June 8th through Friday, June 10th, 2016 at Westminster College and University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, co-hosted by institutions across the state.


Library Instruction West is the new name for the popular LOEX of the West conference. The new name reflects the mission of the conference and reflects our regional spirit; it also distinguishes this conference from the national LOEX organization and conference.


Library Instruction West 2016 has chosen “Learning Elevated” as this year’s theme.  Utah is widely known for its beautiful mountain ranges and five national parks. In keeping with that landscape, we want to hear about ways librarians are elevating and increasing student learning at their institutions. General categories for possible topics include:


  • Beware of false summits: Elevating student learning
  • Tools for the trail: Supporting innovative technologies & online learning
  • Improve the path for next time: Building authentic assessments
  • Establish new footholds: Implementing threshold concepts & the Framework
  • Never hike alone: Collaborating with faculty
  • Finding your path: Developing ourselves as teachers


Please visit the conference website for more information:


Session Formats

Our session formats are simple and allow for creativity. There are two options for session length: 15 minutes and 45 minutes. The 15 minute sessions will be like a longer lightning talk, with roughly 10 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Bring your energy for lively discussions! The format is flexible for the 45 minute sessions, and you are welcome to try an experimental format or propose a traditional session like a panel, workshop, or presentation. All proposals will be blind reviewed.


Proposal Submissions

The deadline for submitting your session proposal is 11:59 pm MST, Friday, October 2, 2015.


For your proposal, please submit the following two session descriptions:

  1. A short abstract of 150 words or less. If your proposal is accepted, we will use this abstract for the conference program. The review committee will not see these abstracts, so they caninclude identifying information.
  2. A longer session description of 300 – 500 words. The Program Committee will review this description for selection purposes. This description must notinclude any identifying information about the institution or presenters to ensure a blind review.


The submission form is available online:


Session proposals will be scored on these criteria:

  • Clarity of goals or objectives for session
  • Originality, creativity, or innovation in content and/or presentation
  • Timeliness/relevance of content
  • Connection to conference theme, “Learning Elevated”



August 3, 2015: Call for proposal released

October 2, 2015: Deadline for proposal submission

December 18, 2015: Acceptance notifications sent via email

January 15, 2016:  Session confirmations due

June 8-10, 2016: Library Instruction West in Salt Lake City, Utah



We are pleased to continue a successful relationship with Reference Services Review. Presenters are encouraged to submit a paper based on their presentation for inclusion in a special issue of RSR. Selected papers will be published, subject to double blind peer review, in 2017.


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Twitter hashtag: #liw16

(JETDE) Special issue on Emerging Trends of Learning Analytics in the Era of Transparency

Greetings all, please see below a call for articles for a Special Issue of Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE) on Emerging Trends of Learning Analytics in the Era of Transparency. The submission deadline was extended to August 15, 2015:

Questions should be directed to the co-editors:

Jui-Long Hung
Boise State University

Chih-Hsiung Tu
Northern Arizona University

Please submit an article related to these possible topic areas:

  • Initiatives or analytics in Open Education Data
  • Emerging trends of big data and text mining in education
  • Learning analytics in formal, non-formal, and informal learning environments
  • Data standards and feature extractions in learning analytics and data visualization
  • Emerging trends of academic analytics, game-based analytics, and mobile learning analytics
  • Systematic review of learning analytics and educational data mining in practice
  • Emerging trends of social media interactions and social analytics in teaching and learning
  • Case study of learning analytics adoption for supporting educational decisions

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: August 15, 2015
  • Reviews Completed: September 30, 2015
  • Revisions Due: October 30, 2015
  • Reviews of Revisions Completed: November 30, 2015
  • Notification of Final Acceptance: December 15, 2015
  • Publication date: December 2015