Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Join the LILAC Group at CCCC 2015 in Tampa, FL

This year, members of the LILAC Group will be hosting a half-day, pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, March 18,  1:30-5pm, and a panel presentation on Thursday, March 19, 12:15-1:30pm.

We hope you will join us at one of these events if you are interested in learning more about the LILAC Project or in partnering with us, or, if you can't make it, email jwalker@georgiasouthern.edu for more information.

For more information, or to register for CCCC,  visit http://www.ncte.org/cccc/conv/.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

LILAC Workshop at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

Once again this year, the LILAC Project is hosting a post-conference workshop, free for all registered conference participants at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, GA. The workshop will run from 1-4 pm on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

In this workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience with the research-aloud protocol (RAP) video captures used as part of this study, followed by whole group discussion of how these videos and the LILAC findings can be used by teachers, librarians, and others. Workshop participants will also be invited to participate in the LILAC Project as partners.
WORKSHOP FACILITATORS: Kathy Albertson, Georgia Southern University; Susan Brown, Kennesaw State University; Susan Smith, Georgia Southern University; Janice R. Walker, Georgia Southern University; Leigh Ann Williams, Georgia Southern University

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

LILAC Presentation at Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) Conference in Normal, IL

Janice Walker will be presenting "Report from the LILAC Project: Information Literacy as Critical Thinking" at the CWPA Conference hosted by The Illinois State University Writing Program, Normal, IL, Panel C8, 1:30-2:45pm, Friday, July 18, 2014.

We are also still seeking partner institutions/researchers to join us!

Invitation to Participate
The LILAC Project (Learning Information Literacy Across the Curriculum) invites institutions to join us as partners in an exciting multi-institutional study of students’ information-seeking behaviors.

LILAC subjects complete an online questionnaire gathering demographic data and information about their research training and skills, along with a 15-minute research session using a research-aloud protocol (RAP) that captures their voice narration and screen activities as they research a topic.
Join us! To learn more about the LILAC project or to discuss becoming a researcher, visit the LILAC blog at http://lilac-group.blogspot.com or contact Dr. Janice R. Walker at jwalker@georgiasouthern.edu.

Monday, May 05, 2014

2014 Graduate Research Network

Planning to attend the 2014 Computers and Writing Conference in Pullman, WA?  Don't forget to sign up to participate in the Graduate Research Network.  It's free for all registered conference attendees, and it's a wonderful opportunity to network, to get feedback on work or ideas at any stage of progress, and it's NOT just for graduate students.

Please join us.  Deadline for submissions is May 9.  Visit our Web site at http://www.gradresearchnetwork.org/ for more information.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Join the LILAC Project!

The LILAC Project is still seeking partner institutions to join us in this important research. Copies of our IRB application and letter of Approval, Call for Partner Institutions, Instructions for Partner Institutions, and other relevant materials are available at http://tinyurl.com/mkzzrbo, or contact jwalker@georgiasouthern.edu for more information.

What Is the LILAC Project?

The LILAC Project is a multi-institutional study of the information-seeking behaviors of students from a variety of levels and institution types. Our central research questions include:

  • Where and how have students been taught information-seeking skills?
  • What are students carrying away with them from this instruction?
  • How do students actually locate, identify, and evaluate information?
  • Where (and how) can instructors intervene to help students improve their information-seeking skiills, if necessary?
  • What differences and/or similarities can we identify in student information-literacy instruction at different institutions?
  • What strengths and weaknesses exist in student information-seeking skills at these different institutions?
  • What conclusions, if any, can we draw from these results?


While students are receiving instruction in information literacy skills, including instruction in locating, evaluating, using, and citing information sources, much of this learning does not carry over with them beyond the confines of the specific assignment or classroom. This research will, we hope, help us to see where the disconnects might lie between what students have been taught and what they are actually doing, allowing us to determine how to best provide instruction at the point of need rather than divorced from the research and writing process itself.

Who Can Join Us?

Graduate students, faculty, librarians--anyone interested in helping us to collect survey and video data at your local institution. We will provide assistance as much as possible to navigate IRB approval, and provide simple instructions for collecting data.  See materials at at http://tinyurl.com/mkzzrbo, or contact jwalker@georgiasouthern.edu for more information.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

LILAC Project Seeking Partner Institutions

The LILAC Project is now seeking partner institutions to join us.  If you are interested and will be in CCCC in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 20, 2014, jcome to our panel, D.01, 3:15-4:30pm, in the JW Marriott, 1st Floor, Room 205.

Copies of our IRB application and letter of approval, Call for Partner Institutions, Instructions for Partner Institutions, and other relevant materials are available at at http://tinyurl.com/mkzzrbo.

Contact jwalker@georgiasouthern.edu for more information about the LILAC Project.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

ACRL Seeks Feedback on Draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

I hope some of us can respond to this important work.  In the request for feedback, ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant notes that

      Since the publication of the first standards [in 2000], the information environment has evolved into a fragmented, complex information ecosystem that demands greater sense-making and metacognition from the student. To better equip students to navigate, understand and contribute in this dynamic information ecosystem, the task force determined that move from the traditional standards model to a Framework was needed to allow for more creative and integrated information literacy learning outcomes. The new Framework seeks to address the interconnected nature of the abilities, practices and dispositions of the student, moving away from the hierarchical and formulaic approach of the current standards.
Comments are requested by 5pm central time, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. To access the Framework and the link to the Survey Monkey form for comments, please visit the Web site at http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/8329.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

LILAC Strikes Again

We will be presenting on LILAC at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Indianapolis, IN, this March.  Follow the link below for details.