Pre-conference workshops will be held at the Harriet Irving Library at UNB. All other presentations will be held in the Wu Conference Centre.

The WILU 2013 schedule is also available via Visit to create a personalized conference schedule, and take advantage of’s mobile web app for on-the-go conference schedule information.

The full conference program is also available as a downloadable pdf. Please note that a printed program will be included with your conference registration materials.

Presentation materials (slides, etc) are now available, via the session abstracts page.

Wednesday, May 8


8:00 – 9:15 AM: Registration for Pre-Conference Workshops (Harriet Irving Library)
9:00 – 11:45 AM: Pre-Conference Workshops
Involving Students in their Learning Processes: Practical Strategies for Learner-Centered Information Literacy Instruction
Kerry Creelman (Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction, University of Houston)
Seminar Room (109), Harriet Irving Library
Creating Library Instruction Videos
Jennifer Peters (Teaching and Learning Technologies Librarian, Seneca College)
Ewan Gibson (Digital Resources Media Instruction Technician, Seneca College)
Learning Lab (112), Harriet Irving Library
10:45 AM – 5:45 PM: Registration / Information Desk (Wu Centre)
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch for Pre-Conference Workshop Attendees (Harriet Irving Library)
1:00 – 1:15 PM: Welcome
1:15 – 2:30 PM: Opening Keynote Address (Kent Auditorium)
MOOCs, Rhizomes, and Networks: Information Literacies in a Time of Complexity and Abundance
Dave Cormier
Bonnie Stewart
2:30 – 3:00 PM: Break
3:00 – 3:45 PM: Concurrent Sessions A
A National Information Literacy Framework for Canada: The Time is Now
Cara Bradley (Teaching & Learning Librarian, University of Regina)
Chancellor’s Room
Open Revolution or Shades of Grey? Open Resources on the Front Lines of Education
Robyn Hall (Librarian, Grant MacEwan University)
Room 203
Discover Deeper Meanings: Just Add Archives
Wendy Robicheau (Archivist, Acadia University)
Amber Klatt (Research Assistant, Acadia University)
Room 100A
Being Productive with PDFs & Apps & Mobile devices (Android & Apple)
Gwendolyn MacNairn (Librarian, Dalhousie University)
Room 204
3:45 – 4:00 PM: Break
4:00 – 4:45 PM: Concurrent Sessions B
Forming connections: Information literacy and personal learning environments
Alison Hicks (Romance Language Librarian,University of Colorado, Boulder)
Caroline Sinkinson (Teaching and Learning Librarian, University of Colorado, Boulder)
Room 100A
Teaching synchronicity: Creating the space for serendipity
Torie Scott (Faculty Librarian, Portland Community College)
Rachel Bridgewater (Faculty Librarian, Portland Community College)
Room 203
Information Literacy: A Critical Appraisal
Francesca Holyoke (Head, Archives & Special Collections, University of New Brunswick)
Meg Raven (Mount Saint Vincent University)
Lisa Sloniowski (York University)
Chancellor’s Room
Breaking Bad Information Literacy in the Workplace: How do we deal with the lack of synchronicity?
Todd Quinn (Business & Economics Data Librarian, University of New Mexico)
Room 204
6:00 – 8:00 PM: Opening Reception (Harriet Irving Library)

Thursday, May 9


8:00 – 9:15 AM: Breakfast (Wu Centre)
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Registration / Information Desk (Wu Centre)
9:15 – 10:00 AM: Concurrent Sessions C
Lesson Study: Creating a Synchronized Approach to Information Literacy Instruction
Eric Jennings (Assistant Professor, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire)
Room 203
Critical Information Literacy and Literary History: Teaching the Conflicts in the Digital Age
Heidi LM Jacobs (Information Literacy Librarian, University of Windsor)
Room 204
Reading list (R)evolution — exploring the value of reading lists as a pedagogical tool to support students’ development of information skills
Gillian Siddall (University of Northampton)
Room 100A
Learner-centered teaching: A reflection of an explorative practice of teaching new Chinese students Library Orientation in their native language
Jennifer Zhao (Liaison Librarian, McGill University)
Room 209
10:00 – 10:15 AM: Break
10:15 – 11:00 AM: Concurrent Sessions D
Are you ready? A path to data and government information preparedness
Michelle Hudson (Science & Social Science Data Librarian, Yale University)
Melanie Maksin (Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, Public Policy, and Government Information, Yale University)
Room 203
Learning Environment Architect : Moving from Lecture to Experience
Mara Bordignon (Manager, Teaching and Learning Services, Seneca College)
Gail Strachan (Information Literacy Librarian, Seneca College)
Chancellor’s Room
Synergistic Literacies and Graduate Learners: A Critical Perspective
Rosemary Green (Graduate Programs Librarian, Shenandoah University)
Room 100A
The need is now; the time is now: a teaching boot camp for new library instructors
Carolyn Meier (First Year Experience Librarian, Virginia Tech)
Jennifer Munson (Binding Services Staff, Virginia Tech)
Rebecca Miller (Information Literacy Coordinator, Virginia Tech)
Room 204
11:00 – 11:15 AM: Break
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions E
Information Literacy in Accreditation Standards for Professional University Programs: Get in Sync!
Cara Bradley (Teaching & Learning Librarian, University of Regina)
Room 203
Learning Outcomes Assessment in an Undergraduate Class: Are they learning?
Marg Sloan (Research & Instructional Services Librarian, The University of Western Ontario)
Chancellor’s Room
“I Didn’t Know I Could Use the Library!” Meeting the Needs of Students Online
Joseph Hardenbrook (Instruction and Reference Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)
Room 204
Ask The Library (of Parliament)! A comprehensive program to introduce new MPs to Library tools, products and services
Thomas Richardson (Client Services Coordinator Library of Parliament)
Room 100A
12:00 – 1:15 PM: Lunch
1:15 – 3:00 PM: Ignite Talks
3:00 – 3:30 PM: Break
3:30 – 4:15: Concurrent Sessions F
Connecting the Academy and the Real World: Using Dilemma Cases to Teach Students Lifelong Inquiry
Savannah Kelly (Instructional Services Librarian, Westmont College)
Room 203
Layered Curriculum Mapping using XMind as a Tool for Integrated Library Instruction Program Development – A Case Study
Cam Laforest (Public Services Librarian, University of Alberta Libraries)
Room 204
Literacies — Information and beyond: The Learning Commons and the embedding of academic literacy instruction in disciplinary courses
Sophie Bury (Business Librarian & Head, Peter. F. Bronfman Business Library, York University)
Ron Sheese (University Professor, York University)
Rebecca Katz (Graduate Student, Boston University)
Chancellor’s Room
Student Empathy 101
Yvonne Phillips (Librarian, Red Deer College)
Room 100A
6:00 – 8:00 PM: Dine Arounds

Friday, May 10


8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast (Wu Centre)
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Registration / Information Desk (Wu Centre)
9:00 – 9:45 AM: Concurrent Sessions G
First Year Success: Integrating Information Literacy into an Interdisciplinary Program for At-Risk Students
Janet Goosney (Information Literacy Coordinator, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University)
Jeannie Bail (Information Services Librarian, Memorial University)
Lorna Adcock (Head of Information & Lending Services, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University)
Room 100A
Beside the Point: Useful Alternatives to PowerPoint for Instruction Librarians
Brad Sietz (Director, LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction, Eastern Michigan University)
Room 203
Discussion-Based Teaching in the Library: Engaging Students across Diverse Disciplines
Sharon Ladenson (Gender and Communication Studies Librarian, Michigan State University)
Room 204
9:45 – 10:00 AM: Break
10:00 – 10:45 AM: Concurrent Sessions H
“You must come see my daughter’s pet deer”: Cultural immersion for effective offshore distance learner support
Marc Bragdon (Distance Education Librarian, University of New Brunswick)
Room 100A
In Our Time: Open Government, Civic Engagement, and Academic Libraries
Deena Yanofsky (Liaison Librarian, McGill University)
Room 203
SPARK: Fire up an information literacy program for faculty
Jennifer Peters (Teaching and Learning Technologies Librarian, Seneca College)
Mara Bordignon (Manager, Teaching and Learning Services, Seneca College)
Chancellor’s Room
Multilingual minds and the library
Tea Rokolj (Government Information Librarian, University of Ottawa)
Room 204
10:45 – 11:00 AM: Break
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Closing Keynote (Kent Auditorium)
Changing the Conversation
Terry O’Reilly
12:15 – 12:30 PM: Closing Remarks and Announcement of WILU 2014
12:30 – 12:45 PM: Lunch (boxed)


Thanks to our Speakers

In lieu of gifts to our speakers, donations have been made to two organizations that promote literacy across the lifespan: Laubach Literacy Fredericton, Inc. and Born to Read NB.

Born to Read NB is a program designed to promote the importance of reading to children from birth. In order to act on this message new parents are presented with a bag of books to read to baby.

Laubach Literacy Fredericton, Inc. is a volunteer non-profit organization founded in 1978. Its mission is to raise the literacy level of the people of the Fredericton area through the “Each One Teach One” method.

Both are valuable organizations in our community. Any delegate wishing to make an individual donation is invited to do so at the organizations’ web sites.