Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: fostering a dialogue for international understanding
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Please join the ACRL Student Learning & Information Literacy Committee on 2/28/2017 at 11amEST/10amCST for the first in a series of programming around the forthcoming Global Perspectives on Information Literacy white paper. Please enter your details below, and a link to the online meeting will be sent closer to the time.

ACRL SLILC Forum: Global Perspectives on Information Literacy

The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) is excited to announce the first in a series of programming and events related to the forthcoming white paper, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding. The white paper was edited by the ACRL SLILC committee and consists of thirteen chapters written by IL theorists and practitioners from various regions of the world (Africa, Canada, Europe, Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East), including a foreword by Dr. Emma Coonan of University of East Anglia. The white paper gives important insight into themes, trends, and priorities for information literacy around the globe. Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding will be published in March 2017.

Please join Merinda Kaye Hensley, past chair of SLILC, and Dr. Emma Coonan on February 28th 2017 for an ACRL SLILC online forum. Hensley and Coonan will outline the genesis of the white paper, as well as introduce the themes and highlights emerging from the work. Future programming and opportunities to engage with the authors, including a ACRL 2017 Conference panel and discussion, will be outlined.

View a preview of the white paper, the foreword written by Dr. Emma Coonan, “Towards a constructive unbalancing: The reflexive turn in information literacy” at

The online forum will be held via Webex during the following time:
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:00 EST | 10:00 CST. For time in your time zone, please visit this link.

To attend this online forum, please register below
The online forum will be recorded and made available after the meeting.

For queries, please contact Alan Carbery, or Merinda Kaye Hensley at

Speaker biographies:

Merinda Kaye Hensley

Merinda is Associate Professor and Digital Scholarship Liaison and Instruction Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is part of the Scholarly Commons team, a digital scholarship center that partners with librarians and campus initiatives to support scholarly work across disciplines. She is currently Vice Chair of the Instruction Section and a past member of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education TF.

Dr. Emma Coonan

Emma is the Information Skills Librarian at UEA (University of East Anglia), Norwich, United Kingdom. She holds an MSt and PhD in literary theory and an MSc in Information and Library Management, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Emma’s chief research interests are information literacy, learning development and the scholarship of teaching and learning. In 2011 she was seconded to a fellowship at Wolfson College, Cambridge, to develop ‘A New Curriculum for Information Literacy’ in collaboration with Dr. Jane Secker of LSE. Since then she has jointly edited two books and is currently writing a third. In June 2015, she became Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Literacy. She spends an unfeasible amount of time on trains and drinks far too much espresso. Emma can be reached at

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