2019 Annual Program

Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences

Friday, June 21, 2019 | 9:15 am - 3:15 pm
New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich, RI

As traditional ideas about pedagogy and library involvement in student learning grow in complexity, librarians are exploring new instructional approaches. Student-centered learning is a guiding principle that calls for a shift in the focus of instruction from the teacher to the needs and knowledge of students. This approach requires librarians to be intentional about centering classroom activities on student learning.

Please note that we won't be using disposable water bottles this year, so we encourage you bring a reusable water bottle!

Contact acrlnelig@gmail.com with any questions.

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Program Schedule

9:15 - 9:45

Registration and breakfast

9:45 - 10:30

Breakout Session I

  • Students Front and Center: Database Information Solutions!
  • Teaching the Framework: Adaptable Activities for Hands-On Learning and Information Literacy
  • Creating Space for Public History: Student Curators and Library Exhibitions
  • Learning to Evaluate and Evaluating to Learn: A Student-Centered Approach to Critical Evaluation
10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:30

Breakout Session II

  • Reimagining the one-shot: A student-centered approach for introducing first-year students to the library
  • Decolonizing Databases: A Scalable Critical Pedagogy Activity
  • Placing Students' Questions at the Center: Engaging Students with Archival Materials
  • No Zombies Here!: An Inquiry-Based Learning Approach to an Embedded Librarian Project
11:30 - 12:45


12:45 - 2:00

Remarks and Keynote by Carrie Salazar

2:00 - 2:15


2:15 - 3:00

Breakout III

  • "Nobody Ever Taught You How This Works": Using Visual Literacy to Talk About Meaning
  • Librarians Bridging the Divide: Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum
  • Exploring a Student-Driven Digital Archive: A Student Organization and Library Collaboration
  • I Search: A Reflection on the Importance of a Personal Connection
  • Flipping Out! Using Flipped Lesson to Facilitate Active Learning in One-Shots
3:00 - 3:15


Keynote Speaker: Carrie Salazar

Session Abstracts


Directions, Rideshare & Parking

1 New England Tech Blvd
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Directions to NEIT are available on their website: https://www.neit.edu/About-Us/Visit/Maps-and-Directions.

Rideshare: we've set up a carpool that you can use to offer to drive or to request a ride. This is a great way to make connections, and be kind to the environment! Please note that NELIG is not responsible for monitoring or organizing the rides.   

Parking: park in any spot at NEIT that is not reserved.


The following hotels are close to the NEIT campus:

Conference Planning Committee

  • Nick Beams, Pomfret Public Library
  • Jenny Castel, Johnson & Wales University
  • Kayla Del Biondo, New Canaan Library
  • Kelly Faulkner, Stonehill College
  • Shanti Freundlich, MCPHS University
  • Katie Harding, Dartmouth College
  • Martha Kruy, Central Connecticut State University
  • Ariela McCaffrey, Connecticut College
  • Carolyn Michaud, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Heather Perry, Stonehill College
  • Megan Rupe, Bay State College
  • Morgan Swan, Dartmouth College