Monthly Archives: January 2014

Student video festival

The White House is looking for videos (up to 3 minutes) that “highlight the power of technology in schools” through films addressing the current technology use in classrooms or school and/or the role technology will play in education in the future. Among the topics:
How does technology help with:

  • Personalized Learning
  • Online Learning
  • Global Collaboration
  • Student Creativity
  • Making and Tinkering
  • Project Based Learning
  • Critical Thinking

The video might show, e.g.:

  • The use of technology as a creation tool
  • The use of technology in new and innovative ways
  • The use of technology to access high quality online content and resources
  • Technology in schools.

This could be an excellent opportunity to show the “power” of school libraries as an educational and transformational “tool” /”technology” (and methodology!) that stimulates students’ creativity, collaboration etc.
Hopefully, U.S. school librarians can get their students’ involved in such a film festival. If a video showing the SL role in active, personalized, collaborative etc. learning were selected, it would help us in advocating for school libraries.

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ECIL 2014 conference call for proposals

The 2nd European Conference on Information Literacy (or ECIL) organized by the Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University and Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University, Turkey. 2nd European Conference on Information Literacy (or ECIL) will be held on 20-23 October 2014 in Dubrovnik at the Valamar Lacroma Hotel, Croatia.
ECIL is an international conference and conference committees include over hundred distinguished experts
from over sixty countries. The language of the Conference is English.

Aim & Scope
Information Literacy, Media Literacy and Lifelong Learning being the main theme, ECIL aims to bring together researchers, information professionals, media specialists, educators, policy makers, employers and all other related parties from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current issues, recent developments, challenges, theories, and good practices.

Important Dates
Second Call: 26 January 2014
Third Call: 23 February 2014
Abstract submission: 16 March 2014
Notification of acceptance: 6 April 2014
Deadline for submitting final versions: 18 May 2014
Full paper: 15 June 2014
Notification of acceptance full paper: 27 July 2014
Full paper final version: 17 August 2014
Registration starts: 30 May 2014
Conference sessions: 20-23 October 2014

Paper Submission
The conference will be composed of several types of contributions, such as full papers, posters, PechaKucha, best practices, workshops, panels, invited talks, doctoral forum. Each has different requirements and restrictions regarding the length, time allocation and content. Submission of abstract should be prepared using the templates available through the Conference web site and submitted electronically via the conference management system by 16 March 2014. At least one of the authors should
register online via Conference web site and take part at the conference to make the presentation.

The website for ECIL 2014 is ready ( ). Second Call for Papers will be released soon. This year our keynote speakers are Dr. Michael Eisenberg and Dr. David Bawden.  Proceedings Book will be again published by Springer under its CCIS series. If you like to access ECIL 2013 papers:
ECIL 2013 Proceedings Book has been published
ECIL 2013 presentations (ppt files) are now available on the conference website Just click on the links in the program.
ECIL 2013 Book of Abstracts which includes abstracts of all contributions is available on conference website Please click on the book cover on the right hand side.

Mihaela Banek Zorica, Co-chair of the Standing Committee and Co-chair of the Local Organizing
Sonja Špiranec, Co-chair of the Standing Committee and Co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee,
Serap Kurbanoğlu, Co-chair of the Standing Commitee and Chair of Program Commitee
Conference Secretariat: