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Pre-Conference #1

Information Literacy for the iGen Student: Designing Instruction Sessions That Are Hands-On, Assessed, and Successful

Are you passionate about information literacy? Are you involved with a first-year experience class? If so, this workshop is for you! Come join Kristy to learn about and experience hands-on information literacy activities used successfully in academic classrooms, along with appropriate assessments that add value. Activities will include a first-year experience unit, several stand-alone activities, and an information literacy game called Search&Destroy.

“...The one who does the work does the learning." (Dr. Terry Doyle) Attendees will engage with several active learning exercises and assessments and determine which ones are appropriate to use as-is or adapt to their own specific institutional needs. Attendees will have access to an accompanying LibGuide designed to provide appropriate links, files, and materials for active learning later.


Kristy Brand Motz is the Library Instruction Coordinator at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. A Ferris State alumnus in chemistry education, she also earned two Masters from the University of Michigan. One in Nutritional Science afforded her positions as a registered dietitian. During this time, she took a part-time library assistant job in her little hometown library (Fennville, MI) on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She ended up as a library director about twenty years later, and decided to go back to school. She graduated with her MSI (Information Science) the same year her youngest son graduated from college. She turned to academic librarianship back at her Alma Mater in 2006 and earned the rank of Professor, Library Faculty, in 2015. Each year she plans and delivers about 100 information literacy sessions all over campus. She also coordinates the First-Year Experience library visit. (Nine librarians instruct close to 100 FYE visits every fall using The Amazing Library Race.) University-wide, she is recognized as an information literacy and assessment specialist, and as a passionate supporter of OER (Open Educational Resources). Two of her library instruction group projects received the Ferris Team Assessment Award, one in 2015 and another in 2016. Kristy currently chairs both the library’s Website Usability Committee and the university’s OER Planning Team. She served as a Michigan representative to the OER Policy and Implementation Summit for the (10-state) Midwestern Higher Education Compact in November.




This pre-conference workshop is available for those who are physically attending the ACL Annual Conference.

Cost: $60 (Includes Lunch)

A Continuing-Education-Unit (CEU) Certificate will be issued to each attendee that completes the pre-conference workshop. 

Since this workshop is first thing Monday morning (6/10/19), on-campus accommodations are available starting Sunday night (6/9/19). Sunday night lodging and Monday breakfast can be added for an additional cost during the registration process.