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Keynote Speaker 

Mike Caulfield, Researcher, Author, and Creator of the SIFT Methodology

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Mike Caulfield has taught thousands of teachers and students how to verify claims and sources through his workshops. His new book with Sam Wineburg, Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions about What to Believe Online, was published by the University of Chicago Press in November 2023. His SIFT methodology is taught by hundreds of research libraries across North America, and a shorter version of SIFT instruction, developed with Google, has been taught in public libraries across the world. His more recent research looks at how a degraded understanding of why argumentation is important and how argument works has led to inappropriate approaches to the problem of misinformation.



RFP for Breakout Sessions, Posters, Lightning Talks Now Open

Proposals due by midnight, May 10 May 13, 2024

The Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference Planning Committee invites session, poster and lightning talk proposals for the conference, "Alphabet Soup: Finding Meaning in Academic Library Work" to be held virtually on Wednesday, August 7.

Sessions, poster and lightning talks should engage with the theme "Alphabet Soup: Finding Meaning in Academic Library Work" in a broad way.  IL, IF, EDI, OE, AI…what does it all mean?!  Focus topics include information literacy; intellectual freedom; community outreach; equity, diversity, and inclusion; open education; and artificial intelligence.

Proposal Workshop

Join members of the conference planning committee for an online proposal workshop Wednesday, May 8 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. to learn more about the proposal process and get tips for crafting a successful submission. Whether you are submitting an idea for a breakout session, a lightning talk, or a poster presentation, this workshop will help you navigate the proposal forms and ensure your ideas shine. Preregistration is not required, just join using the Zoom link below:

Join the May 8 Proposal Workshop

 Submit a Proposal  

Join the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians for our 2024 conference to unpack our work and reclaim our purpose amidst the many challenges and opportunities in today’s libraries.  Proposals are due by midnight on May 13, 2024

WAAL Conference Program Proposal  (30 minutes session) 
 WAAL Conference Poster/Lightning Talk Proposal  (15-minute, pre-recorded session)

Watch your inbox for an announcement on our keynote speaker coming soon!  Contact [email protected] with questions.