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Linking Information Literacy Across CAP (LILAC): 2020 Workshop Details

LILAC 2020

LILAC 2020 is moving online! This year's series of online sessions and workshops are intended to foster a collaborative network between school, public, and academic library staff from across USI's CAP community in support of teachers and students.

Online Sessions

Understanding the Question

Date and time: May 28th at 10am CT/11am ET

Facilitators: Gayle Kiesel and Andrea Wright

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Description: The first question a student asks is rarely the actual question they need answered. Join us for a discussion on how to conduct a basic reference interview to determine what a student’s actual information needs are and guide them to the best resources for it. This session's content is aimed at media aides and those new to librarianship, but we welcome insights and expertise from librarians and media specialists at all levels!

Developing and Maintaining LibGuides

Date and time: June 10th at 10am CT/11am ET

Facilitators: Becca Neel and Gayle Kiesel

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Description: Did you know that media personnel in CAP schools are able to develop and maintain online guides through the USI LibGuide system? Come learn the basics of editing and adding content to create guides tailored for your students. Don't see your school on the list of guides? Email Becca Neel ( to get your guide started.

Online Research and Educational Resources

Date and time: June 24th at 10am CT/11am ET

Facilitators: Jake Kohlmeyer and Becca Neel

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Description: Your students have access to an incredible amount of research and educational resources from a variety of sources. Join us to learn more about some of the content available from public, academic, and state libraries.

Policies with Paula (...and Andrea) - CANCELLED

Date and time: July 8th at 10am CT/11am ET

Facilitators: Paula Harmon and Andrea Wright

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Description: Paula Harmon and Andrea Wright will share documentation and professional insights into how to craft policies for your media center spaces and services.

Supporting High School to College Transitions - CANCELLED

Date and time: July 15th at 10am CT/11am ET

Facilitators: Becca Neel (USI), Yan He (IU Kokomo), Jamie Cox (Vincennes University)

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Description: Join a panel of academic librarians to discuss how we can all work together to support student success throughout their high school and college experience.

Workshop Facilitators

Photograph of Paula Harmon: white female, glasses, shoulder-length red hair, green blazer

Paula Harmon is the Media Specialist at F. J. Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana. She is also a dual credit instructor at Reitz High School, and serves as an adjunct English Instructor at USI. Paula holds a BS in English from USI, an MS in Curriculum and Design from Olivet Nazarene University, and an MLS from the University of Kentucky. Paula has 30 years of teaching experience in K-20 settings.

Photograph of Gayle Kiesel: white female, brown shoulder-length straight hair, black blazer

Gayle Kiesel is the Media Specialist at William Henry Harrison High School in Evansville, Indiana. Gayle served as the Library Director for the Ivy Tech Southwest Region prior to joining the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, first as the Executive Director of Development, then as a Media Specialist. Gayle received a BA in Liberal Arts from Purdue University and an MLS from Indiana University.

Photograph of Jake Kohlmeyer. White male, beard, glasses Jake Kohlmeyer is a school engagement and public services librarian at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s Central location in Downtown Evansville. His research interests include podcasting for learning and providing digital instruction and media support. Before joining EVPL in 2017, he taught middle school language arts and worked as an information specialist for Visit Evansville. He earned his B.A. in English/Secondary Education from USI in 2013 and his M.L.I.S. from Indiana University-Indianapolis’ School of Informatics and Computing in 2020.

Photograph of Becca Neel: white female, glasses, shoulder-length, brown curly hair, gray blazer

Becca Neel is the Online Learning Librarian at the University of Southern Indiana's Rice Library. She received a BA in Linguistics and Spanish, an MLS from Indiana University, and is pursuing a doctorate in Education from USI. Becca worked for the IU Libraries for 10 years prior to joining the Rice Library in 2017.

Photograph of Andrea Wright: white female, short red hair, blue suit

Andrea Wright (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Director and Head of Public Services at the University of Southern Indiana's Rice Library. She received a BS in Chemistry from Furman University and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the Rice Library in 2018, Andrea served as the Science Librarian at USC (2007-2010), and the Science Outreach Librarian at Furman University (2010-2018).

Contact LILAC Organizers

Email us any questions or comments you may have about the LILAC workshop or network.