WILU 2014

WILU History

The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use, commonly known as WILU, is an annual Canadian conference where delegates meet to discuss timely topics related to information literacy.

In May 1972, five Canadian participants at a conference on library instruction in Ypsilanti, Michigan met and discussed ways to share their experiences with other Canadian librarians.

Within a few months, the following members formed a steering committee:

Based on enthusiastic comments received from participants at an August workshop, a basic set of guidelines was established:

To this day, institutions hosting WILU aspire to meet most of these criteria.

Past Hosts

2013 University of New BrunswickSynchronicity - The Time is Now
Bonnie Stewart & Dave Cormier: "MOOCs, Rhizomes, and Networks: Information Literacies in a Time of Complexity and Abundance."
Terry O’Reilly: "Changing the Conversation"
2012 Grant MacEwan UniversityVigour, Thrift and Resourcefulness
Michael Eisenberg: “What College Students Say About Conducting Research in the Digital Age: Implications for Libraries, Librarians, and Higher Education from Project Information Literacy”
Adria Vasil: “Decoding Greenwash”
2011 University of ReginaLearning Under Living Skies
Brian Thwaits: “The Big Learn: Smart Ways to Use Your Brain”
David Bouchard: “Aboriginal Success: A Crack in the Door”
2010 McMaster UniversityDesign, Play, Learn
Dr. James Paul Gee (Arizona State University), “A New Paradigm for Learning in the 21st Century (And Where Libraries Fit In)”
Dr. Steven J. Bell (Temple University), “Exploring the Instruction Mystery: Designing our way past a wicked problem”
2009 Concordia UniversityReflections
Dr. John M. Budd (University of Missouri), “Where do we go now? Some research directions in information literacy”
Heidi LM Jacobs (University of Windsor) & Selinda Berg (University of Windsor), “Looking outward, looking within: Reflections on information literacy praxis”
2008 UBC OkanaganInformation Literacy Uncorked
John Willinsky (Stanford University), “La Culture de l’information”
Alane Wilson, “Their perceptions, our reality: The information-seeking habits and preferences of college and university students”
Judith Peacock (Queensland University of Technology) & Nancy Goebel (University of Alberta, Augustana), “Alice and the Carpenter present: ‘The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things: Act 1 – Your Future Through The Looking Glass’”
2007 York UniversityTeach Every Angle
Rick Salutin, “Thinking versus knowing: Where does information come in?”
Patricia Iannuzzi (University of Nevada), “Changing learning, changing roles: Collaboration at every angle”
Fay Durrant (University of the West-Indies), “Culture, context and content: Vital issues in ensuring information literacy and effective e-citizenship”
2006 Acadia UniversityCharting a Course for Instruction
Dr. Patricia Senn-Breivik (Nehemiah Communications), “Information literacy and lifelong learning: The time is now!”
Dr. Jeremy Shapiro & Ms. Shelley Hughes (Fielding Graduate University), “If everything is information, is information literacy possible?”
Dr. Toni Samek (University of Alberta), “Information ethics on our global library streets”
2005 University of GuelphA Kaleidoscope of Possibilities
Bill Johnston (University of Strathclyde)
Sheila Webber (University of Sheffield)
2004 University of VictoriaTheory Meets Reality
Dane Ward (Illinois State University), “The collaborative quest for compelling information literacy instruction”
Trudi Bellardo Hahn (University of Maryland), “Connecting information literacy to the research process”
2003 University of WindsorBridging the Gap: Teaching Across Boundaries
Dr. Clara Chu (University of California, Berkeley), “Information literacy within a multicultural critical framework”
2002 University of New BrunswickRiver Runs: Trends in Library Instruction
Dr. Heidi Julien (University of Alberta), “Miles to go before we sleep…”
2001 Carleton UnversityTeaching Using Learning in a Pluralist Setting
Dr. Tim Pychyl, Carleton University), “What’s our vision for teaching & learning?: Addressing systemic barriers to information literacy instruction”
2000 University of Western OntarioLiteracy for the Infollennium
Hannelore Rader (University of Louisville), “If we teach them will they learn?”
Dr. Michael Atkinson (University of Western Ontario), Teaching and learning in the 21st century
1999 McGill UnversityProcess of Integrating Library Instruction into the Curriculum in Partnership with Our Teaching Colleagues
Carol Kuhlthau (Rutgers University), “Collaboration in the learning process”
Gloria Leckie (University of Western Ontario), “Fostering a pedagogy for information literacy
1998 Queen’s UnversityLibraries at the Heart of Learning
Cerise Oberman (SUNY-NILI Hannelore Rader), “Library liaison program”
1997 University of MontrealGateways to the Information World
Thérèse Laferrière, “Learning to search and create co-operatively”
1996 Wilfrid Laurier UniversityAnticipation: Library Instruction for Changing Times
Roma Harris (University of Western Ontario), “Development of library instruction and its place in a changing learning environment”
1995 Université Laval
1994 University of OttawaMaking Connections
Richard Rancourt (University of Ottawa), “Librarians can do it with style”
1993 University of TorontoLibrary Instruction: Strategies for Success
Lorna Marsden (Wilfrid Laurier University)
1992 University of WindsorSkills for Change
Patricia Breivik (Towson State University)
1991 Concordia UniversityFrom Yesterday to Tomorrow
Maureen Pastine (Southern Methodist University), “Library user education: Where have we been? Where are we going?”
1990 Brock UniversityThe Challenge of the 90’s
Constance Mellon (East Carolina), “Library anxiety: Instruction librarian as therapist”
1989 Bishop’s University & Champlain Regional CollegeThe Art of Library Instruction
Evan I. Farber (Earlham College), “How I became ‘Bibliographic Instructor of the Year’”
1988 University of Waterloo & Wilfrid Laurier UniversityTeaching and Learning in the Present Tense
Stanley Benson (University Centre, Tulsa) & Sheila Laidlaw (University of New Brunswick), “The library’s status in undergraduate instruction: Far from the heart of things”
1987 McMaster University & Mohawk CollegeRe-Creating the Image
Panel with Tom Eadie, Tanis Fink & Jacelyn Foster, “Immodest proposals: Alternative futures for instruction”
1986 John Abbott CollegeConnections Linking the Library Instruction Network
R. Smith (Concordia University) & L. Melamed (consultant), “Learning style theory: implications for helping others learn
1985 University of Western Ontario & Fanshawe CollegeReaching Out: New Directions in Library Instruction
Moderator, George Robinson (University of Western Ontario), Panel on “Faculty communication and the role of library instruction
1984 Queen’s University & St. Lawrence CollegeCoping with Crisis: Strategies for Survival
Margot McBurney (Queen’s University)
1983 Carleton University & Algonquin CollegeExploring the New Technology for Library Instruction
Fraser Taylor, “Videotex and related technologies”
1982 University of TorontoA Learner-Centred Approach to Teaching
Liz Burge, “How adults learn”
1981 University of GuelphApproaching Instruction Effectively
“Librarians in the 1980’s: Skills and Technologies”
1980 McGill UniversityStaff Development, Computerized Services, Part-time and Non-traditional User, Marketing
M. Scott (McGill University)
1979 University of WaterlooTeaching the Use of the Library: Instructional Strategies That You Always Wanted to Know But Were Never Taught
Panel of 3 librarians from the University of Michigan, “Instructional strategy for teaching the use of the library”
1978 University of OttawaApproaches to Library Instruction: Do You Know What Your Colleagues Are Doing?
Anne McQuade (Carleton University), “Teaching Skills”
1977 York UniversityMarketing the Library, Selling the Library as Part of the Teaching Learning Process
1976 Queen’s UniversityThe Librarian as Teacher: Planning, Teaching, and Evaluating Library Programs
Hugh Munby
1975 McMaster UniversityPrinted Materials
Monika Jensen (Metro Toronto Library Board)
1974 University of TorontoAudio-Visual Techniques
Panel with B. Squires, L. Wise, D. Todgham, I. Melanchuk, “Matching Media & Message”
1973 McGill University & Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) – Communication and Learning Theory
1972 University of Western OntarioGeneral Overview of Orientation
F. Eugene Gattinger, “Confessions of a Library Orientator”