So, I was quite bummed that my proposed session for the Minnesota Library Association’s 2017 Annual Conference (to take place Oct 5-6), “Is Authority Always Constructed and Contextual?: Challenging the New Status Quo,” was rejected.

I was told that

MLA received many radical and worthwhile proposals this year and we were forced to narrow the selections to those that fit best with the session criteria and this year’s theme.

Here is part of what was in the application:

  • Describe how the anticipated speaker(s) is qualified or most appropriate at this session: The presenter has been a practicing librarian for twelve years (technical services, cataloging, reference, instruction, electronic resources), presented three times at the Lib Tech conference, and recently published two papers challenging the Framework in Reference Services Review and the Christian Librarian.
  • Describe the proposed session (250 words or fewer): The session will briefly summarize the content of the author’s two published papers challenging the “Authority is Constructed and Contextual” frame of the Framework, discuss the first challenges to the articles (limited thusfar to listserv discussions), and discuss possible next steps to get this frame changed.
  • Indicate which of the following tracks are the most appropriate for this session: Challenge – Push boundaries, take risks, question conventionality
  • Describe the anticipated target audience for this session: For librarians who are interested in the Framework for Information Literacy and its relevance for library instruction and who also want to explore the meaning and practical implications of the “Authority is Construct and Contextual” frame.

In happier news, my Reference Services Review paper has now been downloaded over 750 times, which is well beyond anything I thought would happen. The paper published in the Christian Librarian, I am told, has been discussed a bit by the Association of Christian Librarians’ Information Literacy Interest Group. I’m curious to know if there will be responses of any kind in library journals.

So, what’s next? I’ve got some ideas about the next steps I should be taking — and I’m always open to ideas — contact me! Keep an eye on this blog for more about the inevitable dissolution of the AiCC frame. : )