Keynote Conversations

WILU 2015 is offering a glimpse into the extraordinary minds of our keynote speakers.

Char Booth and TA Loeffler

charbooth_closeChar Booth

Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Services at the Claremont Colleges Library, and a faculty member of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute.


Can you tell us what you know of Newfoundland?
Char Before I received the invitation to speak at WILU I knew relatively little I’m afraid, other than its proximity to Greenland and the fact that the island has weather that’s essentially the polar opposite of southern California (pun intended). Which is one of the reasons I’m so excited to visit: I’ve been researching Newfoundland and am fascinated by it, not the least for its incredible lighthouses and super rugged coastline. Being an ocean lover I am planning on exploring for a week after the conference…
What are you most looking forward to about this year’s conference?
Char The program looks excellent, and I love Canadian librarians. Full stop.
In three lines or less, can you give us a sense of what your keynote session will cover, or what it is about?
Char My keynote is titled information privilege: narratives of challenge and change. I’m going to tackle the on-the-ground process of understanding information literacy through a social justice lens, and how the paradoxical role of our institutions as both challengers and keepers of the ‘paywall’ system of information access can help create an engaging, reflective, and critical pedagogy among library educators. It sounds a bit heavy, but I 100 per cent promise that it will be awesome.
Tell us what you find most inspiring right now? Books, speakers, etc…
Char One amazing book I’m into at the moment is most appropriate for the conference theme/location: Blue mind: the surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do. I’m also a fan of those who satirize semi-precious cultural phenomena, and along these lines this may be the funniest thing I have ever read:

TA Loeffler

TA Loeffler is a professor of outdoor recreation at Memorial University of Newfoundland. TA has developed a reputation for excellence in experiential education–her students are more likely to be outside chasing icebergs than sitting in a classroom. Come to WILU 2015 to hear more.