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AMICAL 2015, American University in Bulgaria, 27-30 May, Registration now open


AMICAL 2015 - Registration launched!

February 9, 2015 by jgima

Registration is now open for AMICAL 2015 - "Clearing thresholds: information literacy & faculty–librarian–technologist collaboration."

Important dates:

  • 8 March: Deadline to apply for travel support (for full & affiliate AMICAL members only).
  • 15 April: Deadline to register for the conference.

Also: be sure to check out the additional venue information just added to the conference site on:

  • AUBG
  • Travel & transport
  • Visa info
  • Accommodation
  • Things to do
  • Practical info


AMICAL Currents webinar 17 February: Alex Gil on "Setting up playgrounds for the digital humanities"

February 6, 2015 by jgima

All librarians, faculty & technologists interested in the digital humanities at AMICAL institutions are encouraged to join us 17 February for the next webinar in our AMICAL Currents series: "Setting up playgrounds for the digital humanities."


In this webinar we will look at the general landscape of digital humanities around the world. We will explore digital humanities at the intersections between computational approaches to culture, knowledge design and curation, and scholarly networks. In particular, we will focus on the process of learning how to build projects and work collaboratively across university roles. Paradoxically, the best we can do at the beginning of an institutional engagement with digital humanities is to play in a spirit of ephemerality, while thinking the long term of the humanities and human technology.


Alex Gil

Digital Scholarship Coordinator for the Humanities and History, Columbia University LibrariesAffiliate Faculty, English and Comparative Literature Department, Columbia UniversityCo-Chair, Global Outlook::Digital Humanities

Alex Gil is Digital Scholarship Coordinator for the Humanities and History at Columbia. He serves as a consultant to faculty, students and the library on the impact of technology on humanities research, pedagogy and scholarly communications. Current projects include an open repository of syllabi for curricular research, an aggregator for digital humanities projects worldwide and other initiatives at the intersection of technology and the humanities. He is currently vice-chair of global-outlook::digital-humanities (GO::DH) and the organizer of the THATCamp Caribe series. His scholarly heart remains betrothed to Caribbean Literature in the 20th Century.

To attend

When: Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 9:00-10:00am US Eastern time (see local time conversion)

Where: Online  (Instructions for attending the webinar will be sent by email to members with AMICALconnect accounts and posted to AMICALconnect Events. Questions about the event may be sent to

Deadline for AMICAL Conference program proposals: 11 February

February 5, 2015 by jgima

AMICAL members: help us build the program for AMICAL 2015! Present an interesting local initiative, organize a group discussion around a shared problem, teach a workshop, or lead a session on anything that might be of broad interest to librarians, technologists and faculty at AMICAL member institutions. See the call for proposals for targeted topics and other guidance, and submit your proposal no later than 11 February.

AMICAL 2015 - Conference information & Call for proposals

December 18, 2014 by jgima

Clearing thresholds: information literacy & faculty–librarian–technologist collaboration

The AMICAL Consortium, together with the American University in Bulgaria, are pleased to launch the AMICAL 2015 conference website, which includes information about the schedule, speakers, venue, sponsors and program proposals.

This year’s AMICAL Conference will give special focus to information literacy, and in particular to new conceptual frameworks for information literacy in the context of international American universities.

The program will also cover a broad range of other topics related to libraries, technology and learning, with sessions ranging from conceptual talks to hands-on workshops to unconference sessions created during the event.

Staff and faculty from AMICAL member institutions are invited to propose program sessions for AMICAL 2015, with proposals particularly encouraged from the following areas:

  • Information literacy, learning models and pedagogy
  • Students as creators & collaborators
  • Digital humanities
  • Marketing and communication of library and information services
  • Assessment of library and information services
See Proposals for complete guidelines and the form for submitting proposals.

AMICAL webinar November 6 on Threshold Concepts and Information Literacy

October 16, 2014 by jgima

AMICAL Currents 2014-2015   |  November 6 webinar

Threshold Concepts and the ACRL Information Literacy Framework: An Introduction 

The new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy has been inspired by threshold concepts, an emerging theory that urges instructors to engage students in the Big Ideas that guide their discipline. Threshold concepts represent a strikingly different approach to information literacy than has previously been widely implemented by most librarians. This webinar will provide an introduction to the theory, with a focus on how threshold concepts can shape information literacy instruction. We will discuss the form and function of the ACRL Framework as well as offer some examples of what teaching with Threshold Concepts looks like in the library classroom. For more information, publications, and past presentations, please visit

Invited Speakers:

Lori Townsend is an Assistant Professor and the Learning Services Coordinator for the University Libraries at the University of New Mexico. She holds a BA in History from the University of New Mexico and a MLIS from San Jose State University.

Silvia Lu is a Reference and Social Media Librarian and Assistant Professor at LaGuardia Community College, a CUNY institution. Silvia holds a BA in Literature and Government from Claremont McKenna College, a MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a MA in English Literature from the University of New Mexico.


Thursday, 6 November 2014, 6:30-8:00am US Mountain time (see local time conversion)


Online - Adobe Connect (link and instructions will be posted to the AMICALconnect event page the week before the event; AMICAL members not on AMICALconnect can create an account)