The 2023 Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) marks the 50th conference devoted to teaching and learning in libraries.

Presenters and attendees from Canada and beyond meet to discuss information literacy as it continuously evolves in various library settings.

The Program Committee invites proposals for the 50th edition of WILU hosted at McGill University located in Montreal, Québec, Canada from May 16 to 19, 2023.

Conference theme – Carte Blanche

As information professionals, our roles continue to change as the definition of information literacy grows to include a diverse range of skills. We thrive in an environment that promotes and values innovation and experimentation. To respond to the evolving needs of users, we must embrace spontaneity and risk-taking. Librarians are often described as intellectually agile, with the ability to adapt quickly to new technologies or philosophies. How do we adjust traditional teaching practices to reach our users? How do we decide which topics and teaching styles to use? We invite proposals that consider what it means to have “carte blanche” to design and deliver timely, relevant library instruction sessions with the freedom to try new things, experiment with novel ideas, and start fresh.

Types of sessions

These 45-minute sessions, consisting of a 30-minute presentation and a 15-minute discussion, allow you to report on original research, leading-edge practice or both.
These 90-minute practical workshops allow you to share knowledge and expertise through active learning that enable participants to develop and hone particular skills around the theory and practice of information literacy instruction.
Panel discussions
These 45-minute panel discussions allow you and up to 4 colleagues to share thoughts, opinions, and experiences about timely projects or controversial issues through short presentations followed by interactive discussion fueled by audience questions.

Proposal requirements

Each proposal must contain:

  1. Name and e-mail address of primary contact
  2. Names and affiliations of other presenters
  3. Title and abstract (for the program should your proposal be accepted, up to 100 words)
  4. Description
    1. Presentation – up to 350 words
    2. Workshop – up to 500 words (include learning outcomes and active learning strategies)
    3. Panel discussion – up to 350 words

Proposals will be accepted until Monday, December 5, 2022 at midnight. Please note that presentations can be in English or in French.


Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the programming committee and assessed on the following:

  • Originality and contribution of the proposal to the field
  • Clarity and rigour of the submission
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Implications and applications for current practice

All applicants will receive notice of acceptance or rejection by January 27, 2023. Those who have been accepted will need to confirm that they will present at the conference. For a presentation to be included in the program, at least one presenter must register and attend the conference. Please note, presenters will be responsible for registration, travel and accommodation costs as well as any other expenses.