The PILLARS Symposium:

Preparation, Information Literacy, Libraries, Academic Resources,

and 21st Century Skills for Transitioning from Secondary School to College

This year’s topic: Accessibility in Education

with Keynote Speaker Judith Heumann

    • Why: A one-day symposium that will bring educators and librarians together to share knowledge on the topic of student readiness for college and beyond.
    • When: Wednesday, July 13, 2022
    • Where: Online via Zoom
    • What: This symposium is designed to introduce educators to a wide range of teaching and learning resources for practical use in the 21st-century classroom. Presenters will share their knowledge on teaching information literacy instruction, writing, using primary resources, bridging the digital divide, or related topics that will prepare secondary students for success in college and beyond all with a focus on accessibility. The format will include formal presentations, breakout sessions, and opportunities to connect with educators around New York State. This symposium is presented by and for educators in New York State, and we welcome the perspective of guests from other regions who will join as presenters and attendees.
    • Who: Presenters and target audience include but are not limited to:
      • Secondary school teachers, counselors, librarians, administrators
      • Academic librarians, professors, administrators
      • First-year college transition specialists
      • Public librarians – both YA and Adult Services
      • Public historians and cultural heritage institution educators
      • Students (recent HS graduates and first-year college students)
      • Others invested in student success with High School to College Transition

    Want to get a better understanding of what PILLARS is? Check out the 2021 Symposium Program.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Will attendees be receiving continuing education certificates?

    Yes. Attendees will have the option to request continuing education certificates for each individual session.

    Will attendees be eligible for Continuing Education and Leader Education (CTLE) credit?

    Yes. Attendees will be able to request CTLE credit for each individual session. It will be provided by the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC). For more information contact Caitlin Kenney at

     This event is a production of the Empire State Library Network (ESLN).

    For more information, please contact the planning committee at