Author Archives: Margot Conahan

ACRL SLILC Forum: Global Perspectives on Information Literacy

The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) is excited to announce the first in a series of programming and events related to the forthcoming white paper, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding. The white paper was edited by the ACRL SLILC committee and consists of thirteen chapters written by IL theorists and practitioners from various regions of the world (Africa, Canada, Europe, Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East), including a foreword by Dr. Emma Coonan of University of East Anglia. The white paper gives important insight into themes, trends, and priorities for information literacy around the globe. Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding will be published in March 2017.

View a preview of the white paper, the foreword written by Dr. Emma Coonan, “Towards a constructive unbalancing: The reflexive turn in information literacy” at this link.

Please join Merinda Kaye Hensley, past chair of SLILC, and Dr. Emma Coonan on February 28, 2017, for an ACRL SLILC online forum. Hensley and Coonan will outline the genesis of the white paper, as well as introduce the themes and highlights emerging from the work. Future programming and opportunities to engage with the authors, including a ACRL 2017 Conference panel and discussion, will be outlined.

The online forum will be held via Webex during the following time:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:00 EST | 10:00 CST. For time in your time zone, please visit this link.

To attend this online forum, please register at: https://goo.gl/forms/u1HG6JENgqoKc8Oa2.

The online forum will be recorded and made available after the meeting.

For queries, please contact Alan Carbery at acarbery@champlain.edu or Merinda Kaye Hensley at mhensle1@illinois.edu.

ACRL 2017 Virtual Conference Registration Open

ACRL 2017 logoRegistration is now open for the ACRL 2017 Virtual Conference, offered March 22-24, 2017, during the ACRL 2017 conference in Baltimore. The Virtual Conference provides an affordable opportunity to participate in conference activities online. For librarians with reduced support for professional development or travel, the Virtual Conference is a great way to leverage a small investment into large learning opportunities.

Like its face-to-face counterpart, the ACRL 2017 Virtual Conference will run on a real-time schedule. The online conference features twelve live Webcasts, as well as asynchronous activities, allowing for convenient scheduling and flexibility. The Virtual Conference archive is available for one year and will include more than 200 slidecasts (PowerPoint slides or other presentations synced with audio of the speaker) from every contributed paper, TechConnect presentation, invited presentation, and panel session presented at the face-to-face conference, as well as select keynote presentations.

Registration materials are now available in the Virtual Conference section of the ACRL 2017 website. Individual and group registration rates are available. Register your institution as a group and participate in professional development with your colleagues all year long!

For more information about ACRL 2017, contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

February e-Learning webcasts

February may be the shortest month of the year but there’s plenty of opportunity to squeeze in some online learning.  ACRL is offering the following e-Learning webcasts to meet the demands of your schedule and budget.

Modern Pathfinders: Easy Techniques to Make Better Research Guides (February 2, 2017)
Librarians put many hours into creating research guides, and usage studies have shown that students use them very little. Learn some effective techniques of instructional design and web usability that any librarian can apply to make online guides better and more useful to your students, whether you’re using LibGuides or a home-brew system.

Charting a New Course for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses in Higher Education (February 22, 2017)
Librarians often see “instructor” added to their growing list of responsibilities. This webcast dives into big-picture considerations for teaching library credit courses.  What does the future of credit-bearing information literacy courses look like?  Learn about both shared and individual experiences with incorporating the Framework, introducing new pedagogical models, internal and external challenges facing credit-bearing courses, and plans for future program growth.

Complete details and registration information for e-Learning webcasts are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org for more information.

Submit ACRL 2017 Lightning Talk Proposals by Jan. 30

ACRL 2017 logoFire up colleagues in five-minute “Lightning” Sessions. Inspire others with quick glimpses at your latest innovations, interesting ideas, and new technologies and services. The sky is the limit! Each five-minute Lightning Talk will require you to create a maximum of 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Submit your proposal before January 30, it’s quick and easy!  The top 30 proposals will be chosen by the innovations committee. Winners will be determined by popular vote in the conference app this February.

Immersion ’17 Applications Due Dec. 5

ACRL Immersion '17 programACRL invites applications for the 2017 Information Literacy Immersion Program. Monday, December 5, 2016 is the deadline to apply to Immersion ’17 (Teacher and Program tracks). The ACRL Immersion Program provides instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensively for several days on all aspects of information literacy. Whether your institution is just beginning to think about implementing an information literacy component or whether you have a program well under way, the Immersion Program will provide you with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to build or enhance your institution’s instruction program.

“This blew my mind. I fully intend to change how I teach and influence the information literacy program on my campus.” ~  Immersion Program Participant

Immersion ’17 (Teacher and Program tracks) will be held at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, July 23-28, 2017. Acceptance to Immersion ’17 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. Applications are due December 5, 2016.

Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in refreshing, enhancing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. Program Track focuses on developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability, and the integration of teaching, learning, and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in case studies developed prior to the program.

Complete details and application materials are available online. Questions about ACRL Immersion ’17 programs should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.

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