Category Archives: Information Literacy

Call for Presenters – ACRL “Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy” workshop

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy.” The day-long workshop will be led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. This new in-person workshop is intended to increase librarians’ leadership on issues and projects related to scholarly communication’s connection with information literacy. The target audience for the workshops is academic librarians with responsibilities related to coordinating and teaching in the areas of scholarly communication and information literacy. ACRL seeks to expand our pool of presenters by recruiting experienced individuals to join our existing team. Presenters may also be asked to present webcasts or teach online courses.


  • A member of ACRL.
  • A designated role in scholarly communication and/or information literacy within your library.
  • Evidence of understanding of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, and a wide range of scholarly communication issues as pertaining to libraries and higher education.
  • A deep conceptual understanding of the intersections between information literacy and scholarly communication.
  • Experience with instructional design or workshop design and meeting facilitation.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative planning.
  • Experience working in academic or research libraries.
  • Available to participate in curriculum updates and workshop planning during monthly one hour conference calls.
  • Must be available to attend up to two roadshows to be offered in fall/winter 2016 to shadow current presenters, then co-present an average of two workshops per year.

Strongly preferred:

  • Ability to observe the “Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy” workshop held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 24, 2016 in Orlando, FL.
  • Prior attendance at an ACRL Scholarly Communication “Roadshow” workshop and/or the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program.

The workshop content is dynamic and evolving, and the new presenters will participate in shaping the curriculum as a collegial partner with the current presenters. The workshop curriculum has been designed and will be piloted at the ALA Annual Conference. New presenters would be expected to participate in curriculum updates.

New presenters will gain experience by shadowing experienced presenters and team-teaching a section or assignment before taking a leading role. The new presenters will ideally participate in two workshops during fall/winter 2016 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter. Presenters may need to participate in planning calls and/or in-person meetings held in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter and/or Annual Conference. Presenters must be able to participate in a training session, currently being created, for presenters of all ACRL professional development licensed workshops. ACRL will reimburse the presenters for travel costs for workshop presentation to include flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals. ACRL provides a modest honorarium to experienced presenters.

How to apply
To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:

  1. A statement addressing the following questions (two pages max for all). Please use examples of your instructional experiences in your response including links to teaching materials, videos, etc.:
    • Why do you want to be a presenter for this workshop?
    • Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy by selecting an element and discussing it in detail.
    • What experience do you have in developing curricula?
    • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for two references who have direct knowledge of your experience and expertise.

The single PDF application must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Friday, June 3, 2016, to Merinda Kaye Hensley, member of the ACRL Intersections Professional Development Working Group at ACRL has formed a small review team, separate from the current presenters, to consider applications and conduct telephone interviews. The group will select new presenters for 2016-2017 and notify all applicants by Friday, June 17, 2016.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Merinda Kaye Hensley at or (217)244-1880.

New Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Professional Development

ACRL announces two new professional development offerings focusing on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy. Developed by curriculum designers Maryam Fakouri, ‎intellectual property librarian at Columbia College in Chicago, and John Watts, undergraduate learning librarian at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, these programs will help build librarians’ capacity as leaders on issues and projects of campus-wide interest that involve scholarly communication, information literacy, and their connections (e.g., data literacy, intellectual property, open access, etc.).

ACRL e-Learning Webcast: April 7, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central – Teaching at the Intersections: Aligning Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy in the One-Shot Library Instruction Session

With the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy white paper as its foundations, this interactive webcast will provide participants with ideas and skills to develop pedagogical strategies that engage undergraduate students on a range of scholarly communication issues within a one-shot instruction session. Recognize the value and utility of a variety of lenses for articulating the intersections of scholarly communications and information literacy in order to inform your professional practice as an educator. Complete webcast details and registration materials are available online.

ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference: June 24, 2016, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communications and Information Literacy

This half-day, hands-on preconference will provide participants with the skills and ideas to develop pedagogical strategies that reach students and faculty on a range of scholarly communication issues. Identify strategies for fostering dialog with colleagues and campus partners, identifying common interests and opportunities, and increasing awareness of complexities of the contemporary information environment. Scholarly communication librarians and information literacy librarians who are interested in partnering are encouraged to attend together. Complete preconference details and registration materials are available online.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or 312-280-2522. Stay tuned for more information later this spring on how to bring a workshop on the intersections to your campus, chapter, or consortia.


Apply Now for ACRL Immersion Teaching with Technology Track

Apply now for the ACRL Immersion Teaching with Technology track; applications are due June 30, 2016. As teaching librarians develop instructional tools and experiences in increasingly tech-enhanced academic environments, there is a growing need in the profession to cultivate design-minded and outcomes-oriented pedagogies. The Immersion Teaching with Technology (TwT) program will provide a practical framework for evaluating learning technologies in order to integrate them more effectively into face-to-face and/or online teaching.

Teaching with Technology takes a blended approach that consists of an initial two-day face-to-face workshop immediately prior to the ACRL 2017 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by four weeks in an active online learning environment. Prefaced by readings, the majority of the face-to-face meeting will focus on theoretical and practical applications of instructional design in an online or tech-enhanced environment. Topics such as learning theory, project management, accessibility, and universal design for learning will be explored. At the face-to-face meeting, participants will develop an action plan and form cohorts that will work together for the web-based portion of the program, which will allow for continued interaction within an online community of practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Integrate outcomes-based instructional technology into teaching and learning in order to develop a personal technology literacy framework that emphasizes practicality and accessibility.
  • Utilize reflection and dialogue in order to foster a critical approach to instructional technology applications.
  • Integrate instructional design methodology in one’s teaching practice in order to create learner-focused, engaging, and innovative pedagogies.

Program Dates:
March 21-22, 2017: Face-to-face program component at ACRL 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.
March 29-April 26, 2017: Online program component.

Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or email

The Craft of Librarian Instruction

Craft-coverACRL announces the publication of The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence by Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and Douglas R. Dechow.

Library instruction is like a theatre performance. You play a role as the instruction librarian. There is a live audience. You may receive reviews or evaluations. Or maybe the teaching experience feels more like an audition—a bit unnerving. In The Craft of Librarian Instruction, join Artman, Sundquist, and Dechow for a fun and creative approach to library instruction as they demonstrate how acting techniques can hone your presentation skills, your teaching style, and your performance to create an invigorating (and stress-free) learning experience for your students.

Through the use of acting methods and techniques, readers will learn how to:

  • Rehearse and prepare for instruction sessions by centering yourself through visualization, memorization, and improvisation;
  • Connect with students through personalization and role-playing, and by exploring teacher identity; and
  • Sharpen a unique teaching presence through reflection and intentional instruction.

Vocal and physical preparation and instructional scenarios will reveal potential challenges and pose solutions, and provide tips for deepening your teaching skills. Intended for newly hired instruction librarians, librarians with little or no teaching experience, those dealing with shyness or ‘stage fright,’ as well as more experienced librarians in need of a refreshed perspective, The Craft of Librarian Instruction will add an undeniable star quality to your instructional performance.

The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Update from the ACRL Board of Directors on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

At the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the ACRL Board of Directors took action to formally adopt the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We recognize that our action of filing the document last year has caused confusion and want to make it clear this is a formal ACRL document.

Much has happened since the Board first took action on the Framework at Midwinter 2015. Many of you have spent the last year learning about, and experimenting with, the new Framework, sharing your stories with colleagues at meetings, workshops, and on social media. A number of you are writing about the Framework, including scholarly works.

It is clear that the Framework has been embraced by a great many of you.

The Board also affirmed its intent to make a decision on the status of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, according to the timeline established at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The new Framework document remains a framework, not a standard, so that it can move forward as a dynamic, living document with great flexibility and potential. The Information Literacy Frameworks and Standards Committee is drafting a definition for frameworks, similar to those for standards and guidelines, for Chapter 14 of ACRL’s Guide to Policies and Procedures as part of an overall review and revision outlined in their 2015-2016 Work Plan.

We also know that some of you recognize the value of the Framework but believe it pairs well with a set of standards for purposes of assessment. We understand that some of you are now using both documents concurrently while others are making inroads in new ways of assessment which are promising in terms of disciplinary and institutional alignment and collaborations.

The ACRL Board acknowledges there could be room for a standards-like document, developed as a companion to the Framework and in recognition of the current educational and information environment and the need to create outcomes and assessments at the local level. The use of the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education as an umbrella document for the library’s role in institutional assessment and accreditation needs to be further defined and understood.

ACRL fully supports the development of resources to support librarians in their understanding and use of the Framework. Sharon Mader was hired in February 2015 as the ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy. In this role she is working with the Framework Advisory Board (appointed in July 2015) and other member leaders to create professional development resources and opportunities to assist librarians in understanding how they can use the Framework and contribute to its growth.

Development of an online sandbox is underway. The sandbox will provide an organized and collaborative space for librarians to share examples of Framework use and practice, with a launch anticipated for late spring / early summer 2016. In the interim, the Framework for Information Literacy WordPress site is gathering resources on the use of the Framework. An “example of the week” will be added in the next month and you may want to check out the “spotlight on scholarship” which highlights scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Ann Campion Riley, ACRL President
Irene M.H. Herold, ACRL Vice-President
Karen Williams, ACRL Past President

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