Category Archives: Information Literacy

ACRL Board Outlines Next Steps in Information Literacy

The ACRL Board of Directors continued its discussion about the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education at its meeting on Monday, June 27, 2016. The ACRL Board recognizes that there are librarians who are seeking guidance for using the Framework now that the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education have been rescinded. A number of ACRL groups and individuals are already working with the Framework to develop resources that will address the needs of librarians who previously relied on the Standards, including the ACRL Framework Advisory Board, the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee, and the Information Literacy Framework and Standards Committee.

The ACRL Framework Sandbox, which will be available Fall 2016, will provide a space for librarians to share examples of how they are using the Framework. This will include such things as  lesson plans, rubrics, assessments, and learning outcomes. These resources will be tangible tools that librarians can adapt to their work. ACRL units are developing discipline-specific companion documents that address the need for learning outcomes and assessment. It is the Board’s intention to ensure that tools are available to assist all librarians in the practical application of the Framework.

ACRL Board Takes Action on Information Literacy Standards

Today the ACRL Board of Directors voted to rescind the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The Board will continue to discuss next steps to support all academic librarians working with information literacy at its public meeting on Monday afternoon at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

It is important to acknowledge the groundbreaking work embodied in the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, approved by the Board in 2000, in moving the profession forward. These Standards were co-developed with and subsequently endorsed by the American Association for Higher Education and the Council for Independent Colleges.

ACRL recognizes the tremendous contributions of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the transformational work of many ACRL members working with them. Those Standards paved the way for information literacy to become common language in many general education requirements and informed many regional and subject-oriented accreditation bodies. The Board will continue to seek input from the profession as the process moves forward.

Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox Update

ACRL has selected the Cherry Hill Company to develop the Framework Sandbox. The Sandbox will be an open access database for librarians and other academic partners to share, organize, and archive educational resources related to the use of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in practice and professional development.

With the Drupal open source web content management system as a foundation, the Sandbox will feature a flexible search and browse interface where users can search for resources tailored to their needs, contribute content, and participate in dynamic sharing through user comments and opportunities to invite adaptations of submissions. Besides searching for resources created by others, users can use the Sandbox as a repository to collect their own ongoing work at an individual or institutional level. The Sandbox will bring together a wide range of Framework-related instructional resources, including lesson plans, assessments, practitioner reflections, and professional development materials.

The Sandbox Project Team of the ACRL Framework Advisory Board (FAB) includes Donna Witek, Susan Miller, and Sharon Mader. FAB is pleased to be working with Cherry Hill because of their twenty-year experience in developing websites and applications for libraries, higher education, governments, and non-profits. The anticipated launch for the Sandbox will be fall 2016.

For more information, please contact Sharon Mader, ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy, at smader@ala.org or 800-545-2433, ext. 5241, or Susan Miller at susanmiller123@gmail.com.

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.

Required:

  • 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.

Expectations
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 mhensle1@illinois.edu. 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 mhensle1@illinois.edu 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 mconahan@ala.org 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.

 

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