Category Archives: Information Literacy

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox Launches


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Framework for Informaiton Literacy coverACRL’s Framework Advisory Board (FAB) is excited to announce the launch of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox. The ‘sandbox’ that was first envisioned during the development of the Framework is now a reality.

The Sandbox is an openly accessible platform and repository for librarians and their educational partners to discover, share, collect and use ongoing work related to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in practice and professional development. The Sandbox is a dynamic resource whose content is created by contributors engaged in the Framework.

“ACRL’s introduction of this innovative resource to support the needs of librarians engaging with the Framework in all types of academic settings is reflective of the association’s strategic priorities,” said ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold. “By providing opportunities for discovery and sharing of Framework-related instruction and professional development resources, the Sandbox will help build the capacity of librarians to advance the integration of information literacy into student learning. The Sandbox will only be as useful as the membership makes it, so all are encouraged to contribute.”

In this platform, visitors can both browse and contribute by searching for materials tailored to their needs and contributing their own materials to share with others. The Sandbox will foster collaboration and networking as librarians discover examples to adapt and try out in their own settings and find others who are working on topics of mutual interest.

We invite you to jump into the Sandbox to share and learn from others. Searching is freely available for everyone – you don’t need a login to start searching. And since the content of the Sandbox comes from you, the most important way you can celebrate the launch of the Sandbox is to contribute your Framework-related materials by creating a contributor account. Consult the Sandbox Help Center for information about how to get the most out of using the Sandbox.

The FAB Sandbox Project Team (Donna Witek, Susan Miller, and Sharon Mader) want to thank the Cherry Hill Company, ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis and the ACRL staff, and ALA ITTS for their collaboration and support in bringing this long-awaited resource to life.

See you in the Sandbox!

Immersion ’17 Applications Due Dec. 5


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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.

Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks


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Threshold full coverACRL announces the publication of Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks, edited by Randall McClure. College and research librarians have been working alongside professors invested in writing in the disciplines for decades, but new kinds of partnerships are emerging as faculty members and librarians are re-imagining their work for students in a world where writing is both global and largely digital.

Rewired highlights the clear connections between two important disciplinary documents—the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing (CWPA, NCTE, and NWP, 2011) and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL, 2016)—and examines partnerships between librarians and their colleagues who are teaching information literacy in new and impactful ways.

The chapters in Section 1, Developing a Shared Understanding, show off the ways we can learn from each other’s expertise when we engage in conversation and break down the disciplinary silos that tend to separate us. The range of curricular reforms at institutions across the country showcased in Section 2, Partnering Research & Writing, offer multiple options for how partnerships between faculty members invested in writing in the disciplines and their librarian colleagues might develop in different kinds of institutional contexts. And finally, Section 3, Assessing Writing & Information Literacy, challenges us to think about how we assess students’ research-writing development and the impact of the partnerships we develop.

From disciplines and areas one would expect—English departments, first-year writing programs, and university writing centers—to those perhaps more unexpected, such as the health sciences, courses in music, and summer bridge programs, Rewired features partnerships within a range of institutional types that have built upon the connections between these Frameworks in ways that construct meaningful relationships for students as they develop expertise in research-writing.

Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Immersion ’17 Invitation to Apply


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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.

ACRL Selects New Curriculum Designers/ Presenters for the Framework


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Andrea Baer

Andrea Baer

ACRL has selected a team of three curriculum designers/presenters to create professional development offerings to provide support for librarians as they incorporate the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into their practice at all types of academic institutions.

After careful consideration of the large and outstanding applicant pool, the selection committee, with representatives from the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee and the ACRL Framework Advisory Board, selected the following members for the new Framework Curriculum Designer/Presenter Team: Andrea Baer, Instructional Services Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia; Brittney Johnson, Head of Library Instruction, St. Edward’s University; and Lindsay Matts-Benson, Instructional Designer, University of Minnesota.

Brittney Johnson

Brittney Johnson

“We are thrilled Andrea, Brittney, and Lindsay have accepted our invitation to develop this curriculum for the Framework,” said Framework Advisory Board Chair Donna Witek of the University of Scranton. “Their combined experience with using the Framework for both their own instruction and the professional development of their colleagues set them apart from a strong candidate pool for these roles. Their knowledge and experience complement each other as a team, bringing to the development of this new curriculum a combination of instructional design techniques, knowledge and practice of pedagogical theories, and on-the-ground engagement with the Framework in their own instructional work.”

Lindsay Matts Benson

Lindsay Matts Benson

The team will plan, develop, and deliver learning experiences for face-to-face and virtual learning contexts, and will work closely with the Framework Advisory Board to align the curriculum with professional development needs. The face-to-face workshops will be offered as licensed ‘roadshows,’ as with the existing Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy; Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work; Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action; and Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement workshops.

Online offerings will be part of ACRL’s regular e-Learning program, which includes multi-week asynchronous courses, topical webcasts, and other interactive formats. The first offerings are expected to be available by late spring 2017.

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