Category Archives: Information Literacy

Apply for Collaborative Assignment-Design Process by January 12

Note: Please consider applying to participate in the assignment design charrette, described below, by our colleagues at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

Call for Participants

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) is pleased to announce the third assignment charrette to take place March 9, 2015, in Boulder, Colorado. Applications are due by January 12, 2015. This collaborative assignment-design process is an opportunity to work with others with similar interests and to contribute to an online library of high-quality, peer-endorsed assignments. Learn more about the Assignment-Library Initiative and view the current version of the Library, which now contains some 40 assignments.

The charrette is intended for faculty members who are designing and using assignments linked to proficiencies set forth in the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). As academic professionals with an education role, academic librarians are eligible to apply whether or not they have faculty status.

We are open to assignments of all types, addressing the full range of DQP proficiencies. However, we are especially eager to include assignments that address the DQP proficiencies of civic and global learning and/or applied and collaborative learning. We especially encourage those who work at minority-serving institutions or who teach diverse student populations to apply.

The project will pay travel and onsite costs and a $500 honorarium when the assignment has been completed and successfully submitted and accepted into the library. Learn more about how to apply, and submit your application by January 12, 2015.

Additional Resources

In the new report Catalyzing assignment design activity on your campus: Lessons from NILOA’s assignment library initiative the authors discuss lessons learned from NILOA’s Assignment Library Initiative, offer various approaches to increase inter- and intra-campus collaboration on assignment design, and provide six suggestions on how to do so successfully.

The Roadmap to enhanced student learning: Implementing the DQP and Tuning, now available in pdf form, is not a “how-to” manual. The Roadmap is based on studies of institutional work and presents the various routes institutions have taken in implementing DQP/Tuning to advance student learning.

Questions? Contact Natasha Jankowski at njankow2@illinois.edu or Pat Hutchings at hutchings@carnegiefoundation.org.

Immersion Application Deadline Extended to Dec. 17

The application deadline for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program (Teacher and Program Tracks) has been extended to Wednesday, December 17, 2014.  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.

Immersion ’15 (Teacher and Program tracks) will be held at Seattle University in Seattle, August 2-7, 2015.  Acceptance to Immersion ’15 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation.  Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

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, including detailed curriculum and learning outcomes, are available online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersionprogramQuestions about ACRL Immersion ’15 programs should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.

Reminder: Comments Due Dec. 12 on Proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

small_bannerThe Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the third draft of the association’s proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014. Read the document and welcome message highlighting major changes since the June second draft then provide your feedback via an online form.

The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, adopted by ACRL in 2000, has become an essential document related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many institutions of higher education. These, like all ACRL standards, are reviewed cyclically. In June 2012, the ACRL Board of Directors approved a unanimous recommendation that they be a significantly revised. A task force charged with creating the Framework has been working since March 2013, sharing drafts for public comment since February 2014.

Please provide your comments on the third draft of the proposed Framework by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014, via an online form. To help guide your thinking, the task force asks that you consider these questions:

  1. How satisfied are you with the new definition of information literacy?
  2. How satisfied are you with each of the six frames?
  3. How satisfied are you with the opportunities to provide feedback to the task force on drafts of the Framework?
  4. How satisfied are you that the task force has been responsive to feedback provided on previous drafts of the Framework?
  5. OVERALL, how satisfied are you with the third draft of the proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education?
  6. What one thing do you most want the Task Force members to know about the draft Framework?

The task force expects to submit a final document to the ACRL Board in early January 2015 for their consideration at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, IL, in late January. Before a final document is ready to submit to the ACRL Board for consideration, two other ACRL groups are charged to review and provide feedback on near final drafts: the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee and the ACRL Standards Committee.

Immersion Program Applications Due Dec. 5

Friday, December 5, 2014 is the deadline to apply to the ACRL Immersion Program (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.

Immersion ’15 (Teacher and Program tracks) will be held at Seattle University in Seattle, August 2-7, 2015.  Acceptance to Immersion ’15 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation.  Applications are due December 5, 2014.

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 ’15 programs should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.

ACRL e-Learning webcast series: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Registration is available for the three-part e-Learning webcast series, From Awareness to Transformation: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy in 21st Century Academic Libraries. This webcast series, organized by the ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy task force, will focus on practical approaches to building and strengthening connections between scholarly communication and information literacy in academic libraries.  These webcasts build on the work introduced in the ACRL white paper, Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment.

  • Webcast 1: Creating Strategic Collaborations – Starting the Conversations, Making the Connections, Taking Advantage of Opportunities (December 10, 2014)
  • Webcast 2: Designing Job Descriptions for New Roles: Integrating Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy into Library Liaison Job Descriptions (January 15, 2015)
  • Webcast 3: Is Copyright the Third Rail in Information Literacy, or a Common Denominator? (February 18, 2015)

These webcasts will provide content of use to a broad audience, from library staff who might have just begun these conversations to those who have already successfully addressing facets of the changing scholarly communication and information literacy landscape. Each webcast is related to the others but is also independent so you can do all three or just choose one or two that best meets your needs.

Complete details including webcast descriptions and learning outcomes for each webcast, and registration materials are available online. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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