Category Archives: Information Literacy

Call for Presenters – “Engaging with the ACRL Framework” Workshop

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective presenters for its newest licensed workshop “Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices”, which will be launched early this summer. Generally offered as a day-long workshop led by two presenters, this workshop joins the slate of ACRL’s other licensed workshops that can be scheduled upon request from libraries, consortia, and other groups across the country. In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team will be involved in virtual programming through ACRL’s e-Learning program and other delivery modes.

The original team of three curriculum designer/presenters will be expanded by recruiting and mentoring at least three new presenters for the launch of this new workshop. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Central on Wednesday, May 24 2017.

Required:

  • Evidence of understanding and use of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in your instruction practice, including the underlying theories of Understanding by Design, threshold concepts, and metaliteracy.
  • Experience in designing, developing, facilitating, and leading interactive workshops and other professional development offerings.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative planning and teamwork.
  • Experience working in information literacy instruction in academic libraries.

Strongly preferred:

  • Background in instructional design.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness and engagement in information literacy in a higher education context.
  • Ability to deliver effective interactive online instruction and professional development offerings in synchronous and asynchronous environments.

Successful members of the presenter team must be:

  • Available to attend one workshop in summer 2017 in order to shadow current presenters prior to co-presenting.
  • Available to present the Framework workshops and online offerings during the year. These can include in-person licensed workshops, eLearning courses and webinars, and pre-conferences.

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. Serving as a member of the presenter team involves participating in regular planning calls, design meetings, participating in all segments of assigned workshops, and development of materials, exercises and presentations as needed.

The new presenters will gain experience by shadowing experienced presenters for one workshop and then team-teach as a presenter (for an average of two workshops per year, depending on demand and scheduling). ACRL will reimburse the new presenters for travel costs for shadowing one workshop (flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals). Thereafter, ACRL will reimburse for travel costs and provide an honorarium for workshops presented.

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):
    1. Why do you want to become a presenter for ACRL’s Framework workshop and what can you contribute?
    2. How have you incorporated the Framework into your instruction?
    3. How does your understanding and use of the underlying theories of the Framework (Understanding by Design, threshold concepts, and metaliteracy) affect your instructional design and teaching?
    4. Describe your experience (individually and/or as part of a team) in designing and delivering interactive workshops and other professional development offerings, both in person and virtually.
  2. Please provide examples of your teaching/training experiences, with links to instructional materials, videos, etc., that demonstrate your abilities as a teacher.
  3. Your resume or C.V.
  4. The names and contact information for 2 references who have direct knowledge of your relevant experience and expertise.

The single PDF application must submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, to Tish Hayes, ACRL Framework Advisory Board Interim Co-Chair, at hayesL45@morainevalley.edu.

A selection committee with representatives from the ACRL Framework Advisory Board, the Framework Curriculum Design Team, and the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee will consider applications and conduct telephone interviews. It is anticipated that additional presenters will be selected before the end of June.

If you have any questions, please contact Chase Ollis, ACRL Program Officer, collis@ala.org, 312.280.2521, or Tish Hayes, ACRL Framework Advisory Board Interim Co-Chair, hayesL45@morainevalley.edu, 708.974.5734.

Global Perspectives on Information Literacy White Paper

Global Perspectives on Information Literacy coverACRL’s Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) announces the publication of a new white paper, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a Dialogue for International Understanding. The paper includes chapters written by information literacy experts from around the world, including Africa, Canada, Europe, Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and seeks to share individual international perspectives that demonstrate how information literacy is viewed, taught, and conceptualized internationally.

The white paper is divided into thirteen chapters covering several topics from each author’s regional and/or cultural perspective:

  • Research trends: What kind of IL-related research is being done in your country or region that has impacted your approach to teaching?
  • Models of information literacy: What standards / frameworks / models / learning theory / pedagogy or specific paradigms do you most often use for inspiration in your teaching?
  • Theory and practice = praxis: Describe the connection between information literacy and student learning from your position or perspective. Alternatively, what is your teaching philosophy?
  • Role of librarians: What is the role of librarians in the higher education landscape of your country or region? How were/are you trained to become a teaching librarian?
  • Future visioning: Think about the future of information literacy for your region and share your vision for what you think that might look like in the next 5–10 years.

A final reflection explores themes presented by the authors, including an overarching shift to an increasing conceptual approach to information literacy; a growing enthusiasm for the teaching role of librarians; a responsibility to prepare our students to live and work in intercultural settings; a growing focus on the intersection of critical pedagogy and information literacy; and the challenges presented by translating information literacy work into multiple languages.

Please join the authors and the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee for a panel presentation and open discussion to discuss the white paper at the upcoming ACRL 2017 Conference in Baltimore. The panel presentation will take place from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in the Baltimore Convention Center, room 341. The open discussion will take place from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in the Hilton Key Ballroom.

Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a Dialogue for International Understanding is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF).

For more information about the white paper and to watch the archived webinar with foreword author, Emma Coonan, please visit the SLILC homepage.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #acrlglobalinfolit.

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 Framework Advisory Board Member News

Since July 2015, the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) has been actively working with the ACRL Visiting Program Officer (VPO) for Information Literacy to create a supportive and interactive environment for librarians to learn how to use the Framework. Original member leaders Tish Hayes, Susan Miller, and Donna Witek were joined by new member leaders kYmberly Keeton, Sara Miller, Raymond Pun, and Mark Szarko in October 2016 to further expand FAB’s range of expertise and perspectives.

Now three additional member leaders have been appointed to FAB by ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold to contribute to the priority projects for this spring, which include promotion and administration of the Framework Sandbox, continued collaboration with the Framework Curriculum Designer/Presenter team, and the introduction of the Framework Toolkit as a locally tailored professional development tool.

FAB is pleased to welcome the following new members for terms beginning immediately and running through June 2017:

  • Smita Avasthi – Public Services Librarian, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Candice Benjes-Small – Head of Information Literacy and Outreach, Radford University, Radford, VA
  • Joanna Gadsby – Instruction Coordinator, Reference Librarian, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

In other FAB news, Tish Hayes and kYmberly Keeton have agreed to serve as Interim Co-Chairs of FAB beginning in mid-March through the end of May 2017, when FAB’s Chair Donna Witek will be out on leave.

And at the end of January 2017, Sharon Mader completed her term as ACRL VPO for Information Literacy. FAB extends their heartfelt thanks to Sharon for her leadership and mentorship over the last two years in her support of the Framework.

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox Launches

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!

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