Category Archives: Information Literacy

ACRL Seeks Curriculum Designer/Presenters for New Professional Development Offerings

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications from prospective curriculum designer/presenters to create new professional development offerings in two areas: Research Data Management and the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy. The four selected curriculum designers will work in pairs to plan, develop, and deliver learning experiences for ACRL in each of these two areas. The learning experiences they design will include face-to-face and virtual learning intended to build librarians’ capacity as leaders on issues/projects of campus-wide interest.

The in person workshops to be developed will be offered as “roadshows” upon request on a licensed basis, as with the existing ACRL workshops Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action and Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement. Online offerings to be developed will be part of ACRL’s regular eLearning program and could include multi-week asynchronous courses and topical webcasts of 60-90 minutes each in an interactive online classroom.

Each of the two new professional development areas has its own topical scope and distinct qualifications for applicants. Successful curriculum designer/presenters for both of these new professional development offerings must attend a curriculum design meeting at ALA Midwinter in January 2016, work on curriculum design from January-May 2016, and present one or more webinars in spring 2016 and in-person workshops beginning in summer 2016.

Read more about being a curriculum designer/presenter in the full call for applicants for Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy and Research Data Management professional development. Apply by October 14, 2015, per the instructions in each call. Two small review teams of ACRL member leaders will consider applications. The process includes checking references and an interview. Each group will select designer/presenters and notify all applicants in November 2015.

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts Webinar Archive

The video archive of yesterday’s ACRL Presents webinar “Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians” is now available. The webinar featured a conversation with Gayle Schaub and Hazel McClure, two of the editors of the ACRL publication Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts.

The webinar video is available below and on the ACRL YouTube channel.

ACRL Presents Webinar: Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians (7/29)

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webinar, “Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians,” on Wednesday, July 29, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Central (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Mountain | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Central | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern).  Please note that you can convert additional time zones online at

Participate in a conversation with Gayle Schaub and Hazel McClure, two of the editors of the exciting new book from ACRL, Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts.

  • Hear about how their early exploration of threshold concepts led to this collection of lesson plans from librarians around the country.
  • Learn more about teaching with a focus on conceptual understandings rather than skills.
  • Sample some of the lesson plans to see how you can use and adapt them for your own context.

How to register
Submit your free registration online by 2:00 p.m. Central, July 28, 2015.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to

Upcoming ACRL Webcast – Librarians Collaborate! Working Across Two-and Four-Year Institutions (7/22)

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “Librarians Collaborate! Working Across Two-and Four-Year Institutions to Teach Transfer Students Information Literacy Skills,” on Wednesday, July 22 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central).

Typically, librarians at four year colleges and universities and their feeder institutions do not communicate about information literacy instruction. Rather than sharing details about the information literacy needs of students in each year of college we work within our institutions to meet institutional information literacy goals. As a result we may not be aware of  specific information literacy skills needed by students who transfer.  Learn how librarians at a university and community college collaborated to enhance information literacy instruction for transfer students. Ideas for designing a collaborative professional development workshop to enhance communication and design information literacy student learning outcomes at two and four year institutions will be shared.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of investigating information literacy programs for transfer students at regional community colleges and four year institutions.
  • Learn strategies for fostering communication with academic librarians within their service region.
  • Learn techniques for sharing information literacy strategies and developing mechanisms for ongoing collaboration between feeder institution librarians and university librarians.

Presenter(s): Margaret Gregor, Instructional Materials Center Librarian, Appalachian State University; Deborah Joyner, Director, Learning Resource Center, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute; Kelly McCallister, Distance Education Librarian, Appalachian State University

Registration materials and details on the webcast are available online, and group registration and other discounts are available.  Contact or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.


SLILC Annotated Bibliography on Threshold Concepts

In light of the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) has compiled an annotated bibliography on threshold concepts, one of the educational theories underpinning the document.

The articles in the bibliography were chosen by members of the committee based on interest. The list represents a wide variety of disciplines around threshold concepts and serves as an introduction to threshold concepts in the literature of educational theory. There are several examples for how threshold concepts are determined, taught and assessed including case studies and evidence-based assessment.

Articles were chosen from the authoritative resource on threshold concepts:

Threshold Concepts: Undergraduate Teaching, Postgraduate Training and Professional Development – A short introduction and bibliography     

If you would like to make a suggestion for an addition to this annotated bibliography, please contact the SLILC chair.

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