Category Archives: Information Literacy

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.

Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board

small_bannerThe ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has introduced a new way of thinking and practicing to the academic library community, and it has already brought both inspiration and challenge to librarians as they explore new directions in information literacy practice and research. To support the implementation of the Framework, the ACRL Board of Directors has approved the creation of a new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board. These member leaders will work with the ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy to offer a range of expertise and perspectives that can positively and strategically shape the growth and development of the Framework.

We are pleased to welcome the following as members of the inaugural ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board:

Tish Hayes  (Information Literacy Librarian, Moraine Valley Community College)

Susan Miller (Past Chair, ACRL Instruction Section, 2012-2013)

Leslie Morgan (First Year Studies Librarian, Notre Dame University)

Nicole Pagowsky  (Assistant Librarian, University of Arizona)

Donna Witek (Public Services Librarian & Associate Professor, University of Scranton)

More information about the advisory board is available on the Framework website.

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold ConceptsACRL is pleased to announce the publication of Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians. Edited by Patricia Bravender, Hazel McClure, and Gayle Schaub, Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts is an essential resource for instruction librarians interested in promoting critical thinking and engaged learning.

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts provides instruction librarians detailed, ready-to-use, and easily adaptable lesson ideas to help students understand and be transformed by information literacy threshold concepts. The included lessons are categorized according to the six information literacy frames identified in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. This volume offers concrete and specific ways of teaching the threshold concepts that are central to the Framework and is suitable for all types of academic and high school libraries, as well as a pedagogical tool for library and information schools.

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Immersion application extension: June 5 deadline

The application deadline for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program Assessment and Intentional Teacher tracks has been extended until Friday, June 5.

The Immersion Program allows you to embrace your educational role by embarking on a path of teacher development and pedagogical inquiry in a community of practice for academic librarians devoted to collaborative learning and individual renewal.  The program will be offered in Nashville, Tennessee. Assessment track dates are November 4-7, 2015; Intentional Teaching track dates are November 4-8, 2015.

Assessment: Demonstrating the Educational Value of the Academic Library Track (November 4-7, 2015) — Discover how to approach assessment from a learning-centered perspective. Participants will emerge with a broader understanding of assessment and how to use assessment as an important tool to guide evidence-based classroom, curriculum and program development. Learning outcomes include:

  • Define assessment in terms of student learning in order to understand its relationship to good teaching, library viability, and change
  • Formulate a learning-centered philosophy of assessment in order to inform development of information literacy program elements
  • Explore and utilize multiple modes of assessment in order to build a culture of evidence upon which to base programmatic development and change
  • Critically examine a variety of assessment techniques and methodologies in order to evaluate them for application in your institutional setting
  • Examine the leadership role of the library in a collaborative IL assessment effort in order to build support and trust among the stakeholder groups at your institution

I love Immersion. Every program I’ve gone to has done more to change me in a few days than years of work. Thank you so much!” ~ 2014 Assessment Immersion participant

Intentional Teaching: Reflective Teaching to Improve Student Learning Track (November 4-8, 2015) — Find out how to become more self-aware and self-directed as a teacher.  This track is aimed at the experienced academic librarian (5+ years teaching experience, in a library or other setting) and facilitates the process of critical reflection through peer discussion, readings and personal reflection as a pathway to professional growth and renewal. Learning outcomes include:

  • Engage in ongoing reflective practice in order to sustain professional renewal and growth.
  • Articulate a personal philosophy of teaching and learning in order to intentionally shape the student experience.
  • Align personal philosophy with daily practice in order to consistently actualize your beliefs, intentions and actions
  • Participate in a community of practice in order to access and share ideas, resources, publications, support structures, and networks.
  • Value uncertainty and risk-taking in order to deepen your identity and integrity as a teacher.

Teachers were all fantastic! Participants were all extraordinary people. Fell in love with everyone. Readings were very informative. Can’t wait to go home and read all the books and share them with my colleagues. I’m stoked. Can’t wait to go home and teach!” ~ 2014 Intentional Teaching Immersion participant

Visit the Immersion website for complete details about the program, including curriculum details and application instructions.  Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or mconahan@ala.org.

Immersion applications due May 15

Application materials for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program Assessment and Intentional Teaching Tracks are due Friday, May 15, 2015.

The Immersion Program allows you to embrace your educational role by embarking on a path of teacher development and pedagogical inquiry in a community of practice for academic librarians devoted to collaborative learning and individual renewal.  The program will be offered in Nashville, Tennessee. Assessment track dates are November 4-7, 2015; Intentional Teaching track dates are November 4-8, 2015.

Assessment: Demonstrating the Educational Value of the Academic Library Track (November 4-7, 2015) — Discover how to approach assessment from a learning-centered perspective. Participants will emerge with a broader understanding of assessment and how to use assessment as an important tool to guide evidence-based classroom, curriculum and program development. Learning outcomes include:

  • Define assessment in terms of student learning in order to understand its relationship to good teaching, library viability, and change
  • Formulate a learning-centered philosophy of assessment in order to inform development of information literacy program elements
  • Explore and utilize multiple modes of assessment in order to build a culture of evidence upon which to base programmatic development and change
  • Critically examine a variety of assessment techniques and methodologies in order to evaluate them for application in your institutional setting
  • Examine the leadership role of the library in a collaborative IL assessment effort in order to build support and trust among the stakeholder groups at your institution

I love Immersion. Every program I’ve gone to has done more to change me in a few days than years of work. Thank you so much!” ~ 2014 Assessment Immersion participant

Intentional Teaching: Reflective Teaching to Improve Student Learning Track (November 4-8, 2015) — Find out how to become more self-aware and self-directed as a teacher.  This track is aimed at the experienced academic librarian (5+ years teaching experience, in a library or other setting) and facilitates the process of critical reflection through peer discussion, readings and personal reflection as a pathway to professional growth and renewal. Learning outcomes include:

  • Engage in ongoing reflective practice in order to sustain professional renewal and growth.
  • Articulate a personal philosophy of teaching and learning in order to intentionally shape the student experience.
  • Align personal philosophy with daily practice in order to consistently actualize your beliefs, intentions and actions
  • Participate in a community of practice in order to access and share ideas, resources, publications, support structures, and networks.
  • Value uncertainty and risk-taking in order to deepen your identity and integrity as a teacher.

Teachers were all fantastic! Participants were all extraordinary people. Fell in love with everyone. Readings were very informative. Can’t wait to go home and read all the books and share them with my colleagues. I’m stoked. Can’t wait to go home and teach!” ~ 2014 Intentional Teaching Immersion participant

Visit the Immersion website for complete details about the program, including curriculum details and application instructions.  Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or mconahan@ala.org.

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