Category Archives: Information Literacy

Update on the Framework for Information Literacy “Sandbox”

Framework for Informaiton Literacy coverThe ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) has been hard at work collaborating with the Cherry Hill Company on the development of the Framework “Sandbox,” a repository for sharing Framework instruction materials.

While development has taken a little longer than originally anticipated, we are excited to report that the repository will enter into the testing phase within the next week. After testing is complete and feedback incorporated, we hope to launch the website by the end of November/early December of this year.

We are aware of how highly anticipated this resource is by members of the profession. It has been a priority of ours to balance timeliness of availability of this repository with a high quality, dynamic platform that upon launch will meet the needs of academic librarians using the Framework. This repository will allow contributors to upload resources they have developed and will provide robust searching by fields such as keyword, institution, contributor, and more, so that those looking for ideas can find related materials. We are grateful for everyone’s continued patience, and look forward with excitement to launching before the end of the fall 2016 semester.

In the meantime, we hope Framework practitioners are getting their Framework-related resources ready for submission to the “Sandbox.” We can’t wait to see what everyone has already created!

— The FAB “Sandbox” Project Team (Donna Witek, Susan Miller, and Sharon Mader)

ACRL Immersion Program – Call for New Faculty

ACRL is accepting applications for new faculty for the Immersion Program. Now in its seventeenth year, the Immersion Program brings together academic librarians for four to five days of intensive work in teaching and information literacy. With more than 2,000 graduates of previous national and regional sessions, the Immersion Program has transformed individuals, students, and instruction programs nationally and internationally. The faculty is currently engaged in a major program revision, based upon assessment data and feedback from Immersion alumni and the academic library community. We are looking for candidates who can bring a fresh perspective and creative ideas to this revision process.

The current Immersion Program curriculum is divided into six tracks.  In addition to these foundational programs, ACRL and the Immersion faculty look forward to new innovations in our curriculum. We are seeking experienced academic librarians and instructional designers who will help us analyze and re-envision the curriculum and take Immersion in new and exciting directions.

Current faculty members agree teaching in the Immersion Program is the most energizing and challenging professional development experience in which they have ever participated. Faculty members have direct opportunity to influence the future of information literacy and to further expand its impact as an educational change agenda.

The complete Call for Immersion Faculty is available online.  Application materials must submitted via email by 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, November 4, 2016 to Margot Conahan, ACRL Manager of Professional Development, at mconahan@ala.orgCandidates will be interviewed in person at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2017. Applicants invited for an in-person interview will be notified by December 1, 2016 and may be required to provide additional information in mid-November.

Questions can be directed to John Cosgrove at

Call for Curriculum Designers for the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

Framework for Informaiton Literacy coverACRL is accepting applications from prospective curriculum designers/presenters to create professional development offerings to provide support for librarians as they incorporate the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into their practice.

The curriculum designers will plan and develop learning experiences for face to face and virtual learning contexts. The in-person workshops will be offered upon request on a licensed basis, as with the existing ACRL workshops on Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action and Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.  In-person workshops may also be offered at ALA and/or ACRL Conferences. Online offerings would be part of ACRL’s regular eLearning program and could include a multi-week asynchronous course and one or more topical webcasts of 60-90 minutes each in an interactive online classroom. Collaborating with the ACRL Framework Advisory Board in the development of a free online toolkit for the Framework will also be a responsibility of the curriculum designers.


  • Evidence of understanding and use of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
  • Experience in designing, developing, facilitating, and leading interactive workshops and other professional development offerings
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative planning
  • Experience working in information literacy instruction in academic libraries

Strongly preferred:

  • Background in instructional design
  • Demonstrated effectiveness and engagement in instruction in a higher education context
  • Ability to deliver effective live webcasts in an interactive, online classroom environment

Successful curriculum designers/presenters must be:

  • Available to attend a curriculum design meeting in November 2016
  • Available to work on curriculum design from November 2016 to March 2017
  • Available to present the Framework workshops/online offerings during 2017.  These can include preconferences, eLearning courses and webcasts, and in-person licensed workshops

In addition to the above, serving as a curriculum designer/presenter involves participating in all segments of the workshop event and development of materials, exercises and presentations. Additionally, it will involve revision and updating of curriculum and materials as needed and possible development of new materials. It is also anticipated that coaching and training of new presenters will be needed in the future. A stipend will be provided for the curriculum development phase and an honorarium will be provided to workshop presenters, along with travel costs presentation (to include flight, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals).

How to apply
To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:

    1. Statement addressing the following questions (two pages max for all).
      • Why do you want to become a curriculum designer/presenter for ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy workshops?
      • How does your experience qualify you for the role?
      • What contributions could you make to the design/presenter team?
      • Can you provide examples of your teaching/training experiences, with links to instructional materials, video, etc., that demonstrate your abilities as a teacher?
      • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    2. Your resume or C.V.
    3. The names and contact information for two 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 Friday, September 16, 2016, to Margot Conahan, ACRL Manager of Professional Development, at

A selection committee with representatives from the ACRL Framework Advisory Board and the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee will consider applications and conduct telephone interviews. Applicants will be notified by October 24, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact Sharon Mader at, (800) 545-2433, ext. 5241, or Margot Conahan at, (312) 280-2522.

ACRL announces new presenters for Intersections workshop

The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Emma Molls, Joelle Pitts, and Michelle Reed as the newest presenters for the one-day licensed workshop, “Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy.”  Emma, Joelle, and Michelle join the team of Maryam Fakouri and John Watts as partners in shaping the curriculum and presenting the workshop.

Emma Molls is the Publishing Services Librarian at University of Minnesota; Joelle Pitts is the Instructional Design Librarian/Associate Professor, Kansas State University; and Michelle Reed is the Undergraduate Learning Specialist, University of Kansas.

“We’re very excited to welcome Emma, Joelle, and Michelle to the team of presenters for the Intersections licensed workshop,” said past Chair of the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee Merinda Hensley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  “This next step in the Intersections initiative is really exciting – we now have five excellent minds coming together to promote learning for librarians on how to further incorporate scholarly communication into their information literacy sessions. I am really looking forward to how the curriculum designers expand the conversation in relation to the Framework and how it will impact these new professional development opportunities.”

The Intersections licensed workshop will be offered as a “roadshow” as with the existing ACRL 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.

The Intersections workshop will be available upon request on a licensed basis starting in fall 2016.  Stay tuned for more information about how you can bring the one day to your campus, chapter, or consortia at any time year round.

Contact Margot Conahan, Manager of Professional Development, at or call 312-280-2522 with questions.

July/August ACRL e-Learning Events

ACRL is offering a variety of online learning events this summer to meet the demands of your schedule and budget.

Interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available.

Modern Pathfinders: Easy Techniques to Make Better Research Guides (July 20, 2016)
Librarians put many hours into creating research guides, and usage studies have shown that students use them very little. Learn some effective techniques of instructional design and web usability that any librarian can apply to make online guides better and more useful to your students, whether you’re using LibGuides or a home-brew system.

Excavating RDM from Library Data (August 4, 2016)
Learn how to implement research data management (RDM) concepts and techniques to library data with a goal of managing library data strategically.  In turn, apply your new RDM knowledge in outreach to your disciplinary faculty.

Online courses are primarily asynchronous and require approximately three to five hours a week.

Designing Curriculum & Developing Educators for the Information Literacy Courses of Tomorrow (July 18-August 5, 2016)
Is your information literacy course in need of an overhaul?  Do you want to deliver exceptional learning experiences through your credit course?  This online course will focus on information literacy curriculum development, including consideration of the Framework for Information Literacy and high impact practices with regards to content development and delivery.

Complete details and registration information for e-Learning webcasts are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at for more information.

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