ACRL Immersion Program – All New for 2018

The ACRL Immersion Program is all new for 2018! The 4.5-day program will take place at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota from July 29 to August 3, 2018. The new, more central location will provide easy travel access, while still providing the small campus feel with nearby urban amenities.

The 2018 ACRL Immersion Program will launch a major curriculum revision. The Immersion Faculty are responding to feedback from teaching librarians, including past Immersion Program participants, in order to design a learning experience that meets current challenges, is responsive and flexible, enables participant-driven learning goals and experiences, and provides opportunities to develop a critical reflective practice. The program is not just for instruction or information literacy librarians or instruction coordinators. It is designed for anyone engaged in the educational role of libraries in higher education, including librarians from all library areas that engage in teaching and learning practices such as offering workshops, designing library assignments, creating exhibits,  etc.

Applicants may register for the program on a first come, first served basis in early 2018.

Some scholarships will be available; scholarship details will also be available in early 2018. Watch the Immersion Program webpage for details!

The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts

Fun of Motivation coverACRL announces the publication of The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts by Mary Francis, book number 71 in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series. This innovative book combines theory with specific lesson plans and assessment options to help readers explore, implement, and assess this powerful means of motivation.

What’s the place of fun in education? When students learn something new, they reach a learning edge, a threshold, where learning becomes uncomfortable because the material is difficult or beyond their understanding. To avoid this discomfort, some students can simply fall back on what they already know. This is a critical point, because if they do not move beyond the edge, they are stuck with both limited knowledge and a negative feeling about learning. Fun can be used as a motivating technique to help students get past this learning edge, and to meet an established goal or learning objective.

The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts is organized into two parts—Part I examines the theories behind motivation and fun in the classroom, and offers three instructional techniques that highlight their benefits. Part II is the application of the theories explored in Part I, and its six chapters each address one of the threshold concepts provided in ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Each chapter contains three lesson plans addressing the threshold concept, one for each of the three fun instructional techniques. Assessment opportunities are provided throughout, with formative assessment strategies as well as summative assessments, including sample rubrics to apply to a range of student work. Each lesson plan ends with a section on possible modifications and accommodations and additional ideas on how to adapt the lesson for different student populations.

The threshold concepts within the Framework need to be facilitated with deliberation by librarians integrating them into their instruction sessions. Students must be motivated to learn these concepts that help them master skills across disciplines. The Fun of Motivation can help you utilize this compelling means of motivation.

The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Keep the Pressure on Congress to Protect Net Neutrality

Because ISPs Shouldn't have VIPs Libraries TransformFrom the ALA Washington Office District Dispatch blog:

Nearly 9,000 advocates have raised a library voice in favor of net neutrality over the past week, adding significantly to the outcry over the FCC’s draconian draft order rescinding 2015 protections. According to our action center dashboard, 27,319 emails have been sent and, thanks to you, every member of Congress has received at least one email from us. If you haven’t had a moment to write or call your member of Congress, it’s not too late. Go here.

In fact, some members have already spoken out in favor of preserving net neutrality. Maine Senator Susan Collins was the first Republican to oppose the draft order and has been joined by a few other Republicans and many Democrats. If you’re not sure where your member of Congress stands, you can check out the scorecard from our friends at Fight for the Future.

We also are working with other net neutrality allies to focus attention on Energy and Commerce Committee members, who most directly oversee the FCC. The ALA and ACRL have signed on to this letter. Your institution can join, as well, via this form. The deadline to sign on is Friday, December 8 at 12 p.m. EST.

We’ve seen great activity and received some good questions from you. The most frequent question is why we aren’t targeting grassroots action toward the FCC commissioners who have the most direct power over whether or not these draft rules will be adopted. The FCC was our first stop for activism, with ALA comments joining millions of others from librarians and other advocates. The majority of comments filed before the end of the public comment period that makes up the foundation for rulemaking favored preserving enforceable network neutrality rules. The draft order dismissed these arguments in favor of other legal and economic readings of the issue. The draft order already has been supported by a majority of Commissioners, so it is almost certain to pass unless there is a meaningful intervention.

One possibility is a legal argument to the FCC, which the ALA has supported in a joint letter. Since the FCC order abdicates enforcement to the Federal Trade Commission, this argument is new and highly relevant. Concerns about the integrity of the FCC’s public record for this rulemaking also are significant. But even these concerns may not move a highly partisan FCC. Congressional outcry is the most likely to bring a pause on the intended vote.

Please keep up the pressure and continue to share your questions and ideas for activism. We’ll be back with more news and action items next week.

Volunteer for ACRL Division, Section, or Representative Appointments

Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.

If you’d like to become more engaged, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Lauren Pressley invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2018-2019 division or section committee.

The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!

If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 15, 2018. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

Questions about the ACRL appointment process? Please join the ACRL Membership Committee on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 1 pm CST, for an online discussion on how the ACRL appointment process works for division-level committees, sections, interest groups, and discussion groups.

C&RL News – December 2017

C&RL News - December 2017The December 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Digital humanities remains a major trend in academic and research libraries. In this month’s Perspectives on the Framework column, John E. Russell and Merinda Kaye Hensley discuss the intersection of digital humanities, digital pedagogy, and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in their article “Beyond buttonology.”

Many libraries continue to launch innovative digital humanities projects, allowing access to, and interaction with, information in new and exciting ways. Danielle Mihram writes about one such project in her article “The University of Southern California’s Voltaire Letters.”

Amanda Clay Powers, Martin Garnar, and Dustin Fife share part two of their “New academic library  leader discussion series” this issue, focusing on the first 100 days of their directorships.

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Shea Swauger of the University of Colorado-Denver Auraria Library examines “Open access, power, and privilege” in relation to views on predatory publishing.

While many institutions are focusing on OER to provide expanded access to textbooks and other course materials, some libraries, especially at smaller schools, still find providing access to print textbooks a valid solution to leveling the playing field. Dolores Skowronek writes about her experiences with “Textbooks on open reserve” at Alverno College in this month’s issue.

According to tradition, we also take a look back at ACRL’s accomplishments in advancing learning and transforming scholarship with our 2016–2017 Annual Report. The report is a great way to reflect on all of the things you, the ACRL membership, have accomplished over the past year. You can help make the next year of your association as successful as the last by volunteering to serve on an ACRL committee. The call for volunteers is available on page 616.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look at ACRL activities at the upcoming 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver and Internet Resources on “Marketing resources for the beginner” from the ACRL Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group.

Have a fantastic holiday season. We look forward to sharing more great content with you in 2018!

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