Reminder: ACRL Immersion Program Applications Due May 2

Applications for the ACRL Immersion Program Assessment and Intentional Teaching Tracks are due Friday, May 2, 2014. The Assessment and Intentional Teaching Tracks will be offered November 19-22, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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.  Nationally-recognized faculty will lead participants through intensive information literacy training and education.

  • Assessment: Demonstrating the Educational Value of the Academic Library Track — Discover how to approach assessment from a learning-centered perspective. Participants will work individually and cooperatively to extend their conceptual understanding of assessment and to expand their toolkit of practical assessment methods.  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.  During the program, participants will develop a plan for their assessment activities which will form the basis for future engagement with these issues both individually and as a leader of IL initiatives at their institutions.
  • Intentional Teaching: Reflective Teaching to Improve Student Learning Track — Explore 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.  Participants will articulate a personal philosophy of teaching and learning in order to intentionally shape the student experience.

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