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(via Sara Scheib, University of Iowa)

Do you know someone who is an amazing teaching librarian? If yes, consider nominating them as a Featured Teaching Librarian! If you’re an amazing teaching librarian, consider nominating yourself.

The ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee wants to highlight excellent teaching librarians. Several times during the year, the committee selects and interviews a librarian who demonstrates a passion for teaching, innovation, and student learning. This feature provides a way to showcase amazing teaching librarians and share their best teaching practices with others in the field.  Consider nominating yourself or someone you think is amazing!

Nominations are due by Friday, August 4.

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(via Yen Tran, San Jose State University)

ACRL Press is planning to publish a book titled Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students. Editors Ngoc-Yen Tran & Silke Higgins invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on how academic libraries are addressing the unique struggles of international students, transfer or commuter students, first-generation students, and re-entry or older-adult students. The book will focus on strategies for retaining and graduating these student populations by exploring methods for overcoming barriers, discussing best practices for engaging students in research and information literacy topics, as well as providing a variety of services that support students beyond the classroom environment.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. We are seeking proposals for two types of chapters in support of the aforementioned student populations.

  • research or case studies on such topics as who your students are and what needs or struggles they face
  • research or in-depth case studies on the application of learning theories (such as Social Cognitive Learning Theory or Educational Gaming Theory)–topics might include best practices for instruction, outreach, or collection development; overcoming language and access barriers; developing meaningful relationships with peers and faculty; and balancing school, work, and general life responsibilities

Submission Procedure

Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, a writing sample, and a list of previous publications (if applicable), tolib.learning.theories@gmail.com by Monday, June 19. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for completion, evidence of institutional approval, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you believe are relevant. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Friday, July 7. If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample. Writing samples from multiple authors may be submitted, however, if it is felt that doing so will create a better representation of the group’s work.

This initial stage requires a 500-word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due September 30, with drafts and edits staggered earlier throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors. All chapters will undergo peer review by a subject matter expert prior to publication.

For additional information, contact the editors: Ngoc-Yen Tran, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at yen.tran@sjsu.edu; and Silke Higgins, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at silke.higgins@sjsu.edu.

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ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Toolkit Launches

(via Donna Witek, The University of Scranton)

The ACRL Framework Advisory Board (FAB) is pleased to announce the launch of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Toolkit. The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Toolkit is intended as a freely available professional development resource that can be used and adapted by both individuals and groups in order to foster understanding and use of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The ACRL Framework Toolkit is available on the ACRL LibGuides site.

Librarians can use the ACRL Framework Toolkit resources in a variety of ways:  for their individual professional development needs; to form a community of practice with their colleagues around the Framework and information literacy; and to develop workshops and professional development opportunities in their libraries and also for local, regional, and state-level events and conferences.

The ACRL Framework Toolkit contains four modules: “Finding Time to Engage the Framework“, “The Framework’s Structure”, “Foundations of the Framework“, and “Strategies for Using the Framework“. A fifth module, “Collaboration and Conversations with the Framework“, is currently in development.  Each module includes essential questions, learning outcomes, and active learning resources such as guided reading activities, discussion prompts, and lists of key readings.

Please direct any questions to FAB Chair Donna Witek, at donna.witek@scranton.edu.

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(via Yen Tran, San Jose State University)

ACRL Press is planning to publish a book titled Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students. Editors Ngoc-Yen Tran & Silke Higgins invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on how academic libraries are addressing the unique struggles of international students, transfer or commuter students, first-generation students, and re-entry or older-adult students. The book will focus on strategies for retaining and graduating these student populations by exploring methods for overcoming barriers, discussing best practices for engaging students in research and information literacy topics, as well as providing a variety of services that support students beyond the classroom environment.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. We are seeking proposals for two types of chapters in support of the aforementioned student populations.

  • research or case studies on such topics as who your students are and what needs or struggles they face
  • research or in-depth case studies on the application of learning theories (such as Social Cognitive Learning Theory or Educational Gaming Theory)–topics might include best practices for instruction, outreach, or collection development; overcoming language and access barriers; developing meaningful relationships with peers and faculty; and balancing school, work, and general life responsibilities

Submission Procedure

Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, a writing sample, and a list of previous publications (if applicable), here by Monday, June 19. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for completion, evidence of institutional approval, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you believe are relevant. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Friday, July 7. If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample. Writing samples from multiple authors may be submitted, however, if it is felt that doing so will create a better representation of the group’s work.

This initial stage requires a 500-word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due September 30, with drafts and edits staggered earlier throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors. All chapters will undergo peer review by a subject matter expert prior to publication.

For additional information, contact the editors: Ngoc-Yen Tran, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at yen.tran@sjsu.edu; and Silke Higgins, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at silke.higgins@sjsu.edu.

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Applicants Sought for College Library Director Mentoring Program

(via Melissa Jadlos, St. John Fisher College)

If you are a new Library Director at a small college library, please consider joining the College Library Director Mentoring Program. The program, now in its twenty-fifth year, is designed to enhance leadership capabilities of new college  library directors, and to help them meet the unique challenges involved in directing libraries in small colleges. First-year directors are assigned a mentor to listen and provide support throughout the year. There is also a series of webinars and a three-day seminar in March. Topics are based on participants’ needs and may include planning, campus politics, and leadership issues.

A member of the 2016-17 cohort stated, “Thanks to interactions with my mentor, the faculty of the program, and fellow participants I am better able to identify ways to move my institution forward in regard to assessment, policy making, and programming to better serve my college. Though it sometimes feels as if I’m scaling a mountain, it’s encouraging to know that others have similar experiences and can testify to the fact that there are moments in which I’ll be able to reach a vista and enjoy the beauty of the work that has been done.”

Applicants must be new directors at a small-college library (fewer than 3,500 undergraduate FTE) and cannot have previously been a director at a small-college library. Additional information about qualifications and the application process is available on the Program website.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The ACRL Board of Director has approved Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians, a revision of the association’s 2007 ACRL Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators. Authored by the Standards and Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators Revision Task Force, the shift in focus in 2015 from the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education model prompted the Task Force to closely examine not only the proficiencies themselves but their structure and purpose.

In the spirit of the Framework, the Task Force intended to present a more holistic perspective of the range of work done by teaching librarians rather than a list of skills needed to do a specific job. Teaching librarians have increasingly explored innovative and creative roles within their institutions, and the document is intended to reflect the myriad activities, projects, and responsibilities that teaching librarians from a wide variety of institutions may find themselves taking on at different points in their work life and throughout their careers, as well as the characteristics and strengths needed to flourish within these roles. The Task Force also wanted to provide a basic framework from which teaching librarian roles can continually expand within a variety of contexts. In short, this document was designed to act as a bridge between concept and practice.

Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians is available here.

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(via Mary Jane Petrowski, ACRL Associate Director)

The next ACRL e-Learning webcast will take place on Thursday, June 1. The webinar, titled “Beyond Worksheets: Using Instructional Technologies for Authentic Assessment of Student Learning”, will last from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CST. More information is below.

Academic librarians are no strangers to assessment, but figuring out how to implement authentic assessment can be tricky. We all want our instruction to help students, but how do we know if they are actually learning? Better yet, how can we make this process enjoyable for both the educators (that’s us!) and the students?

This interactive webcast will discuss the importance of designing authentic learning activities tied to information literacy learning outcomes. Learn about a number of instructional technologies that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning while engaging in higher-order skills such as critical thinking, synthesis, and analysis of information.  Engage in analysis of several tech tools and assessment techniques for use in varied instructional scenarios, including one-time class sessions, trainings, and workshops. Most of the techniques discussed will be applicable for assessing students both in-person and online. Webcast participants will receive an instructional technologies evaluation form that can be used to analyze the technologies highlighted in the session for use in their own teaching. This webcast will share successful and easy to implement authentic assessment techniques and tools that will have students showing off their skills in no time.

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(via Sheila Stoeckel, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Please join the ACRL Student Learning & Information Literacy Committee for the second webinar in our series that focuses on how community college librarians are using and considering the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. “Framework Freak-out: How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Live With the Framework” will take place on Thursday, June 1, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CST. To register, go here. The presenter is Meredith Farkas, Faculty Librarian at Portland Community College (Sylvania Campus). A description of the webinar’s content is below.

Librarians greeted the adoption of the Framework for Information Literacy with mixed emotions. Some discussions around the Framework make it seem like it has either doomed us all, requires a total reboot of our instruction programs, or that we need additional degrees in philosophy and instructional design to even understand it. The reality is not nearly so dire. In this presentation, Farkas, a pragmatist and long time instruction coordinator, will talk about how the Framework has enriched her work as one of many tools she relies on to inform her teaching, outreach, and assessment. She will also discuss approaches she and colleagues at Portland Community College have taken to embrace aspects of the Framework, particularly around outreach to disciplinary faculty.

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(via Sharon Mader, University of New Orleans)

The application deadline to become a presenter for the new “Engaging with the ACRL Framework” workshop has been extended to 5:00 PM CST on Wednesday, May 31.

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective presenters for its newest licensed workshop “Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices, which will be launched early this summer. Generally offered as a day-long workshop led by two presenters, this workshop joins the slate of ACRL’s other licensed workshops that can be scheduled upon request from libraries, consortia, and other groups. In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team will be involved in virtual programming through ACRL’s e-Learning program and other delivery modes.

The original team of three curriculum designers and presenters will be expanded by recruiting and mentoring at least three new presenters for the launch of this new workshop.

Requirements

  • evidence of understanding and use of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in your instruction practice, including the underlying theories of Understanding by Design, threshold concepts, and metaliteracy
  • experience in designing, developing, facilitating, and leading interactive workshops and other professional development offerings
  • demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative planning and teamwork.
  • experience working in information literacy instruction in academic libraries.

For more information, including instructions for submitting the application, please go here.

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Recording of May 19 DLS Instruction Committee Webinar Available

(via Heather Dalal, Rider University)

A recording of the May 19 DLS Instruction Committee webinar, “Collaborative Instructional Design: Leveraging Resources to Build Online Learning Experiences”, can be found here. More information about the presentation is below.

Student interest and participation in online courses and learning experiences are growing, but library budgets and resources are typically not. Collaborative instructional design is one way to leverage existing staff and technology to create library learning experiences for patrons in online spaces. Joelle Pitts, Instructional Design Librarian for Kansas State University, will discuss the case for collaborative design and guidelines for successful implementation based on her work leading an inter-institutional library instruction consortium. Particular focus will be given to the design and development phases, including the use of the rapid prototyping model, and the logistics of team testing and assessment. Critical questions, transferrable tips, and common challenges will be shared. Click here to learn more about Joelle Pitts.

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