Seeking Curriculum Designers/Facilitators for “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success”

ACRL is seeking applications from individuals who wish to participate in developing curriculum for the project “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA). In September 2012, ACRL was awarded in National Leadership Demonstration Grant of $249,330 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for this three- year project, undertaken in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).  The grant will support the design, implementation and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy. 

Three hundred colleges and universities of all types will be selected to participate in the AiA learning community (Year 1: 75 institutions; Year 2: 100 institutions; Year 3: 125 institutions). Each participating institution will identify a team consisting of a librarian and at least two additional team members as determined by the campus (e.g., faculty member, student affairs representative, institutional researchers, or academic administrator). The librarians will participate in a one-year professional development program that includes team-based activities carried out on their campuses. The institutional teams will participate in peer review and provide feedback about projects being developed by other participating teams. The projects will be documented and disseminated for use by the wider academic library and higher education communities. For more details about AiA see the project homepage.

We are seeking three curriculum designers/facilitators to participate throughout the length of the3-year project, virtually and in person, in designing and facilitating the yearlong experience for each of the cohorts. These three will work as part of a curriculum design team together with project leaders Debra Gilchrist, Vice President for Learning and Student Success, Pierce College, WA; Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Coordinator for Information Literacy and Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Kara Malenfant, Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives, Association of College and Research Libraries. Additionally, a peer-to-peer instructional design expert will advise the curriculum design/facilitation team in the early stages of the design process. Project analyst Karen Brown, Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University, IL, will work with the team to create a process for documenting replicable projects. Expert speakers, selected to augment the program, will present briefly at key junctures.

Scope of work
Serving as a member of the curriculum design/facilitation team is a continuous year-round commitment. During the initial curriculum design phase, we expect an intensive effort. Thereafter we anticipate approximately 2-5 hours per week. The work involves regular planning calls and in person design meetings, developing materials (i.e., exercises, handouts, and presentations), being active in the online community, aiding in the development of regular webcasts, and participating during the in person events for the librarian team leaders.

Under the terms of the grant, ACRL will reimburse curriculum designers/facilitators for a portion of their travel costs to extend the time we anticipate they would already be spending at the ALA Midwinter Meeting or Annual Conference. Additional travel funding may be available for non-librarian designer/facilitators.  ACRL will provide an honorarium that takes into account the full range of duties: curriculum design, virtual and year-long facilitation responsibilities. The specific terms and responsibilities of both parties will be articulated in an annually renewable contract with ACRL.

While the bulk of the design work will take place virtually (phone, email, etc.), members of the curriculum design/facilitation team must be available to attend the following design events in person:

  • Monday January 28, 2013: Seattle, WA. Evening meeting.
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2013: Seattle, WA. Full-day curriculum design meeting.
  • Date TBD, April 2015: Portland, OR. Full-day curriculum design meeting.
  • Additional brief curriculum design meetings may be scheduled in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conferences, which are listed below.

Most of the work involved in facilitating the work of participants in the AiA learning community will take place virtually (online asynchronous classroom, webcasts). However, members of the curriculum design/facilitation team must be available to attend in person events for librarian team leaders, which are held in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conferences. A full-day meeting will be scheduled during each of the following ranges:

  • June 27- July 2, 2013: Chicago, IL. Cohort 1, first meeting.
  • January 24-28, 2014: Philadelphia, PA. Cohort 1, second meeting.
  • June 26-July 1, 2014: Las Vegas, NV. Cohort 2, first meeting.
  • January 23-27, 2015: Chicago, IL. Cohort 2, second meeting.
  • June 25-30, 2015: San Francisco, CA. Cohort 3, first meeting.
  • Additionally, librarian team leaders will share their campus projects with the broader library community via poster sessions (cohort 1 during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and cohort 2 during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference).

Successful curriculum designers/facilitators must be conversant with issues and challenges of libraries in higher education, and applicants from outside the library profession are invited to apply. They must possess:

  • Willingness to participate throughout the 3-year project, virtually and in person, in designing and facilitating the year-long experience for each librarian cohort and institutional team members.
  • Experience serving as conveners and facilitators of educational activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and deliver events, activities, and modules that are experiential, support action learning, and foster reflection among learners.
  • An ability to foster connections and create learning environments where teams can exchange ideas and share experiences and information.
  • Rich knowledge of the dynamic nature of higher education assessment, including a keen awareness of the forces outside the sector driving for greater accountability.
  • A nuanced understanding of how individual units on campus can collaborate to best demonstrate and communicate their contributions to the overall goals and missions of their institutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work with diverse group members, and commitment to developing strong, collegial relationships with curriculum design team members and the participants in the AiA learning community.
  • Working knowledge of the issues and challenges of libraries in higher education.

Candidates should highlight additional qualifications in areas such as:

  • Experience designing and delivering curriculum for an audience that includes librarians as well as other campus stakeholders.
  • Experience facilitating learning over time and in multiple formats (i.e., beyond the one-off workshop).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of multiple assessment methods, both quantitative and qualitative, data collection strategies, and analytical techniques. A deep appreciation of the integral relationship between assessment questions, data acquisition, and analytical methodologies.
  • Experience analyzing existing administrative data which emanates from different campus units (i.e., libraries and office of institutional research).
  • Experience designing protocols and gathering new data through questionnaires, semi structured interviews, and focus groups.
  • Adept at communicating and presenting assessment project results.

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

  1. A letter addressing the following questions (two pages maximum).
    1. Why you want to become a member of the team for ACRL’s Assessment in Action program?
    2. What contributions could you make to this project that align with the qualifications?
    3. Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for two references who have direct knowledge of your qualifications for this role, including one with direct knowledge of your skills as a facilitator/teacher.

The single PDF application must submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on November 8, 2012, to ACRL Program Coordinator Casey Kinson at

ACRL has formed a small review team, which includes member leaders and staff, to consider applications. The process includes checking references and a telephone interview. The group will make selections and notify all applicants of their status by December 21, 2012.

If you have questions about this position, the Assessment in Action project, or ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, please contact Kara Malenfant, ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives, at or (312) 280-2510.