ACRL/IS Research & Scholarship Committee

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Committee Background

To promote and support research and scholarship opportunities for academic and research librarians by identifying instruction-related topics for study and research. The committee assesses the impact of the Section publication "Research Agenda for Library Instruction and Information Literacy" by tracking articles that cite the Research Agenda and identifying research that addresses key areas identified in the Research Agenda, which are added to the "Bibliography of Citations Related to the Research Agenda." The committee is responsible for revising and promoting the Research Agenda, researching new additions and updating the "List of Pedagogical Journals" and "A Bibliography of Research Methods Texts," and writing and promoting the "Five Articles You Should Read" series.

Annual Planning:
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Recent Conference Minutes:
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The Research Agenda for Library Instruction and Information Literacy
Outlines important questions for continuing research in the field of library instruction and information literacy. Originally published in 1980 and revised in 2002.

Bibliography of Citations Related to the Research Agenda for Library Instruction and Information Literacy
Created as a supplement to the "Research Agenda for Library Instruction and Information Literacy," the Bibliography lists publications that advance librarians' knowledge of issues related to learners, teaching, organizational context, and assessment. Originally compiled in 2003 by committee member Patrick Ragains; last revised in 2010.

A Selected List of Journals in Fields on Teaching & Learning
A list of pedagogical journals from non-library academic fields that focus on instructional strategies within these disciplines.

Bibliography of Research Methods Texts
Intended as a resource for librarians engaged in research, this selective bibliography reviews in-print research methods texts within LIS and the social sciences. Originally compiled in 2006; last updated in 2014.

Five Things You Should Read About...
The publication serves to instruct and educate readers about topics relevant to library instruction, which are either timely or underdiscussed.

ACRL Publications Feed
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Past Projects:

Midwinter 2008 Discussion Forum
The committee sponsored the 2008 Instruction Section Discussion Forum "Research Into Action: Leveraging Research Into IL Instruction." Panelists were Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Scott Walter, and Michelle Zafron.

Recommended Reading List

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Midwinter 2005 Discussion Forum
The committee co-sponsored the 2005 ALA Midwinter Discussion Forum entitled "Agents of Change: How Instruction Librarians Can Use the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to Promote Information Literacy on Campus." Guest speakers Thomas G. Kirk, Jr., Amy E. Mark, and Polly D. Boruff-Jones.


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