Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, Ilinois 60611
ACRL INITIATIVE FUND APPLICATION1. NAME OF ACRL UNIT SUBMITTING APPLICATION:
2. NAME OF PRINCIPAL CONTACT PERSON:
Randy Burke Hensley
Central Information Services
2550 The Mall
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI 96822
3. TITLE OF PROGRAM OR PROJECT:
Information Literacy and the Technological Transformation of Higher Education
A one day working session to include twelve invited participants, one facilitator, and one recorder; event to be held preceding the 1999 ALA Annual Conference; event begins on the thursday evening prior to the ALA Conference with an evening reception of participants, is held throughout the friday preceding the ALA Annual Conference and concludes with participants attending the Instruction Section Dinner.
4. BRIEF NARRATIVE OF PROJECT:
It has been sixteen years since the Instruction Section, formerly known as the Bibliographic Instruction Section, organized a gathering of instruction librarians to discuss the field of library instruction and to recommend direction for its future. That first Think Tank was held in 1981 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Our 1989 ACRL Initiative Award Grant enabled the Section to sponsor Think Tank II which took a critical look at the educational role of academic librarians. ACRL subsequently published the position papers generated by the Think Tank in The Evolving Educational Mission of the Library.
In 1999, it will have been ten years since the Section sponsored a focused deliberation on instruction issues. Technological change has profoundly altered the nature of academic institutions and their constituencies. We have also witnessed the validation of information literacy by many other constituencies in higher education and this development is having significant effect on the role and the perception of academic instruction librarians among these constituencies.
Think Tank III endeavors to bring together leaders in the field of educational technology with leaders in the field in information literacy in order to:
- examine current technological trends in higher education affecting academic libraries, their institutions, and the constituencies they serve or anticipate serving;
- identify the critical issues and concerns of information literacy as they relate to technological change;
- explore the role of the academic instruction librarian as it is being transformed by technology;
- identify effective responses and to consider pro-active approaches to rapid technological change in higher
- develop an agenda for information literacy that reflects the transformative impact of technology on the field and establishes goals for innovative development to meet that transformation;
- develop a website for a model course for instruction librarians to learn about the impact of technology on teaching and learning in higher education as it relates to information literacy and create an electronic publication of papers based on the Think Tank III discussions and the Think Tank recommendations regarding item "E" above.
The Task Force will develop selection criteria for the teams in consultation with the National Information Literacy Institute Advisory Board and the Instruction Section Executive Committee. Furthermore, the Section plans to work with the ACRL Publications Office to publish and disseminate the Think Tank III proceddings as an electronic publication through the Section website no later than two years after the event.
For the purposes of this project, leaders in the field of educational technology are defined as professionals with expertise, both theoretical and practical, in applying technologies, primarily computer and media, to educational endeavors at various levels, such as preparing teachers or trainers of human resources personnel or designing and developing educational programs for such personnel.
The Task Force will instigate a call for participation in the Think Tank event, and will work with the Coalition for Networked Information/ACRL Internet Education Project, and the ACRL Alliances for New Directions in Teaching and Learning Discussion Group to select paarticipants.
5. ACRL STRATEGIC DIRECTION(S) SUPPORTED:
This project supports the Mission and Vision statements of the ACRL Strategic Plan, 1996-2001. As regards Strategic Plan Goals, this project supports the following: Goal 1, Strategic Directions 1.1 and 1.5. While not directly involving other professional associations, this project, by involving a specific segment of the higher education profession will contribute to Goal 2, Strategic Direction 2.1. Through the publication of the results of this project, Goal 3, Strategic Direction 3.3 will be addressed.
6. HOW DOES YOUR PROJECT CONNECT WITH THE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY?
Think Tank participants will be comprised of six pairs of education technology(also known as learning technology) faculty and instruction librarians from a variety of academic institutions: public, private, large and small research universities, and community colleges. This partnering will foster greater synergy between the developing theoretical and practical considerations of educational technology and the development of information literacy programs by instruction librarians.
7. CAN THIS PROJECT SERVE AS A MODEL THAT CAN BE REPLICATED OR HAVE IMPACT AFTER.
In the sense that the first two Think Tanks served as models for Think Tank III it is anticipated that this project will provide useful approaches to bringing together targeted expertise in order to address emerging issues. The successful addressing of this project's objectives, articulated in this document, will serve as a model for subsequent discussions and actions on individual campuses throughout the country.
The intent is to create a model interactive course that will explore the ramifications of technology for higher education and information literacy as well as an electronic publication that articulates the discussions of the Think Tank with an agenda for information literacy that reflects the transformational impact of technology and establishes goals for innovative developments in instruction to meet that transformation. This electronic publication will experiment with interactive approaches to its content as well in order to serve as a model that elaborates itself over time.
8. IN WHAT WAYS DOES THIS PROJECT "BRING ABOUT CHANGE" OR HOW DOES IT CHALLENGE?
In the past, efforts have been made at fostering relationships between the information technology and computing services areas of higher education. The development of virtual universities, distance learning programs, the increased attention being given to the impact of computer technology on teaching and learning, and the emphasis on technology intensive course development, along with efforts to affect change in the k-12 environment, have increased the importance of the field of education technology. This project acknowledges these developments and provides a focused attempt to generate some coherent articulation of the mutual issues of educational technology and information literacy. By incorporating interactive approaches to the presentation of content, the project will generate new components and regular updating so as to reflect changes in knowledge and applications of that content.
This project will produce experimentation with distance learning approaches to continuing education for instruction librarians that may support the efforts of the ACRL funded National Information Literacy Institute. An electronic publication for the Think Tank will move the Section and ACRL into a new venue for dissemination of professional endeavors.
9. PROJECTED BUDGET:
- Lodging(one night's stay, double occupancy, for twelve participants, one facilitator, and one recorder)............................$2240.00
($160.00 a room as per ACRL Liaison estimate)
- Facilities( conference room suitable for combined working sessions with 14 people and one additional room for smaller breakout sessions; facility also needs to support one catered reception for 14 people, plus catered breakfast, lunch and two breaks)..........................................0.00
(facilities to be reserved as part of the Instruction Section request for ALA Conference facilities with this event treated like a Section Preconference as per the recommendation of the ACRL Liaison)
- Food(hors d'oevres reception on evening prior to the full day working session, continental breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break, and dinner at the Instruction Section Dinner................0.00
(funds to be sought from appropriate vendor to supply)
- Equipment/Supplies(two laptop computers with Internet connections at site, flipcharts, overhead rental, various presentation supplies....................0.00
(computers to be supplied by participants and other equipment requests to be made through ALA Conference facilities with this event treated like a Section Preconference as per the recommendation of the ACRL Liaison)
- Honorariums for educational technology participants who are not expected to be ALA affiliated(maximum of six individuals at $500.00 per individual)..... $2500.00
- Website development grant to an individual to mount the course, working papers, and agenda/ recommendations on the Web, using the Instruction Section's current website support................$1000.00
10. HOW WILL YOU DEFINE SUCCESS FOR THIS PROJECT?
An assessment instrument will be developed and made available with the project website to provide onging evaluation of the value of the results of the Think Tank III effort. In addition a pre-event articulation of the objectives for discussion at the event will be required of the participants. Finally, a self- assessment of the value of discussion at the event and the effectiveness of the event's format will be submitted by participants at the conclusion of the event.
11. SIGNATURE OF EITHER COMMITTEE CHAIR, IF SUBMITTED BY AN ACRL COMMITTEE OR OTHER.
Randy Burke Hensley, Chair, Instruction Section/ACRL
Proposal Approved for Funding by ACRL 5/98;
Think Tank III Task Force Appointed to implement the Proposal 6/98