Immersion Program


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The ACRL Immersion Program is all new for 2018!  Immersion '18 will take place at the University of St.Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, July 29-August 3, 2018.

About Immersion '18

The ACRL Information Literacy Program is an intensive, five day program designed for those who contribute to the educational role of libraries in higher education. The curriculum is built upon four cornerstones: critical reflective practice, design thinking, leadership, and information literacy. Participants will engage with common readings, provocative questions, theoretical foundations, and practical tools, both before and during the program, that will enable them to think critically about and apply new insights to their instructional practice, broadly defined.

The curriculum will include a range of activities, from keynotes that lay a foundation to group work with opportunities for discussion, hands-on activities, peer-to-peer feedback, and a capstone experience. The central focus of the program is critical reflective practice that enables each participant to develop solutions and strategies that best meet their individual and institutional needs. The program, therefore, does not offer set templates or imposed solutions.The program is designed for participants with any level of experience in libraries. We invite anyone who would like to reflect upon, extend, and deepen their practice as an educator in libraries, regardless of particular job function or title, to join an engaged group of colleagues and faculty facilitators for this week of intensive learning and engagement.

Program Outcomes

Engage in critical reflective practice to explore information literacy, design, leadership, and the educational role of librarians in higher education.

Foundation: Critically Reflective Practice

  1. Engage in critical reflective practice in order to explore information literacy, teaching practices, leadership, and the educational role of librarians in higher education.
  2. Examine issues of power, privilege, and empowerment in teaching, learning, and higher education through the lenses of critical theories and pedagogies in order to develop a personal commitment to inclusive and accessible instructional practice.

Foundation: Design

  1. Evaluate and apply instructional design models and pedagogical theories in order to design and assess learning experiences and programs that are effective, meaningful, learner-centered, and aligned with learning goals.
  2. Critically evaluate and select assessment methods and models in order to reflect on and improve teaching and learning.
  3. Identify and leverage systemic factors that constrain and enable decisions and actions in order to strategically design and implement information literacy program and services.

Foundation: Leadership

  1. Develop dispositions of inquiry and empathy and seek out a range of information and data in order to tell stories, understand context, make decisions, and pursue opportunities as part of a persuasive leadership repertoire.
  2. Develop strategies in order to identify, articulate, and achieve goals for individual projects, professional development, workload management, and career progression.
  3. Engage critically with theories of leadership in order to address issues of power and privilege in librarianship, challenge normative views, and foster an inclusive workplace and community.

Foundation: Information Literacy

  1. Develop and apply a personal and, when applicable, shared understanding of information literacy through critical reflection on various conceptions of information literacy.


Arrival Day (Sunday) Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  Critically Reflective Practice Information Literacy in the Context of Higher Education Leadership in the Context of Higher Education Applying Our Learning Capstone Experience
  Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
Cohort Meeings
Discussion Groups
Cohort Meeings
Individual time for reflection
Working Session Closing Plenary
Sharing of design projects/artifacts
Particiant and facilitator reflections
  Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Program concludes by noon
Program and dorm check-in
Cohort Meeings
Cohort Meetings
Discussion Groups

Cohort Meetings
Discussion Groups
Working Session

Individual reflection and work time
Welcome Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  


The program depends on active participation by all attendees. Previous attendees will tell you that engaged participation and interactions with colleagues are central to making Immersion an enriching and fulfilling experience. You will benefit most if you fully commit your time, including scheduled meals, during the duration of the program. In order to receive a certificate of completion, you must participate fully in the program activities, including pre-assignments. 

Immersion will kick-off with a welcome dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2018.  Program registration and dorm check-in will be held Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  The program will conclude by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018. The full program schedule will be available later this spring. 


Registration fee
ACRL member: $1,695
Non ACRL member: $1,795

Registration deadline
May 4, 2018

Registration capacity
Registration is capped at 120 participants. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces are filling up quickly!

How to Register and Book Housing

Visit the registration page to submit your registration and book dorm housing on the University of St. Thomas campus.


A limited number of scholarships are available for Immersion '18. View the Immersion '18 scholarships page for complete details. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is March 2, 2018.

Immersion Program Faculty

During Immersion, nationally-recognized faculty lead participants through intensive information literacy training and education.

For More Information

View the Immersion '18 FAQ for more details about the Immersion'18 program and University of St. Thomas campus. Questions about the Immersion Program should be directed to Margot Conahan (