Engaging with the ACRL Framework

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Bring the one-day workshop, Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices, to your campus, chapter, or consortia. The workshop is led by two expert presenters at locations upon request. Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org or 800/545-2433 ext. 2521 to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details.


The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - with its emphasis on self-reflective and lifelong learning and on conceptual understandings about information, research, and scholarship and encouraging - has prompted many librarians to consider their teaching practices from fresh angles, as they explore their evolving instructional roles within and beyond the library classroom. The Framework’s vision of information literacy education as a shared responsibility of all educators suggests both opportunities and challenges for teaching librarians, as we expand pedagogical approaches and partnerships. This workshop supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it may help to enrich their individual teaching practices, as well as their local instruction programs and institutions.

Program Description

Cover of Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education booklet

Throughout this workshop participants will explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and their significance to their own instructional work. Attendees will apply their learning and reflection to creating instruction plans for their local contexts and considering possibilities for growing teaching partnerships. More specifically, participants will:

  • Recognize the overarching goals and the major components of the Framework and what theories influenced the document's creation.
  • Reflect on their personal perspectives on and experiences with the Framework and how these influence their engagement with the document.
  • Examine their unique institutional and instructional contexts and the possibilities and constraints these contexts present for their pedagogical work,
  • Apply principles of instructional design to develop instruction that is centered on the Frames and that fosters learning transfer and metacognition.
  • Explore the unique knowledge and experiences that librarians bring to teaching and learning and their implications for expanding librarians' instructional roles and partnerships.
  • Explore how the Framework can be used to foster dialogue and collaboration among educators.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is relevant to any librarian who supports teaching and learning, whether through direct instruction or through instructional programming or initiatives. While the workshop is most relevant to academic librarians, librarians working in other types of libraries and educators who are employed outside of a library will also benefit from engaging with the theoretical concepts and practical applications explored among participants.

Sample Schedule

Time Activity
30 minutes Arrival & Registration
15 minutes Welcome & Workshop Overview
1 hour Segment 1: Setting the Stage: Exploring Possibilities & Challenges
15 minutes Break
1 hour Segment 2: Foundational Knowledge: Pedagogical Theories and Approaches
15 minutes Break
1 hour Segment 3: Considering Institutional & Instructional Contexts
1 hour Lunch
2 hours, 45 minutes Segment 4: Instructional Design with the Frames in Mind
15 minutes Break
45 minutes Segment 5: Building Collaborations
15 minutes Final Reflectons and Closing Remarks


Jenny Dale

Jenny Dale is the Information Literacy Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's University Libraries, where she oversees the First-Year Instruction Program, coordinates information literacy assessment, and provides professional development training for librarian and teaching faculty colleagues. Jenny also collaborates with students and faculty in the departments of Communication Studies, English, Media Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies in her role as a liaison librarian. She holds a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Learn more about Jenny in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Kate L. Ganski

Kate L. Ganski is Interim Assistant Director of Libraries for User Services at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, where she is responsible for casting the vision and developing goals and metrics for library services contributing to the campus goals of graduating successful students, producing excellent research, and engaging the community. She also coordinates the information literacy instruction program, which includes training and professional development for librarians and interns. Kate holds a Master’s in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University.

Learn more about Kate in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Samantha Godbey

Samantha Godbey is Education Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is liaison to the College of Education and Department of Psychology. In this role, she has worked directly with faculty to integrate research-based assignments and information literacy concepts into their courses. Samantha’s research focuses on the Framework as well as information literacy instruction and assessment, and she is co-editor of Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts (ACRL, 2017). She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California at Berkeley.

Learn more about Samantha in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Brittney Johnson

Brittney Johnson is the Digital Literacy Program Coordinator at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where she develops curriculum for and coordinates the Digital Foundations Certificate Program. In her most recent work at St. Edward’s University, Brittney developed programmatic curriculum for information literacy and collaborated with the First-Year Writing program to develop integrated models of teaching research and writing that center around shared threshold concepts of information literacy and writing studies. She also teaches the senior-level Capstone course at St. Edward’s University, both online and face-to-face. Brittney holds a Master of Science in Cognitive Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master in the Art of Teaching in Education from the University of Alaska - Southeast. Along with Andrea Baer and Lindsay Matts-Benson, Brittney co-designed this workshop curriculum.

Learn more about Brittney in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Lindsay Matts-Benson

Lindsay Matts-Benson is the Instructional Designer for the University of Minnesota Libraries in Minneapolis where she collaborates and consults with librarians and library staff on building accessible, thoughtful and creative instructional material, such as online tutorials, websites, videos and in-person presentations. Lindsay has designed online learning modules and developed semester-long courses ranging from insurance law and trial advocacy skills to library research skills and job searching using library databases. Lindsay holds a Master of Arts in Learning Technology with a certificate in e-learning from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master's in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Along with Andrea Baer and Brittney Johnson, Lindsay co-designed this workshop curriculum.

Learn more about Lindsay in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Kim Pittman

Kim Pittman is the Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she coordinates the library’s instruction program, leads assessment efforts, and teaches a first-year seminar course. She is a founding member of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium Steering Committee and co-founder of the Minnesota Library Association Instruction Roundtable (IRT). With IRT co-chairs Amy Mars and Trent Brager, Kim helped develop the 23 Framework Things online program. She participated in ACRL’s Assessment in Action program in 2015-16, leading a Framework-inspired project investigating student persistence in the research process. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Learn more about Kim in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.


Don't take our word for it. See what participants are saying!

"I have a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges I'll face when applying the frames to my instruction, our curriculum mapping project, and my ability to speak to my colleagues about the frames." ~ 2018 Workshop Participant

"This made the Framework real and applicable for me. Finally. Thank you!" ~ 2018 Workshop Participant

"The workshop encouraged me to think about my teaching and also to expand the ways I think about my teaching beyond simply as bibliographic instruction. I was encouraged to view my teaching within a larger context." ~ 2018 Workshop Participant.

"This was the best workshop I've attended in years. I went from being one of the 'reluctant' adopters of the Framework, to put it kindly, to absolutely loving it. This workshop completely turned me around and helped me understand the great value of the Framework." ~ 2018 Workshop Participant

This has been one of the most insightful workshops that I have taken. Thank you!! ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

“The presenters were great. They were knowledgeable and easy to listen to and understand.” ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

“I liked the organization of the workshop and found it very engaging.” ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

“The content was rich, and it helped me better understand and appreciate the Framework.” ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

“I was delighted to be surrounded by friendly-intelligent-and knowledgable fellow librarians.” ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

Bring this workshop to your campus!

Ready to host this workshop at your institution? Here's what you need to know about hosting an ACRL RoadShow. To discuss dates, location, and pricing for a specific RoadShow, please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org or (312) 280-2521.