Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices

Engaging with the ACRL Framework workshop logo

Bring this one-day workshop to your campus, chapter, or consortium! To schedule a workshop, contact Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org or (312) 280-2521.

Cover of Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education bookletProgram Description

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.

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.

Number of presenters: Two presenters for up to 100 participants

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.

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Learning Outcomes

Workshop participants will be able to...

  • 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.

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Sample Schedule

Total Time: 8 hours, 45 minutes

  • 15 Minutes: Welcome and Workshop Overview
  • 60 Minutes: Segment 1: Setting the Stage: Exploring Possibilities & Challenges
  • 15 Minutes: Break
  • 60 Minutes: Segment 2: Foundational Knowledge: Pedagogical Theories and Approaches
  • 15 Minutes: Break
  • 60 Minutes: Segment 3: Considering Institutional & Instructional Contexts
  • 60 Minutes: 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 Reflections and Closing Remarks


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Jenny Dale
Jenny Dale
Kate L. Ganski
Kate L. Ganski
Samantha Godbey
Samantha Godbey
Brittney Johnson
Brittney Johnson
Lindsay Matts-Benson
Lindsay Matts-Benson
Kim Pittman
Kim Pittman


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."

"This made the Framework real and applicable for me. Finally. Thank you!"

"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."

"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."

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

“The presenters were great. They were knowledgeable and easy to listen to and understand.”

“I liked the organization of the workshop and found it very engaging.”

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

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

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 schedule a workshop, please contact Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org or (312) 280-2521.