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

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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 across the country 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.

Introduction

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

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
7:45-8:15am Arrival & Registration
8:15-8:30am Welcome & Workshop Overview
8:30-9:30am Segment 1: Setting the Stage: Exploring Possibilities & Challenges
9:30-9:45am Break
9:45-10:45am Segment 2: Foundational Knowledge: Pedagogical Theories and Approaches
10:45-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:00pm Segment 3: Considering Institutional & Instructional Contexts
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-3:45pm Segment 4: Instructional Design with the Frames in Mind
3:45-4:00pm Break
4:00-4:45pm Segment 5: Building Collaborations
4:45-5:00pm Final Reflectons and Closing Remarks

Presenters

Andrea Baer

Andrea Baer is an Instructional Services Librarian at the University of West Georgia, where she teaches a credit-bearing information literacy course and liaises to the English and First Year Writing programs. Andrea's research interests include the intersections between information literacy and writing, critical pedagogy, and reflective practice. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Washington and a Masters in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. Along with Brittney Johnson and Lindsay Matts-Benson, Andrea co-designed this workshop curriculum.

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

Brittney Johnson

Brittney Johnson is Head of Library Instruction at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she develops programmatic curriculum in information literacy and leads the library instruction team in implementing the curriculum. Brittney also collaborates 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, and she teaches the senior-level Capstone course, both online and face-to-face. She 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.

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.

Host Responsibilities

  • Reservation of meeting space and audio-visual equipment, and printing of workshop handouts and materials, per the requirements provided by ACRL.
  • On-site instructional technology and AV support as needed.
  • Reservation of lodging and ensure presenters are given clear understanding of satisfactory ground transportation options.
  • Communicate regularly with presenters regarding program and logistics.
  • Catering for workshop participants and presenters, including refreshment breaks and/or meal services (e.g., breakfast, lunch) as appropriate.
  • Volunteer staff as needed (e.g., general oversight, check-in assistants).
  • Management of registration process, if any.
  • Compilation of attendee roster with complete contact information and registration list.
  • Participant and presenter name badges.

ACRL Responsibilities

  • One full-day workshop at the Host’s site.
  • Expert presenters to teach the workshop. ACRL will cover the expenses for presenter honorarium; presenter travel expenses will be invoiced to the hosts. 
  • Delivery of workshop handouts prior to workshop date.
  • Evaluation design and compilation for overall workshop. ACRL will provide a final evaluation summary report.

How to bring the workshop to your campus or region

Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org or 800/545-2433 ext. 2521 to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and complete workshop details. Hosts may choose to recover their costs through registration fees.