Immersion Program

Why You Should Attend

Immersion Program attendees discuss information literacy issues.The ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program provides instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensively for several days on all aspects of information literacy. Whether your institution is just beginning to think about implementing an information literacy component or whether you have a program well under way, the Immersion Program will provide you with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to build or enhance your institution’s instruction program. 

Immersion allows you to embrace your educational role by embarking on a path of teacher development and pedagogical inquiry in a community of practice for academic librarians devoted to collaborative learning, individual renewal, and instructional effectiveness.

"This blew my mind. I fully intend to change how I teach and influence the information literacy program on my campus." ~  Immersion Program Participant

Immersion Program Schedule

The Immersion Program tracks are not sequential; individuals can apply for and attend whichever track(s) are best for them.

Track Dates Location Application Deadline Application Materials
Program Track July 23-28, 2017 Burlington, VT TBD - December 2016 Application materials available October 2016.
 
Teacher Track July 23-28, 2017 Burlington, VT TBD - December 2016 Application materials available October 2016.
 
Teaching with Technology Track March 2017 Baltimore, MD June 30, 2016 The next offering of the Teaching with Technology Track will be held in conjunction with ACRL 2017 in Baltimore.

Immersion Program Curriculum

The ACRL Immersion Faculty is currently engaging in a curriculum revision process. Last Spring, the ACRL Immersion Program faculty conducted surveys to solicit feedback and ideas from the academic library community, including from Immersion Program alumni. We heard the community and incorporated common themes and ideas for improvement into the 2016 program. These included:

  • Streamlined and updated content, including new material on instructional design and communities of practice.
  • More responsive, participant-generated content and informal discussions.
  • More cohort discussion and reflection time during the day.
  • Re-alignment of cross-track (Teacher and Program Tracks) content.

We will continue to build on these ideas for the program in 2017 and continue to work with academic librarians to solicit ideas and feedback to ensure that the Immersion Program remains responsive to the current professional development needs of our community.

Teacher Track

This track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in refreshing, enhancing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy.  This track will be offered at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, July 23-28, 2017.  Application materials will be available October 2016.

"This whole week shook me out of my old 'business-as-usual' comfort zone with instruction. I’m excited to transfer my new-found skills when I get home and share what I learned. Plus I have a whole cohort from which to seek advice and support." ~ Teacher Track Participant

Program Track

This track focuses on developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs.  Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability, and the integration of teaching, learning, and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in case studies developed prior to the program.  This track will be offered at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, July 23-28, 2017.  Application materials will be available October 2016.

"I want to send my entire department! Immersion gave me the space to think outside the day-to-day work environment." ~ Program Track Participant

Teaching with Technology Track

This track will provide a practical and design-minded framework for evaluating instructional technologies in order to integrate them more effectively into face to face and/or online teaching.  The Teaching with Technology track was held in conjunction with  the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, June 28, 2013, followed by four weeks of learning in an online environment.  The next offering will be held in conjunction with ACRL 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland, March 24, 2017.

Immersion Program Faculty

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

Questions about the Immersion Program should be directed to Margot Conahan (mconahan@ala.org).