Immersion Program Faculty

Anne Barnhart
Head of Instructional Services
University of West Georgia
Anne Barnhart is an Associate Professor and Head of Instructional Services at the University of West Georgia (UWG) coordinating information literacy instruction (including a credit-bearing IL course), reference services, and the liaison programs. In leading a department of eight faculty librarians, Anne’s day-to-day work emphasizes team-building, navigating campus politics, and mindful alignment with institutional priorities. At UWG she has implemented new programs such as the highly successful, monthly faculty and staff workshop series, Good Librations. Anne also teaches collection development through the LEEP program of the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include management styles, faculty development, and vulnerability as key to learning. She has attended the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians held at Harvard University and was a participant in the Teacher, Program, and Assessment Tracks of Immersion before applying to join the Immersion Faculty. Prior to her current position Anne was the Librarian for Latin American & Iberian Studies, Chicano Studies and Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 2002-2009 and she remains active in the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM). Anne has a MS in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Indiana University, an MA in Religious Studies from Indiana University and a BA in Spanish and Religious Studies from Indiana University.

Daisy Benson
Library Instruction Coordinator
University of Vermont

Daisy Benson is Library Instruction Coordinator at the University of Vermont where she has worked since 1999. Daisy is currently working with colleagues from across the UVM campus including the libraries, the Writing in the Disciplines Program, and other disciplinary faculty to implement a new coordinated approach to the integration of writing and information literacy in the undergraduate curriculum from the foundational level through capstone experiences. One of her roles in this initiative has been developing and facilitating faculty and professional development opportunities. Her research interests are the first-year experience and information literacy, professional development for librarians, and student centered teaching and library services.  Daisy attended the University of Texas and received an MA in American Civilization and an MLIS there while working for the UT Libraries in a variety of capacities.

Char Booth
Associate Dean of the University Library
California State University San Marcos

Char Booth explores the integration of education, research, technology, and design in library services, and focuses on the Immersion curricular areas of information literacy, pedagogy/praxis, instructional technology, assessment, and learning theory. She is the Associate Dean of the University Library at Cal State San Marcos. From 2011-2015 Char was Director of Research, Teaching, & Learning Services at at the Claremont Colleges, and from 2008 and 2011 was E-Learning Librarian at UC Berkeley. A 2007 ALA Emerging Leader and 2008 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, her publications include the 2013 Eileen Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year-winning Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators (ALA Editions, 2011), and Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies (ACRL Publications, 2009). Char presents and consults on assessment, teaching effectiveness, critical pedagogy, and instructional design, including the USER Method (Understand, Structure, Engage, Reflect), an instructional design approach she developed for library educators in Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning. Char completed a Master's of Educational Technology at Ohio University in 2008, a MSIS at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Information in 2005, and a B.A. in History at Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2001. Char is a 2007 alumna of the Immersion Teacher Track.

Melissa Bowles-Terry
Head of Educational Initiatives

Melissa Bowles-Terry is the Head of Educational Initiatives at the UNLV Libraries, where she provides leadership for the libraries' educational role on campus, including faculty development initiatives, library support for online learning, and assessment of student learning. She leads an instruction program that reaches over 12,000 students every year and she also works closely with instructional development initiatives across campus, providing workshops on research-based best practices for teaching to faculty in various disciplines. Melissa was Instruction and Assessment Coordinator at University of Wyoming Libraries from 2009-2014 and earned a Master's degree in Library and Information Science at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2009. Prior to her career in librarianship, she taught writing at Utah State University and earned a BA (2004) and MA (2007) in English literature. Melissa has published in major library journals and presented at conferences on the topics of assessment of student learning and information literacy instruction. She is co-author of the forthcoming book Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians, to be published by ACRL in 2015. Melissa is a 2010 alumna of the Immersion Program Track.

Craig Gibson
The Ohio State University

Craig Gibson is Professor at The Ohio State University Libraries, and has also been Associate Director for Research and Education there, with responsibilities for teaching, research, outreach and engagement, and subject liaison programs and services in The Ohio State Libraries, and serves as liaison to the five regional OSU campus libraries. From 1996 through 2011, he was Associate University Librarian for Research, Instructional and Outreach Services in the Libraries at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where he was responsible for the following public services across four campus libraries: the Libraries’ Liaison Program, marketing and outreach, reference and instruction, government documents, maps, and GIS, interlibrary loan and document delivery, and access services. At George Mason, he collaborated with the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence on pedagogical workshops for faculty and on continuing education for Librarians, and with the Office of Institutional Assessment to benchmark assessments of technology skills, and contributed to the University’s QEP (Quality Enhancment Plan) initiative focused on transforming undergraduate education—an initiative entitled “Fostering a Culture of Student Scholarship.” Other positions held include those at Washington State University (1988-1996), Lewis-Clark State College (1986-88), and the University of Texas at Arlington (1985-86). He has taught as adjunct faculty in the library science program at The Catholic University of America, and has given numerous presentations and workshops on critical thinking and research skills, staff development, and the changing role of the liaison librarian; written articles on critical thinking, assessment, distance learning; and consulted on information literacy program development and assessment of information literacy. His professional activities include memberships in various ACRL Instruction Section committees, and serving as Member-at-Large for the Section, 1995-98. In 1999, he was selected as a member of the Instruction Section's "Think Tank", for which he co-authored a working paper on assessment of information literacy skills. In 2000, he worked with the ACRL Task Force on Information Literacy Competencies to write the final draft of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, and in 2005 served as reviewer of discipline-specific applications of those Standards for two professional library associations. From 1997-2006, he was an ACRL representative on, and recorder for, the National Forum on Information Literacy. He was a member of the ACRL Baltimore Conference Planning Committee in 2006-07, and since 2008, has been the Chair of the ACRL Publications in Librarianship Editorial Board. He also edited the ACRL monograph, Student Engagement and Information Literacy (2006).

Debra Gilchrist, PhD
Vice President, Learning and Student Success
Pierce College

Debra Gilchrist, PhD is Vice President for Learning and Student Success at Pierce College, a community college in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. In addition to academic and student affairs, she leads efforts focused on regional accreditation and achievement of institutional outcomes. She has published and presented for over a decade on outcomes assessment as a tool for change, demonstrating the contributions of academic libraries through assessment of both learning and program impact and quality. Serving as a collaborator with Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, they designed and led ACRL’s workshops and webinars on utilizing the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education for planning and demonstrating library contributions to student learning and success. Debra is currently co-facilitating the ACRL Assessment in Action program, a 15 month program for academic librarians to increase their capacity for demonstrating value within the context of institutional goals. She has served ACRL as an inaugural faculty member in the Immersion program since 1999 and was honored with the Miriam Dudley Award in 2007. Debra has a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Oregon State University, an MLS from University of Denver, and a MS in Geography from South Dakota State University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the leadership role of academic librarians to influence instructional change

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction
Professor of Library Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor, University Library and Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as an adjunct faculty member in the university’s library school. As Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, Lisa oversees information literacy programs emanating from over 20 campus libraries serving more than 25,000 learners/year. A past-president of the Association of College and Research Libraries, ACRL launched the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative during her presidency. She has presented and published widely on information literacy, teaching and learning, the value of academic libraries and library assessment, evaluation, and innovation.  With Debra Gilchrist, Lisa was also the lead designer for ACRL’s training program for the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education and the IMLS-funded Assessment in Action project. One of her most recent publications is the co-edited book Environments for Students Growth and Development: Libraries and Student Affairs in Collaboration (ACRL, 2012). Lisa received her Master of Education and Master of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Lisa has been a member of the Immersion Faculty since 2003 and has taught Classic (Teacher and Program Track), Intentional Teaching, and Assessment Immersion as well as custom programs for institutions/regional areas.

Wendy Holliday
Head, Academic Programs and Course Support
Northern Arizona University

Wendy Holliday is Head, Academic Programs and Course Support at Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. She leads a team of librarians in designing, delivering and assessing the library’s portfolio of support for student learning and success and faculty research excellence. She served as Coordinator of Library Instruction at Utah State University between 2004 and 2013. Her research and practice focuses on student experiences of information literacy and learning, collaboration with faculty, and higher education curricular reform. Prior to becoming a librarian, she was the Hopi Tribal Archivist and a historian. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching both history and information literacy at the college level. She holds an MLS from the University of Illinois and a PhD in history from New York University.

Michelle Millet
Director, Grasselli Library
John Carroll University

Michelle Millet is the Director of the Grasselli Library at John Carroll University. She's previously worked at UTSA, Trinity University, and The University of Montana-Missoula. As the Information Literacy Coordinator at Trinity University, she implemented an expansive information literacy across the curriculum program as part of the SACS reaccreditation that served as a model to other institutions. Her research interests include assessment of student learning and retention of information literacy concepts. She's worked extensively with faculty and librarians to build information literacy programs at different types of colleges and universities.  Michelle has an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, and an MA and a BA in History from Florida Atlantic University.

Karen Nicholson
Manager, Information Literacy
University of Guelph

Karen Nicholson is Manager, Information Literacy, at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She has worked as an information literacy librarian at a number of Canadian libraries, including McMaster, McGill and Concordia, and as an embedded Teaching and Learning Librarian in the McMaster Institute for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching & Learning. Karen has taught courses on information literacy to undergraduates and library school students, and has expertise in the areas of quality assurance and staff development. Karen is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University.

Megan Oakleaf
Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies
Syracuse University

Megan Oakleaf is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.  She is the professor of record for a core course entitled “Planning, Marketing, and Assessing Library Services” and also teaches “Information Resources: Users and Services.”  Megan arrived at iSchool at Syracuse after completing her dissertation entitled, “Assessing Information Literacy Skills: A Rubric Approach,” at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  While at UNC, Megan designed and taught 11 semesters of a for-credit information literacy course called “Retrieving and Analyzing Information."  Previously, Megan was the Librarian for Instruction and Undergraduate Research at North Carolina State University.  In this role, she designed, implemented, coordinated, and assessed the library instruction program.  She trained fellow librarians in instructional theory and methods; spearheaded development of the LOBO tutorial, a modular information literacy tutorial for first-year students and winner of the ALA/Information Today “Library of the Future” Award; served on the Committee on Undergraduate Education; and provided library instruction to the First Year Writing Program, First Year College, Honors Program, and Department of Communication.  Megan has presented on topics including information literacy, outcomes based assessment, evidence based decision making, user education, information services, and digital librarianship at numerous conferences, including ACRL National Conferences, the Library Assessment Conference, the IUPUI Assessment Institute, the NCSU Undergraduate Assessment Symposium, the Texas A&M Assessment Conference, and EDUCAUSE.  Recently, Megan won “Best Paper” at the International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference.  Megan earned her MLS from Kent State University and also holds a BA in English and Spanish and a BS in English Education and Spanish Education from Miami University.  Prior to a career in librarianship, Megan taught language arts and advanced composition in public secondary schools, grades 8-12.

Tiffini A. Travis
Advisor for Information Literacy and Library Instructional Assessment
California State University, Long Beach

Tiffini Travis is the Advisor for Information literacy and library instructional assessment at CSU Long Beach. In this role she is responsible for facilitating campus-wide information literacy initiatives and developing strategies for assessing the impact of library instruction on student success. In her time with the CSU system she has been awarded four Information Competence Grants. She coauthored one of the first research studies on library website usability in the 2002 issue of College & Research Libraries. She co-edited a book entitled Business Plans for E-Learning: National and International Case Studies (Scarecrow Press) in 2008. Her article "Librarians as Agents of Change: Working  with Curriculum Committees using Change Agency Theory” was selected as one of the TOP 20 Instructional Articles of 2008 by Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT). Her varied research interests include information literacy in the workplace, using social media for library outreach, and mobile library site usability. She has recently expanded her subject expertise in the area of popular culture, co-authoring a book called Skinheads: A Guide to an American Subculture (Greenwood 2012).  Ms. Travis has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from University of California, Los Angeles.

Beth S. Woodard
Central Information Services Librarian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Beth Woodard has served as a reference librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1983. Since 2002, she has also served as the library-wide Coordinator for Staff Development and Training, providing a wide variety of instructional opportunities for undergraduate student workers, graduate assistants, staff members, academic professionals and library faculty.  These range from preparing an online introduction to the libraries for use by over 400 undergraduate student workers using course-management software, to providing a week-long face-to-face orientation to the library’s 80 graduate assistants, and from providing an intensive institute for training supervisors to providing more customized orientation for new library faculty on research expectations at the institution. Previously she was a reference librarian at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. From 1993 to 1995, Beth team-taught a course in library use instruction in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. In 1999, she joined the faculty for the Immersion program.  From 2007-2008, she taught the ACRL online course on Teaching Portfolios with Joan Ruelle and Judith Arnold.  She has served as a consultant for improving instruction programs and teaching skills for librarians at several universities in the Midwest, ranging from one-day sessions to five days, and has been asked to present sessions internationally as well. She has served on numerous ALA committees within RUSA (including editor of the RUSA Update and director-at-large) and the ACRL Instruction Section (including secretary and chair), contributing to the Model Statement of Objectives (1984-1987), the Guidelines for Bibliographic Instruction (1994-96), and its review (2008-2009),  and the Assessment of Information Environment (2004-2006).  She received the  RUSA Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award in 1998 and the ACRL Instruction Section Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award in 2010. She co-edited the Information Literacy column in RUSQ with Lori Arp from 2002-2009, and has served on the editorial boards of Research Strategies (2001-2006), Communications in Information Literacy (2007-2009) and Practical Academic Librarianship (2010). She has published both on reference and instruction topics.  Beth holds a B.A. in English from Illinois Wesleyan University, and an M.S. in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Anne E. Zald
Head, Government, Geospatial, Business Information, and Data Services
Northwestern University Libraries

Anne E. Zald is the Head, Government, Geospatial, Business Information, and Data Services for the Northwestern University Libraries.  Previously Anne was Head of Educational Initiatives at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she participated in delivering faculty development institutes to address course and assignment design to support revisions to the general education curriculum. At the University of Washington Libraries she held several positions including Documents Reference Librarian, UWired Librarian, Geography Librarian and Head of the Map Collection & Cartographic Information Services.   While at the UW Anne served as a lecturer for the Information School, teaching courses for information problem solving courses for undergraduates and "Sources of Information in the Social Sciences" for the MLIS program.  Anne earned a B.A. in History from Oberlin College and an A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan and worked as Reference/Documents Librarian at both Wayne State University and Oberlin College. Anne joined the Institute faculty in June 1999.