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).

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.

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.