Immersion Management Track: Practical Management for the Instruction Coordinator

Program Description

Instruction coordinators are often well-grounded in theory and instruction practice and have some of the tools they need to begin building campus-wide programs.  Frequently, however, coordinators or those in similar roles do not supervise the majority of librarians who participate in a library’s instructional program, presenting challenges to the development of innovative and effective programs.  This interactive one-day program will address how to lead from within – developing the powers of persuasion to influence in multiple directions.  Other topics include creating the right environment for a successful instruction program, understanding a broader campus environment, providing constructive feedback, and coaching for success.

"The Immersion Program gave me plenty of practical ideas to take home. Being in a room of people all facing the same challenges that I'm facing, and all acknowledging that they ARE challenges is invaluable." ~ 2013 Practical Management Track Participant

Learning Outcomes
After participating in the Immersion '15 Practical Management track, you will be able to:

  • Open a discussion with appropriate leadership about your role and responsibilities
  • Provide influence in multiple directions in order to achieve programmatic goals
  • Develop a succinct proposal for administrative consideration
  • Understand the critical elements for creating a desired environment
  • Understand the potential of information literacy programs in a larger campus context

Who Should Attend?
The Immersion '15 Practical Management track is for you if:

  • You are an instruction coordinator who needs to jump start an information literacy program
  • You are a new manager looking for strategies to lead change at your institution
  • You plan on assuming a managing position at some point in your library career

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

Program Details

Dates and location
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Portland, Oregon

Registration fee
ACRL member: $395
Non ACRL member: $495

Registration includes

  • tuition
  • refreshment breaks
  • extensive packet of handouts
  • private discussion list for all participants and faculty

The Immersion '15 Practical Management track will be held in conjunction with (but is not part of) the ACRL 2015 Conference. Participants who are not planning to attend ACRL 2015 may use the Immersion housing reservation form to book a hotel at the discounted rate.  Details about hotels including locations can be found at online.

Anne Barnhart, Associate Professor and Head of Instructional Services, University of Georgia; and Michelle Millet, Director of the Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center, John Carroll University

How to Register

Registration fee:
ACRL member: $395
Non ACRL member: $495
Registration deadline: February 20, 2015

Please note that a competitive application process is not required for the Practical Management track.  Submit your registration materials using the links below.  The Immersion '15 Practical Management track will be held in conjunction with (but is not part of) the ACRL 2015 Conference.

Register by online

  • Scroll down to the March 2015 header.  Click on the "Register" link next to the Practical Management program name. 
  • Please note that you will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Register by mail or fax

Written requests for cancellation will be honored until February 6, 2015, with a $50 cancellation fee.  After February 6, 2015, there will be no refunds.

Questions may be directed to Margot Conahan,, 312-280-2522.