Immersion Program

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Why You Should Attend

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

ACRL offers six unique tracks of the Immersion Program.  The Immersion Program tracks are not sequential; individuals can apply for and attend whichever track(s) are best for them. 

Immersion Program Schedule

Track Program Date(s) Program Location Application Deadline How to Apply
Assessment Track November 19-22, 2014 Nashville, TN May 23, 2014 Application materials available now
Intentional Teaching Track November 19-22, 2014 Nashville, TN May 23, 2014 Application materials available now
Teacher Track July 20-25, 2014 Burlington, VT December 6, 2013 Application deadline has passed
Program Track July 20-25, 2014 Burlington, VT December 6, 2013 Application deadline has passed
Teaching with Technology Track March 25, 2015 Portland, OR TBD Details available summer 2014
Practical Management Track TBD TBD TBD TBD

 

Immersion Program Curriculum

Assessment: Demonstrating the Educational Value of the Library Track

This track is intended for experienced academic librarians (5+ years teaching experience) who are active in teaching and learning or those in leadership roles for information literacy program development who want to improve their knowledge and practice of both classroom and program assessment. This program will approach assessment from a learning-centered perspective; participants will emerge with a broader understanding of assessment and how to use it as an important tool to guide evidence-based classroom, curriculum and program development.  This track will be offered in Nashville, TN, November 19-22, 2014.  The application deadline is May 23, 2014.

"This is now in the ten (maybe top 5!) experiences I have had as a librarian. I am planning to advocate for Immersion attendance for my colleagues." ~ Assessment Track Participant

Intentional Teaching: Reflective Teaching to Improve Student Learning Track

This track is aimed at the experienced academic librarian (5+ years teaching experience, in a library or other setting) who wants to become more self-aware and self-directed as a teacher. This program facilitates the process of critical reflection through peer discussion, readings and personal reflection as a pathway to professional growth and renewal. The program offers a mixture of structured and co-constructed learning segments such as peer discussions, individual reading and reflection times, and participant-led communities of practice.  This track will be offered in Nashville, TN, November 19-22, 2014.  The application deadline is May 23, 2014.

"The Intentional Teaching track helped me to truly look at my teaching and the reason I do what I do, and to think more closely and clearly about my philosophy ." ~ 2011 Intentional Teaching Track Participant

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 in Burlington Vermont, July 20-25, 2014.

"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 in Burlington Vermont, July 20-25, 2014. 

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

Practical Management Track

This track will address how to lead from within – developing the powers of persuasion to influence in multiple directions.  The Practical Management track was held in conjunction with the ACRL 2013 Conference in Indianapolis, IN, April 10, 2013.  The next offering is TBD.

"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." ~ Practical Management 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 the ACRL 2015 conference in Portland, Oregon, March 25, 2015.

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 committee chair Ethan Pullman (ethanp@cmu.edu) or Margot Conahan (mconahan@ala.org).