Each Liaisons Grant Funding Request must address the following five points. See the sample below for guidance. Address questions to the ACRL Liaisons Grants Committee.
- Description of activities/projects proposed for the upcoming year(s) with accompanying time frame
- All Funding Requests, in priority order, with ACRL Fiscal year for which the request is made
- Relationship to ACRL Strategic Priorities
- Assessment Plan
1. Description of activities/projects proposed for the upcoming year(s) with accompanying time frame
I am in my second year as the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) liaison for ACRL. I serve as the SITE Chair for the special interest group (SIG) focused on information literacy education. In this capacity, I will attend in the National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS), a two-day summit in October which brings together educational technology leaders to discuss several emerging topics. This summit results in teams developing recommendations and/or guidelines from extensive deliberations; last year, the efforts of my group resulted in a planning guide for mobile technologies. On the following day, SITE Chairs will convene to plan for the upcoming conference.
Between the Summit and the conference in March, I will engage in some of the most time intensive activities of serving as Chair: reviewing proposals and making final acceptance decisions on proposals marked under information literacy education. In addition, I will work with the SIG’s Vice Chair to propose an appropriate program (brief paper or round table discussion). A panel program related to scholarly communications, which includes experts from ACRL’s EBSS, will also likely be submitted as a refereed brief paper; it was referred to as an invited panel in 2010 but was cut last year due to changes to SITE program planning. Note that each brief paper or round table proposal involves a submission of 625 to 1875 words by October 25, 2012. I will also encourage ACRL members to consider submitting a proposal for SITE by sending a call for presentations to appropriate listservs.
SITE seeks to increase activities of the all SIGs, which they consider to be the backbone of the organization, by improving communication and participation via their website. My goals are to increase our visibility and recruit new members to the SIG; my plan to meet these goals relies somewhat on SITE’s web administration. I hope to receive administrative access to our web space and other online tools. Once privileges are set (dates uncertain), I plan to use a discussion board for open and continuing conversations on such issues as using technology to deliver IL, faculty-librarian collaborations, copyright and open access, digital citizenship and support for professional development. I am hopeful that discussion of these topics will be of interest to both ACRL and SITE members, and can serve to generate potential topics for future conference and paper proposals. Planning and implementation for the website is expected throughout this year, and maintain it and the discussion board will be an ongoing project.
During the conference in March, I will hold an open SIG meeting for anyone interested in information literacy education. I will attend meetings as necessary and participate in activities as a member of the SITE Teacher Education Council. Also, if a program is accepted, I will present. Following the conference, I will continue to work on the website and discussion boards, and focus on recruitment activities.
2. Funding Request
This funding request is for $1610 during the fiscal year 2012/13. The amount covers the cost incurred to participate in the National Technology Leadership Summit in DC (October 4-5, 2012) and the SITE 2013 conference in New Orleans (March 25-29, 2013). This will include (all expenses are estimated) $360 for conference registration (NO only), about $800 for air fare (NO and DC), and $450 for hotel expenses (NO only). This liaison relationship is through the Educational and Behavioral Sciences Sections and they may have limited funding for outreach or liaison work.
3. Relationship to ACRL Strategic Goals
My participation in the above activities contributes to ACRL’s overall goal in the Plan for Excellence to “shape policies and practices of vital interest to higher education” by engaging in national conversations and collaborative efforts with leaders in this subject field. Activities at NTLS and the SITE conference contribute to meeting the goal pertaining to the Value of Academic Libraries: to influence national conversations and activities focused on the value of higher education. National leaders from educational associations, editors of educational technology journals, directors of non-profit foundations, federal policy makers, and corporate representatives come together at NTLS; we develop guidelines that directly benefit educators in a variety of fields and disciplines within higher education. At the conference and online, discussions of information literacy topics forward the Value of Academic Libraries and each objective in the second area of emphasis, Student Learning:
- Build librarian capacity to create new learning environments (physical and virtual) and instructional practices.
- Articulate and advocate for the role of librarians in setting and achieving institutional learning outcomes.
- Increase collaborative programs that leverage partnerships with other organizations in order to support and encourage local team approaches.
- Build capacity for the librarians’ role in supporting faculty development and the preparation of graduate students as instructors.
Strategic Goal 1 calls for academic libraries to demonstrate alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes. On most campuses, FYE programs are built to meet institutional goals related to academic success, student engagement and retention. They are not run independently in disciplinary silos, but are institution-wide initiatives. As such, they represent an excellent place for librarians to align with institutional goals and to demonstrate how information literacy connects to those broader outcomes.
This connects as well to Strategic Goal 2, which calls for librarians to transform student learning, pedagogy and instructional practices through creative and innovative collaborations. The research that the previous ACRL liaison to the NRCFYE conducted last year demonstrated conclusively that librarians are participating in instruction in FYE programs. However, it also showed that the nature of those collaborations are usually very traditional – librarians are doing the same kind of one-shot sessions for FYE programs that they do for all students. FYE programs, however, have different goals than traditional majors and programs and as such offer an opportunity for librarians to collaborate more creatively. Attending the conference will help me further this goal, as will the research planned for this year.
In addition, the conference includes both teaching- and assessment-specific tracks and as such provides an excellent professional development opportunity that contributes to librarians’ ability to create new learning environments and instructional practices (Goal 2.1) and to advocate for librarians’ role in setting, achieving and measuring institutional learning outcomes (Goal 2.2). Publicizing this opportunity to librarians, and reporting on the content afterwards contributes to these specific strategies.
Serving on the leadership team for SITE enables me to increase in visibility of significant issues, trends, and innovations of importance to academic and research libraries. In addition, through the SIG conference meeting and online presence, we can improve participation within the SIG and also encourage a more informed and engaged community of librarians and educators.
- promote relevance of librarians’ expertise to emerging teaching/learning initiatives
- demonstrate the importance of information and related literacies to educational outcomes
- promote conversation, learning, and collaboration between librarians and learning technologists.
Both quantitative measurement (e.g. counts) and qualitative assessment (e.g. evaluation forms on programs and SIG topics/discussion) will be used. Success of outcomes is shown through attendance counts of information literacy-related posters or programs at the SITE conference; invitations to collaborate on projects or programs; an increase in SIG membership and conference attendees; and/or an increase in involvement of members in discussions at conference/online.
- At least three presentations with focus on libraries will appear on the SCUP international conference program and will attract at least 50 diverse attendees.
- An article in CRL News will be downloaded by more than average number of readers of the journal
- At least one professional training opportunity that brings membership from both SCUP and ACRL together by 2015 will demonstrate value and logistics for collaboration between the two associations. This may be a face-to-face workshop or an online webinar.