Welcome to the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy

We invite you to browse the IIL Web site to read announcements, learn more about IIL, about IIL programs, and about information literacy, including related publications. Please contact Carrie Donovan (cdonovan@indiana.edu) if you have questions about the ACRL Immersion Program.

IIL has three basic goals:

  1. Prepare librarians to become effective teachers in information literacy programs;
  2. Support librarians, other educators and administrators in playing a leadership role in the development and implementation of information literacy programs;
  3. Forge new relationships throughout the educational community to work towards information Literacy curriculum development.

Program initiatives include:

  1. Immersion Program
    The Immersion Program is comprised of four tracks that provide intensive information literacy training and education for instruction librarians.
  2. Information Literacy Consultants for Subject-Specific Information Literacy Standards
    The Institute for Information Literacy appoints persons to serve as Information Literacy Consultants to Sections that are in the process of adapting the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to their disciplines (such as the Information Literacy Standards for Anthropology and Sociology Students.  For an overview of this process, see Tip Sheet #4: Developing Subject-Specific Information Literacy Standards)

Past initiatives include:
1. Institutional Strategies: Best Practices
A program that assists individual institutions in developing strategies for developing and implementing effective information literacy programs.  The ACRL Instruction Section has taken on this initiative. 

2.  Integrating Information Literacy into National Surveys
The College Student Surveys Project Group of the Institute for Information Literacy works with creators of the National Survey of Student Engagement and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement to include questions addressing information literacy into the surveys. 

IIL Organization

About the IIL Web Site

Publications about the Institute for Information Literacy

Free, David.  “Apply for New Immersion Assessment Track.” College & Research Libraries News 69.5 (May 2008): 252.

“The ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program has a New Track.” College & Research Libraries News 68.10 (November 2007): 644.

Gratch-Lindauer, Bonnie.  “Information Literacy Student Behaviors: Results from the NSSE items.” College & Research Libraries News 68.7 (July/August 2007): 432-436; 441.

Pullman, Ethan. “Experiencing ACRL’s Immersion Program: Learning Outcomes for Future Participants.” College & Research Libraries News 67.10 (November 2006): 631-633.

“Announcing new ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Program! "The Intentional Teacher: Renewal through Informed Reflection." College & Research Libraries News 67.3 (March 2006): 141.

Springer, Chris.  “Library Profile: The Personal and Professional Impact of the ACRL’s Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Institute.”  Arkansas Libraries 62.4 (Winter 2005): 6-8.

Gratch-Lindauer, Bonnie.  “Information Literacy Student Behaviors: Potential items for the National Survey of Student Engagement.” College & Research Libraries News 66.10 (November 2005): 715-718.

Scamman, Carol, Robin Kinder & Priscilla Coulter. “Your Brain on Information Literacy: ACRL Immersion '05. ” College & Research Libraries News 66.9 (October 2005): 650-653.

Kaplowitz, Joan, “Being Immersed.” College & Research Libraries News 65.10 (November 2004): 602-603.

Garrett, Marie.  “Taking Immersion Home: Applying Lessons Learned at ACRL’s Immersion Program.” College & Research Libraries News 64.9 (October 2003): 587-588, 609.

Toth, Michelle. “Those Immersed Resurface: A Follow up with Track 2 Participants of the First Information Literacy Immersion.” College & Research Libraries News 64.1 (January 2003): 17-19.

Holt, Abbey. “Learning to Teach: Institute for Information Literacy, Immersion 2002.” Arkansas Libraries 59.6 (December 2002): 10-12.

Lindsay, Elizabeth Blakesley & Baron, Sara. ”Leading Information Literacy Programs: Immersion and Beyond.” Journal of Library Administration. 36.1/2 (2002): 143+.

Whyte, Susan B.  “From BI to IL: the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy.” OLA Quarterly 7.2 (Summer 2001): 14-15.

Goebel, Nancy. “Immersed in Information Literacy.” Feliciter 47.6 (2001): 288-289.

McAndrew, Rosemary. “Immersion 2000: Making Learning Happen.” College & Research Libraries News 61.10 (November 2000): 909-911.

Grugel, Chris & Madeline A. Copp.  “Immersion ’99: Reports from the Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program.” College & Research Libraries News 60.9 (October 1999): 723-727.

Oberman, Cerise.  “The Institute for Information Literacy: Formal Training is a Critical Need.” College & Research Libraries News 59.9 (October 1998): 703-705.

Oberman, Cerise, Bonnie Gratch-Lindauer and Betsy Wilson. “Integrating Information Literacy into the Curriculum.”  College & Research Libraries News 59.5 (May 1998); 347-352.

Other Information Literacy Organizations

ACRL's Instruction Section
ALA's Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)
LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange)
California Clearinghouse on Library Instruction (CCLI)
Southern California Instruction Librarians (sCIL, formerly CCLI-South)
National Forum on Information Literacy
The TLT Group: Teaching, Learning & Technology
IFLA Information Literacy Section