Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices

Monday, 7/9/2018 - Friday, 8/10/2018

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - with its emphasis on self-reflective and lifelong learning and on conceptual understandings about information, research, and scholarship and encouraging - has prompted many librarians to consider their teaching practices from fresh angles, as they explore their evolving instructional roles within and beyond the library classroom. The Framework’s vision of information literacy education as a shared responsibility of all educators suggests both opportunities and challenges for teaching librarians, as we expand pedagogical approaches and partnerships. This course supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it may help to enrich their individual teaching practices, as well as their local instruction programs and institutions.

In this online course, participants will explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and their significance to their own instructional work. Participants will apply their learning and reflection to creating instruction plans for their local contexts and considering possibilities for growing teaching partnerships.

Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect on their personal perspectives on and experiences with the Framework and how these influence their engagement with the document.
  • Examine their unique institutional and instructional contexts and the possibilities and constraints these contexts present for their pedagogical work,
  • Apply principles of instructional design to develop instruction that is centered on the Frames and that fosters learning transfer and metacognition.
  • Explore the unique knowledge and experiences that librarians bring to teaching and learning and their implications for expanding librarians' instructional roles and partnerships.
  • Explore how the Framework can be used to foster dialogue and collaboration among educators.

Who Should Attend

This course is relevant to any librarian who supports teaching and learning, whether through direct instruction or through instructional programming or initiatives. While the course is most relevant to academic librarians, librarians working in other types of libraries and educators who are employed outside of a library will also benefit from engaging with the theoretical concepts and practical applications explored among participants.


Brittney Johnson

Brittney Johnson is Head of Library Instruction at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she develops programmatic curriculum in information literacy and leads the library instruction team in implementing the curriculum. Brittney also collaborates with the First-Year Writing program to develop integrated models of teaching research and writing that center around shared threshold concepts of information literacy and writing studies, and she teaches the senior-level Capstone course, both online and face-to-face. She holds a Master of Science in Cognitive Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master in the Art of Teaching in Education from the University of Alaska - Southeast. Along with Andrea Baer and Lindsay Matts-Benson, Brittney co-designed this workshop curriculum.



Registration fees:

ACRL member: $135
ALA member: $175
Nonmember: $205
Student: $75

How to Register

  • Locate the course by the date of the event under the July header.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the course title.
  • 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.

Course access instructions will be sent out one business day prior to the start of the course.

Class size is limited to 60 participants. Full refunds will be granted up to one business day prior to the start of the course.

Tech Requirements

The course will be offered in the Moodle platform.  A computer with Internet connection is required.


Your participation will require approximately 3-5 hours per week of primarily asynchronous activities to:

  • Read the online course materials
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete online exercises and/or final assignment

Participants who complete the course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.