Call for Two Curriculum Designer/Presenters

for Intersections of Scholarly Communications and Information Literacy Professional Development for Academic Librarians

ACRL is accepting applications for two curriculum designer/presenters to create professional development offerings on the “Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy.” These new online and in-person workshops are intended to increase librarians’ leadership on issues and projects related to scholarly communication’s connection with information literacy. The target audience for the workshops is academic librarians with responsibilities related to coordinating and teaching in the areas of scholarly communication and information literacy.

The curriculum designers will plan and develop learning experiences for face to face and virtual experiences intended to build librarians’ capacity as leaders on issues/projects of campus-wide interest that involve elements of scholarly communication, information literacy, and their connections (i.e., data literacy, intellectual property, open access, etc.) with specific emphasis on the pedagogy of teaching students and faculty. As they develop the curriculum, a small number of ACRL member leaders, including presenters for other related workshops, will act as advisors.

The in-person workshop may be half or full day, delivered first as a pilot at the ALA Annual Conference in 2016 and then later offered upon request on a licensed basis, as with the existing ACRL workshops Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action and Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement. Online offerings would be part of ACRL's regular eLearning program and could include a multi-week asynchronous course and one or more topical webcasts of 60-90 minutes each in an interactive online classroom.


  • A designated role in scholarly communication and/or information literacy within your library.
  • Evidence of understanding of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher education and a wide range of scholarly communication issues as pertaining to libraries and higher education.
  • A deep conceptual understanding of the intersections between information literacy and scholarly communication.
  • Experience in designing, developing, facilitating, and teaching interactive workshops, in person and online.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative planning.
  • Experience working in academic or research libraries.

Strongly preferred:

  • Experience with scholarly communication and information literacy.
  • Prior attendance at an ACRL Scholarly Communication "Roadshow" workshop and/or the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program.

Successful curriculum designer/presenters must be:

  • Available to attend a curriculum design meeting at ALA Midwinter in January 2016.
  • Available to work on curriculum design from January-May 2016.
  • Available to present one or more webinars in spring 2016 and pilot an in-person workshop at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando.
  • Able to participate in a training session, currently being created, for presenters of all ACRL professional development licensed workshops

In addition to the above, serving as a curriculum designer/presenter will involve coaching and training new presenters to deliver the curriculum, once it is developed. This may include presenting future licensed workshops in the field (up to two in 2016) and the revision and future development of materials, exercises and presentations.

ACRL provides presenters of all its licensed workshops a modest honorarium as well as reimbursement for travel costs (flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals). ACRL will cover one night’s hotel stay for the Midwinter curriculum design meeting and provide a modest honorarium for the design, development and delivery of the webinar in spring 2016 and pilot workshop for ALA Annual 2016.

To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:

  1. A statement addressing the aforementioned qualifications, as well as the following questions (two pages max.):
    1. Why do you want to be a developer and presenter for this workshop?
    2. Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy by selecting an element and discussing it in detail.
    3. What experience do you have in developing curricula?
    4. Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    5. Can you provide examples of your teaching experience via video or other instructional materials that demonstrate your talents as a teacher?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for 2 references who have direct knowledge of your curriculum development and teaching experience.
  4. The single PDF application must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, to Merinda Kaye Hensley, member of the ACRL Intersections Professional Development Working Group at

The ACRL Intersections Professional Development Working Group will review all applications. The process includes checking references and a telephone (or Skype) interview. The group will select the curriculum designer/presenters and notify all applications in mid November 2015.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Merinda Kaye Hensley at or (217)244-1880.