Apply now for ACRL Immersion ‘09 Assessment and Intentional Teacher programs

Contact: Margot Conahan
ACRL
312-280-2522
mconahan@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
April 14, 2009

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute for Information Literacy announces the invitation to apply for its Immersion ’09 program. For the first time, the Intentional Teacher and Assessment Tracks will be offered simultaneously from Dec. 2-6 in Nashville. Applications for both tracks are now being accepted through May 29. Visit http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/index.cfm (Click “Immersion ‘09”) for complete details about the program, including curriculum, learning outcomes and application instructions.

The Assessment Track is intended for experienced academic librarians (5-plus-years teaching experience) active in teaching and learning along with those in leadership roles for information literacy (IL) 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 assessment as an important tool to guide evidence-based classroom, curriculum and program development. Participants will develop a plan for their assessment activities that will form the basis for future engagement with these issues both individually and as a leader of IL initiatives at their institutions.

The Intentional Teacher Track is aimed at the experienced academic librarian (5-plus-years teaching experience, in a library or other setting) who wants to become more self-aware and self-directed as a teacher. The program facilitates the process of critical reflection through peer discussion, readings and personal reflection as a pathway to professional growth and renewal. The Intentional teacher Track 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. 

Acceptance for both tracks is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. The application deadline is Friday, May 29. Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or mconahan@ala.org.

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.