During Immersion, nationally-recognized program facilitators lead participants through intensive information literacy training and education.
Meet the Immersion Facilitators
Veronica Arellano Douglas
University of Houston Libraries
Veronica Arellano Douglas is the Instruction Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, where she provides leadership for the libraries’ information literacy education program. Prior to joining the UH Libraries in 2018, she was a Reference & Instruction Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Veronica’s research and writing explores the impacts of race, ethnicity, and gender on teaching librarianship; relational-cultural theory and a feminist practice of librarianship; and critical information literacy pedagogy. She is currently a Member-at-Large for the ACRL Instruction Section, was a 2009 ALA Emerging Leader, and 2005 ALA Spectrum Scholar. Veronica has an MLIS from the University of North Texas and a BA in English from Rice University.
Library Instruction Coordinator
University of Vermont
Daisy Benson is Library Instruction Coordinator at the University of Vermont where she has worked since 1999. Daisy is currently working with colleagues from across the UVM campus including the libraries, the Writing in the Disciplines Program, and other disciplinary faculty to implement a new coordinated approach to the integration of writing and information literacy in the undergraduate curriculum from the foundational level through capstone experiences. One of her roles in this initiative has been developing and facilitating faculty and professional development opportunities. Her research interests are the first-year experience and information literacy, professional development for librarians, and student centered teaching and library services. Daisy attended the University of Texas and received an MA in American Civilization and an MLIS there while working for the UT Libraries in a variety of capacities.
Associate Dean of the University Library
California State University San Marcos
Char Booth explores the integration of education, research, technology, and design in library services, and focuses on the Immersion curricular areas of information literacy, pedagogy/praxis, instructional technology, assessment, and learning theory. She is the Associate Dean of the University Library at Cal State San Marcos. From 2011-2015 Char was Director of Research, Teaching, & Learning Services at at the Claremont Colleges, and from 2008 and 2011 was E-Learning Librarian at UC Berkeley. A 2007 ALA Emerging Leader and 2008 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, her publications include the 2013 Eileen Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year-winning Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators (ALA Editions, 2011), and Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies (ACRL Publications, 2009). Char presents and consults on assessment, teaching effectiveness, critical pedagogy, and instructional design, including the USER Method (Understand, Structure, Engage, Reflect), an instructional design approach she developed for library educators in Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning. Char completed a Master's of Educational Technology at Ohio University in 2008, a MSIS at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Information in 2005, and a B.A. in History at Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2001. Char is a 2007 alumna of the Immersion Teacher Track.
Head of Educational Initiatives
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Melissa Bowles-Terry is the Head of Educational Initiatives at the UNLV Libraries, where she provides leadership for the libraries' educational role on campus, including faculty development initiatives, library support for online learning, and assessment of student learning. She leads an instruction program that reaches over 12,000 students every year and she also works closely with instructional development initiatives across campus, providing workshops on research-based best practices for teaching to faculty in various disciplines. Melissa was previously Instruction and Assessment Coordinator at University of Wyoming Libraries and earned a Master's degree in Library and Information Science at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to her career in librarianship, she taught writing at Utah State University and earned a BA and MA in English literature. Melissa has published in major library journals and presented at conferences on the topics of assessment of student learning and information literacy instruction. She is co-author of the book Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians, published by ACRL in 2015. Melissa is a 2010 alumna of the Immersion Program Track.
Instructional Services Librarian
Mary Broussard has been an Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College since 2006 where she teaches information literacy to undergraduate students and coordinates reference services, the library website, and assessment. Mary is the author of a number of publications on using games in libraries for instruction and outreach, formative assessment, and applying composition and rhetoric theory to information literacy instruction. In addition to these publications, she is the creator of several library games including the online plagiarism education game, “Goblin Threat.” She serves as an ACRL Research and Instruction mentor and teaches public speaking and a freshman seminar that combines reading strategies and vampires. Mary received her MLS from Indiana University, a BA in French and German, and is an alumna of the 2015 Immersion Program Track.
Ashleigh D. Coren
Women’s History Content and Interpretation Curator
National Portrait Gallery
Ashleigh D. Coren is the Women’s History Content and Interpretation Curator at the National Portrait Gallery. Previously, she was Special Collections Librarian for Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland, College Park and an adjunct lecturer in the university’s College of Information Studies. She holds a BA in Art and Visual Culture from Bates College, and an MS in Archives Management from Simmons University. She has held previous positions at West Virginia University and Emerson College and is an alumna of the 2017 Immersion Teacher Track. In 2018 she was named an ALA Emerging Leader.
Associate University Librarian for Learning Services
Oregon State University Libraries and Press
Anne-Marie Deitering is the Associate University Librarian for Learning Services and the Franklin A. McEdward Professor for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives at Oregon State University Libraries and Press. She sits on the university’s Curriculum Council, the Undergraduate Education Council, and Assessment Council, She thinks broadly about the library’s role as a center for learning and engagement on campus, and she thinks her best work happens when she collaborates with others. In her research and practice she examines the intersections between curiosity, affect and information literacy and how these intersections affect the choices we make as teachers and learners. She is also deeply interested in the connections between reflective practice and professional knowledge. She has an MLS from Emporia State University, an M.A. in History from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Outreach & Intergeneration Librarian
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Carlos Duarte is the Outreach & Intergeneration Librarian at the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. At UCCS Carlos is an instructor in the Instruction and Research Services Department and is liaison to the Anthropology and Women and Ethnic Studies departments. He graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of New Mexico in 2005 and received his MSIS from The University of Texas at Austin School of Information in 2013.
The Ohio State University
Craig Gibson is Professor at The Ohio State University Libraries, and has also been Associate Director for Research and Education there, with responsibilities for teaching, research, outreach and engagement, and subject liaison programs and services in The Ohio State Libraries, and serves as liaison to the five regional OSU campus libraries. From 1996 through 2011, he was Associate University Librarian for Research, Instructional and Outreach Services in the Libraries at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where he was responsible for the following public services across four campus libraries: the Libraries’ Liaison Program, marketing and outreach, reference and instruction, government documents, maps, and GIS, interlibrary loan and document delivery, and access services. At George Mason, he collaborated with the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence on pedagogical workshops for faculty and on continuing education for Librarians, and with the Office of Institutional Assessment to benchmark assessments of technology skills, and contributed to the University’s QEP (Quality Enhancment Plan) initiative focused on transforming undergraduate education—an initiative entitled “Fostering a Culture of Student Scholarship.” Other positions held include those at Washington State University (1988-1996), Lewis-Clark State College (1986-88), and the University of Texas at Arlington (1985-86). He has taught as adjunct faculty in the library science program at The Catholic University of America, and has given numerous presentations and workshops on critical thinking and research skills, staff development, and the changing role of the liaison librarian; written articles on critical thinking, assessment, distance learning; and consulted on information literacy program development and assessment of information literacy. His professional activities include memberships in various ACRL Instruction Section committees, and serving as Member-at-Large for the Section, 1995-98. In 1999, he was selected as a member of the Instruction Section's "Think Tank", for which he co-authored a working paper on assessment of information literacy skills. In 2000, he worked with the ACRL Task Force on Information Literacy Competencies to write the final draft of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, and in 2005 served as reviewer of discipline-specific applications of those Standards for two professional library associations. From 1997-2006, he was an ACRL representative on, and recorder for, the National Forum on Information Literacy. He was a member of the ACRL Baltimore Conference Planning Committee in 2006-07, and since 2008, has been the Chair of the ACRL Publications in Librarianship Editorial Board. He also edited the ACRL monograph, Student Engagement and Information Literacy (2006).
Experience Librarian Arizona State University
Michelle “Ashley” Gohr is a First Year Experience Librarian with Arizona State University where she teaches critical information literacy to first year students and provides research assistance to students and faculty in women and gender studies, social justice/human rights, and other subject areas. Her research primarily focuses on radical librarianship and critical pedagogies, and the role libraries and educational institutions play in supporting human rights and activism.
Professor and Reference Librarian
College of DuPage
Jennifer Kelley, Professor and Reference Librarian at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill., chairs the Library's Instruction Committee and serves as coordinator for Library workshops and the faculty information literacy program, Future of Research. At COD, Jennifer is liaison to Speech Communications, English Language Studies, and Adult Basic Education/High School Equivalency/English Language Acquisition, and serves as the Library's copyright liaison for faculty. Starting in the 2017-2018 academic year, she will also be serving as Faculty Professional Development Coordinator, a 2-year appointment in collaboration with the Learning and Organizational Development department at COD. Her research interests include student perceptions of academic honesty and the impact of information literacy instruction on English composition and Speech Communications courses. Jennifer has a BA in English from Colby College, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s MFA Program for Poets and Writers, and received her MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated from the LEEP program. Jennifer is a 2007 alumna of the Illinois Immersion Teacher Track and 2014 alumna of the Immersion Program Track.
Learning Program Manager
Sofia Leung (she/hers), a first generation Chinese American and a native New Yorker, is the Teaching and Learning Program Manager and liaison to the department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT. She is on the editorial board of the journal, In the Library With The Lead Pipe. She believes that social justice work is library work and that we should all be collectively engaged in our liberation. Sofia is focused on building community among Black, Indigenous, People of Color in libraries and beyond.
Mount Royal University
Jessie Loyer is Cree-Métis and a member of Michel First Nation. She's a librarian at Mount Royal University, which is in Calgary, on Blackfoot and Treaty 7 territory. Jessie is interested in Indigenous information literacy in her research and teaching. You can read her chapter on kinship as an ethic of care: "Indigenous information literacy: nêhiyaw kinship enabling self-care in research." She asks participants to situate themselves and their work toward Indigenous communities and the land where they live in a workshop she's given for various organizations, including the Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and for the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL). She is involved in curriculum development, revitalization of Indigenous languages, community-centred digitization, and building capacity for oral history sharing for youth and elders.
Associate Professor and Information Literacy Specialist
Purdue UniversityClarence Maybee is an Associate Professor and Information Literacy Specialist at Purdue University, where he has worked since 2011. At Purdue, Clarence leads Purdue Libraries’ involvement in Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT), a campus-wide program to develop learner-centered education. His research explores student and teacher experiences of informed learning, an approach to information literacy that emphasizes learning as the outcome of engagement with information. Clarence has a PhD from the Gateway PhD Program jointly offered by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and San Jose State University (SJSU), an MLIS from SJSU, and a BA from Antioch College.
Rebecca Miller Waltz
Head, Library Learning Services
Pennsylvania State University
Rebecca Miller Waltz, MSLS, MAED, is the Head of Library Learning Services at Penn State University Libraries. In this role, she leads a team of colleagues in providing strategy and coordination for teaching and learning expertise, foundational-level information literacy instruction, programming for outreach and student engagement, and physical and virtual learning spaces at Penn State's University Park campus. As part of this role, she also chairs the Penn State University Libraries Instruction Steering Committee, which represents 35 distinct teaching units within the Libraries and is currently working toward building a scaffolded and integrated information literacy program. Previously, Rebecca served in various leadership, teaching, and liaison roles at Virginia Tech and Louisiana State University and has an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MAEd in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech. A 2012 ALA Emerging Leader, a 2016 ACRL Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians participant, a 2012 Immersion Program Track alum, and a 2011 Immersion Teach Track alum, Rebecca is deeply engaged with the profession, currently serving as an ALA Councilor and chairing an ACRL advisory board. Rebecca recently co-authored (with Candice Benjes Small) the recent publication Training for New Instruction Librarians: A Workbook for Trainers and Learners, wrote and edited a number of publications on information literacy, instructional technology, library liaison-ship, and organizational change, and presented at ALA, ACRL, LOEX, and The Innovative Library Classroom conferences.
Rachel A. McCaskill (May 28, 1987 - May 5, 2021)
Rachel joined the Immersion Facilitator group in 2019. She served as the Instruction and Academic Engagement Librarian for Mulva Library on the campus of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. Rachel held a B.A. in Theatre Performance from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A 2013 Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program Fellow, she completed a summer fellowship at the University of Arizona’s Main Library before accepting her first professional position as a 2-year Resident Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries in 2013. Following her residency, Rachel worked as Learning Technologies Librarian at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries before accepting her current position at St. Norbert College in 2019. Rachel’s chief research interests included equity and justice in academic libraries, advancing technology and innovation in teaching, and accessibility. We will truly miss working with Rachel, her positive energy, and contributions to the profession.