For immediate release | October 3, 2013

New From ACRL: Designing Training

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Designing Training" by Melanie Hawks, the fifth entry in the ACRL Active Guides series.

Focusing on the needs of the adult learner, "Designing Training" will help librarians and library staff plan training sessions for takeaway value, learner engagement and learning transfer. Hawks provides examples and exercises that demonstrate how to design highly effective learning events from the ground up. The practical activities provided throughout this title will lead the reader through the process of developing well-designed training that sets up both the trainer and the learners to succeed. "Designing Training" is practical guide that will serve as an essential go-to resource for those responsible for training as either an on-going job assignment or an occasional project.

The ACRL Active Guides series address professional and workplace issues. Additional titles in the series include "Life-Work Balance", "Influencing without Authority," "Conversations that Work: Conducting Performance Assessments" and "Pay it Forward: Mentoring New Information Professionals."

"Designing Training" is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


Kathryn Deiss

Content Strategist