New from ACRL - “Learning Beyond the Classroom”

For Immediate Release
Thu, 02/20/2020


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Learning Beyond the Classroom: Engaging Students in Information Literacy through Co-Curricular Activities,” edited by Silvia Vong and Manda Vrkljan. In four sections, this book contains approaches and activities to help instructors incorporate information literacy concepts into co-curricular learning and aid students in applying these concepts throughout their lives. 

Co-curricular learning is an approach to teaching experiential learning using activities or programs for students outside of their coursework that include intentional learning and development. It benefits from having clear learning outcomes as well as helping develop competencies that connect to students’ academic or career goals. It can be a way to engage students in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and have them begin to apply its concepts to all areas of their life and studies.

"Learning Beyond the Classroom" explores activities that can help develop students’ information literacy knowledge, stimulate them academically and creatively, and help them develop new skills. In four sections—Campus Connections, Employment Experiences, Innovative Initiatives, and Assessment Approaches—chapters illustrate different approaches to incorporating the ACRL Framework concepts and how best to measure a student’s success to demonstrate the value of the co-curricular activities.

A student’s development within their chosen discipline prepares them for a future career, but it is the transferable skills they acquire through experiential activities that demonstrate their full understanding of the concepts taught. "Learning Beyond the Classroom" can help librarians include information literacy concepts within co-curricular activities and prepare their students to apply their critical-thinking knowledge to everyday pursuits.

 “Learning Beyond the Classroom: Engaging Students in Information Literacy through Co-Curricular Activities” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; 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 academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the webFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.