ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy announces Immersion '03

Contact: Margot Sutton Conahan


For Immediate Release

November 2002

ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy announces Immersion '03

The Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Institute for Information Literacy (IIIL) seeks applicants for its national Immersion Program held at the University of Rhode Island, August 1-6, 2003. Immersion '03 will be four-and-one-half days of intensive training and education for academic librarians. A faculty of nationally recognized librarians will be teaching the program.
The deadline for application is December 5, 2002.

Program sessions will fall into two separate tracks:

  • Track I: Librarian as Teacher. This track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in enhancing, refreshing or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership and assessment framed in the context of information literacy.
  • Track II: Librarian as Program Developer. This track focuses on developing, integrating and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Participants selected for Track II will develop individual case studies in advance of the Immersion program. Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability, and the integration of teaching, learning, and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in the case studies.

Acceptance to the Immersion Program is competitive; participation is limited to 90 individuals at each program to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. Additional details, including application criteria and instructions can be found at the ACRL need link here.

ACRL is funding scholarships that will help cover the costs of the Immersion Program. Scholarships are reserved for new librarians who have been in librarianship for two years or less; minority librarians with five years or less of academic librarianship experience; and librarians employed at an institution serving under-represented minorities.

Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Sutton, 312-280-2522;

ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic librarians. ACRL's 11,000 members are comprised of individuals from a wide range of academic institutions, publishers and vendors who sell in the academic marketplace. ACRL enhances the effectiveness of academic and research librarians to advance learning, teaching and research in higher education. More information about ACRL's programs and services can be located on the ACRL
website. ACRL is a division of the American Library Association.