ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy seeks applicants forImmersion 04

Contact: Margot Sutton Conahan

ACRL Manager of Professional Development


For Immediate Release

October 17, 2003

ACRL’s Institute for Information Literacy seeks applicants for Immersion ’04

The Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Institute for Information Literacy (IIL) seeks applicants for its national Immersion Program to be held at the University of Washington, July 30-August 4, 2004.

Immersion '04 will be four-and-one-half days of intensive training and education for academic librarians. A faculty of nationally recognized librarians will teach the program.

The deadline for application is December 5, 2003.

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, instructions, and an application form can be found at

Immersion ‘04 sessions will fall into two separate tracks:

  • Teacher Track.

    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. Participants selected for the Teacher Track will prepare a description of an instructional situation and a related presentation in advance of the Immersion program.

  • Program Manager/Developer Track.

    This track focuses on developing, integrating and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Participants selected for the Program Manager Track 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. Immersion participants will be expected to develop the case studies into an action plan for implementation at the home institution, and possible inclusion in a "best practices" report six months after the program.

ACRL is funding scholarships that will help cover the costs of attending the Immersion Program. Scholarships are reserved for Teacher Track applicants who are new librarians who have been in librarianship for less than two years; 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 Conahan, 312-280-2522, or e-mail at

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