ACRL offers workshops @ the Midwinter Meeting

Contact: Tory Edwards

Meeting & Special Event Planner


For Immediate Release

October 3, 2003

ACRL offers workshops @ the Midwinter Meeting

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will offer three workshops on January 9, 2004,at the upcoming American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. The ACRL Midwinter Workshops are educational courses targeted to the needs of academic librarians. Expert faculty will lead dynamic discussion covering important and relevant topics. ACRL encourages members to take advantage of this valuable educational program and opportunity to network with their peers. Online registration begins October 1, 2003, at

Workshops will feature the following sessions.


Creating a Marketing Plan for Your Academic and Research Library

The workshop utilizes marketing materials developed by the ACRL @ your library Task Force. Presenters and facilitators will lead participants through the process of developing a marketing program for their library. Attendees will receive a Participant Manual and partake in a series of exercises that can be used to create an academic library-marketing plan. Participants will leave the workshop with a marketing plan outline to take back to their libraries.


Information Commons 101: Nuts and Bolts Planning

Academic Library Information Commons (IC) leaders will provide nuts and bolts instruction for early-stage IC planners. Workshops and breakout sessions will lead to increased clarity of IC concepts and definitions; better understanding of the rationales and effectiveness of various IC models; better understanding of IC planning, implementation and assessment issues; increased clarity of IC problems and possible solutions; and practical guidelines and preliminary planning and implementation documents.


Information Literacy Across the Curriculum: Collaboration, Coordination and Course Development

This workshop will address issues related to: fostering more rewarding collaboration with classroom faculty members; effective coordination with existing campus programs for instructional development and assessment; and creative development of a range of instructional options for supporting information literacy across the curriculum (ILAC). Attendees will be introduced to common “across the curriculum” initiatives, e.g., writing across the curriculum, first-year-experience. The session will provide an overview of issues related to course design and development for credit-bearing information literacy courses in the disciplines strategies for identifying potential partners across campus, and for promoting ILAC programs.

Questions regarding the program or registration process should be directed to Tory Edwards, 312-280-2515;

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 market place. 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 Web site at

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association.