ACRL to offer preconferences on assessment, outreach and federated searching in New Orleans

Contact: Margot Conahan Sutton


For Immediate Release

November 21 , 2005

ACRL to offer preconferences on assessment, outreach and federated searching in New Orleans

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering three workshops in conjunction with the 2006 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans on Friday, June 23, 2006. Registration opens December 1, 2005, and registration materials will be available at
(click “Events”).

Assessment and Beyond: Starting It Off, Pulling It All Together and Making Decisions” (Friday, June 23, 2006, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) will introduce common methods of assessment and provide hands-on experience to design a tool that can be used to start assessment activities. Participants will learn methods to analyze and interpret results of information gathering and will examine ways to manage information and data. After participating in this preconference, attendees can be assured that they are taking correct first steps in assessment activities.
Presenters: Dave Baca, Team Leader, Science Engineering Team, University of Arizona; David Consiglio, Bryn Mawr College; Phil Davis, Life Sciences Librarian, Cornell University; Fred Heath, Vice Provost/Dean, University of Texas, Austin; Julie Miran, Director of Information Services, The Hill School; Adam Smith, Google.

“Federated Search: How Do We Teach It?” (Friday, June 23, 2006, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.) will offer practical advice on how to integrate federated search into existing information literacy courses and curricula. During this half-day preconference, participants will develop learning outcomes, as well as a framework for introducing federated search and related information literacy concepts, and lesson plans and exercises for use in the classroom. Attendees will identify specific outcomes from the Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education which relate to federated search, and will find out how to calculate at what class level certain federated search features and related information literacy concepts should be introduced.
Presenter: Christopher Cox, Assistant Director, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

“Taking Your Library Liaison Program to the Next Level: Strategies for Outreach and Integration” (Friday, June 23, 2006, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) will present an overview of library liaison programs and strategies for strengthening or revitalizing liaison programs. Attendees will learn about methods of effective program development to ensure curricular integration of library services and resources. During the preconference, participants will be engaged through a variety of exercises, including case studies of liaison roles involving discipline-based academic programs, interdisciplinary research, and such initiatives as learning communities, undergraduate research programs, and diversity and globalization initiatives. Learn how to develop outreach/marketing plans for liaison programs to expand the scope and depth of interaction between liaison librarians and their constituencies.
Presenters: Craig Gibson, Associate University Librarian for Public Services, George Mason University; Jamie Coniglio, Head of Reference/Coordinator of Liaison Program, George Mason University.

Complete details about these ACRL professional development preconferences are available online at
Registration opens December 1, 2005. Questions? Contact

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.