ACRL seeks applicants for Institute for Information Literacy Intentional Teacher Program

Contact: Margot Conahan


For Immediate Release

March 28, 2006

ACRL seeks applicants for Institute for Information Literacy Intentional Teacher Program

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute for Information Literacy (IIL) seeks applicants for the newest addition to its Immersion program—
Intentional Teacher: Renewal through Informed Reflection. Acceptance to the program is competitive; participation is limited to 36 individuals per program. The deadline for application is May 5, 2006.

Intentional Teacher: Renewal through Informed Reflection program provides 3.5 days of learning and reflection for academic librarians and will offer a mixture of structured and co-constructed learning segments such as peer discussions, individual reading and reflection, and participant-led communities of practice. During the program, participants will examine their practice through four lenses, including autobiography, student perspective, colleague as resource, and research literature on teaching and learning. Each lens will be used to explore four important teaching areas: philosophy/values, pedagogy, student impact, and experimentation.

A learning community will form the basis of the experience. All participants are expected to contribute to the success of the community. A faculty of nationally recognized librarians will create an environment for professional renewal, provide structure, and offer insight and expertise to inspire new thinking.

Participants should have at least five years of teaching experience in a library or other setting, currently be involved in teaching, and have contact with students in the months prior to the program they will be attending. Please note that the program is not designed for those who want to learn how to teach.

The Intentional Teacher Program will be offered twice during the upcoming year, and applicants can select their preferred program dates as part of their application. Program dates are as follows:

Fall 2006: November 29–December 3, 2006

Spring 2007: May 2–6, 2007

The programs will begin by 5 p.m. on the first day and will conclude by noon on the last day. Both programs will be held on the campus of the
National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md. The center, located one mile outside of Washington D.C., offers year-round meeting accommodations.

Immersion Intentional Teacher applications must be submitted via the online application form by
Friday, May 5, 2006. The application form and instructions are available at:

Complete details about the program are available at:

Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot S. Conahan at 312-280-2522;

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.