ACRL to offer workshops on assessment, instruction and research models at Midwinter

Contact: Margot Sutton Conahan

For Immediate Release
September 14, 2006

ACRL to offer workshops on assessment, instruction and research models at Midwinter

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering three professional development workshops in conjunction with the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, January 19, 2007.

Registration is now open; registration materials are online at (click "Events & Conferences").
December 8, 2006, is the advance registration deadline.The workshops include:

Assessment of Academic Library Effectiveness: Using ACRL Standards for Continuous Evaluation" (Friday, January 19, 2007, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) will introduce the new ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education as a framework for assessing all academic libraries.
Participants will discover how to use commonly collected information: statistics for internal and peer comparison of inputs and outputs, as well as user satisfaction and service quality data for evaluating the academic library. A hands-on activity session will involve all attendees in a small group learning exercise to apply some of the principles introduced at the workshop.

Presenters: Robert W. Fernekes, Information Services Librarian (Business Information Specialist), Georgia Southern University; William N. Nelson, Library Director, Augusta State University

Creating the One Shot Library Workshop Step-by-Step" (Friday, January 19, 2007, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) will provide an overview and hands-on practice of a well-tested process for designing one-shot library workshops. The first part of the workshop will help attendees determine what content to cover and how to assess immediately whether their students are learning the content. The second part will focus on choosing from a suite of instructional methods to spice up teaching and improve effectiveness as instructors. Issues including cognitive overload, learning styles, and memory retention also will be addressed.

Presenter: Jerilyn Veldof, Director of Undergraduate Initiatives, University of Minnesota

Managing the Changing Research Models in the Humanities" (Friday, January 19, 2007, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) will offer an overview of the current environment in humanities research, focusing on library services and communication initiatives.
Half of the workshop will be devoted to exploring the humanities-research environment and a variety of communication techniques of use to those with academic constituencies.
The second half of the workshop will focus on techniques for teaching changing research tools, and will include a group exercise in setting instructional objectives and creating a lesson plan from those objectives.

Presenter: Charlotte Cubbage, Bibliographer for English, Comparative Literatures, and the Performing Arts, Northwestern University

Complete details about these ACRL professional development preconferences are available online at (click "ACRL @ Midwinter").

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.