ACRL announces ALA Midwinter Meeting workshops

Contact: Margot Sutton Conahan

Manager of Professional

Development, ACRL

For Immediate Release

October 2, 2007

ACRL announces ALA Midwinter Meeting workshops

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will offer three professional development workshops in conjunction with the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. All workshops take place on January 11, 2008.

  • “Assessing Learning Outcomes in Programs Large and Small: A Hands-On Approach” (Friday, January 11, 2008, 1 – 4:30 p.m.): This workshop will provide hands-on experience for each step of an assessment process that is based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards and the American Association for Higher Education’s “9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning.” Learn how to create individualized rubrics, hear about the collection of student work for assessment, find out how to use the rubric to assess learning, and how to change instruction to improve student-learning outcomes.

    Presenters: Sue Phelps, Reference Librarian, Washington State University Vancouver; Karen Diller, Associate Library Director, Washington State University Vancouver

  • “Injecting Fun into Library Orientation: How to Engage and Capture your Students through Interactive Presentations” (Friday, January 11, 2008, 1 - 4:30 p.m.): This workshop will help you discover how both students and librarians can have some fun with library orientation sessions. Experience two innovative and interactive methods which have been utilized at British universities. These techniques - “The Cephalonian Method” and “Library Bingo”- will be presented in the same way as you could use them with students. Evaluate these methods and assess whether they would fit into your library environment, as well as understanding the learning theories which underpin them.

    Presenters: Jacqui Weetman DaCosta, Information Literacy Librarian, The College of New Jersey; Nigel Morgan, Subject Librarian, Cardiff University (Wales)

  • “Using Organization Development to Create a ‘Work Place of Choice’” (Friday, January 11, 2008, 1 – 4:30 p.m.): This workshop will demystify organization development! Find out what an OD professional actually does on a daily basis. Learn to distinguish between human resources, OD and staff development. Using real examples of enhancing communication and improving the climate in your organization, you will do the work of an OD specialist by taking a climate survey and by creating some guidelines for communication responsibilities in your organization.

    Presenters: M. Sue Baughman, Assistant Dean for Organizational Development, University of Maryland; Elaine Z. Jennerich, Director, Organization Development and Training; University of Washington Libraries.

Complete details about ACRL professional development preconferences are available online at (click “ACRL @ Midwinter”). Registration materials are online at (click “Events & Conferences”). The advance registration deadline is November 30, 2007. Questions? Contact Margot Sutton Conahan at or 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.