For immediate release | February 14, 2011

ACRL announces new Immersion Program faculty

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the appointment of four new members of the association’s Information Literacy Immersion Program faculty. The new faculty members are:

Char Booth - E-Learning Librarian at the University of California - Berkeley. Booth focuses on the Immersion curricular areas of information literacy, teaching/pedagogy, assessment and learning theory. She received her MLIS in 2005 from the University of Texas at Austin, her MA in Education in Computer Education and Technology in 2008 from Ohio University and is a 2007 alumna of the Teacher Track.

Wendy Holliday - Coordinator of Library Instruction at Utah State University. Holliday’s focus is in the areas of information literacy, learning theory and teaching/pedagogy. She received her MLIS in 2002 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a Ph.D. in History from New York University.

Michelle Millet - Head of Research Services at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Millet will focus on the areas of leadership and assessment. She received her MLIS in 2001 from the University of South Florida and her master's in History in 2000 from Florida Atlantic University.

Karen Nicholson - Teaching and Learning Librarian at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Nicholson will contribute to the program in the areas of information literacy and teaching/pedagogy. She received her MLIS in 2001 from McGill University, where she also received an MA in Contemporary French Literature.

"The committee was very impressed by the depth of experience represented among the applicants,” said Julie Planchon Wolf, chair of the selection committee. “These new appointments will enable the Immersion faculty to explore new program areas and delivery methods to complement and extend the impact of a program that has proven its worth many times over."

Now in its 12th year, the Immersion Program brings together academic librarians for four to five days of intensive work in teaching and information literacy. With nearly 1,600 graduates of previous national and regional sessions, the program has transformed individuals, students and instruction programs nationally and internationally. There are generally four Immersion Program tracks held each year. The Teacher and Program Track Immersion Programs are normally offered in July or early August, with the Assessment and Intentional Teaching Track Immersion Programs usually offered in November or early December.

Visit… for more information on the program.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 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 environment. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


David Free