For immediate release | March 7, 2011

Apply now for ACRL Immersion Program Assessment/Intentional Teaching Tracks

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the invitation to apply for its Immersion ’11 Program. The Immersion Program Assessment and Intentional Teaching Tracks will be offered simultaneously from Nov. 16-20, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Applications for both tracks are being accepted through May 6, 2011. Visit (Click “Immersion ‘11”) for complete details about the program, including curriculum, learning outcomes and application instructions.

Assessment: Demonstrating the Educational Value of the Academic Library Track - This track will approach assessment from a learning-centered perspective; participants will emerge with a broader understanding of assessment and how to use assessment as an important tool to guide evidence-based classroom, curriculum and program development. Participants will develop a plan for their assessment activities which will form the basis for future engagement with these issues both individually and as a leader of information literacy initiatives at their institutions. This track is intended for experienced academic librarians (5+ years teaching experience) active in teaching and learning and those with leadership roles for information literacy program development who want to improve their knowledge and practice of both classroom and program assessment.

Intentional Teaching: Reflective Teaching to Improve Student Learning Track - This track is aimed at the experienced academic librarian (5+ years teaching experience, in a library or other setting) who wants to become more self-aware and self-directed as a teacher. This program facilitates the process of critical reflection through peer discussion, readings and personal reflection as a pathway to professional growth and renewal. The program offers a mixture of structured and co-constructed learning segments such as peer discussions, individual reading and reflection times and participant-led communities of practice.

Acceptance for both tracks is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or


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 environments. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.