For immediate release | September 20, 2011

ACRL invites applications for Immersion ’12 Program

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for its Information Literacy Immersion '12 Program Teacher and Program tracks, to be held July 22-27, 2012, at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Five members of the nationally recognized Immersion faculty will lead participants through four-and-a-half days of intensive information literacy training and education. Complete program details and application materials are online at (click “2012 Teacher and Program Track Immersion Program”). The application deadline is Dec. 2, 2011.

The Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in enhancing, refreshing or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. Participants selected for the Teacher Track will prepare a description of an instructional situation and a related presentation in advance of the Immersion program. During the program, participants will revise the presentation based on feedback from colleagues and faculty.

The Program Track focuses on developing, integrating and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Participants selected for the Program Track will develop individual case studies in advance of the Immersion program. Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability and the integration of teaching, learning and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in the case studies developed by participants.

Acceptance to Immersion ’12 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. The application deadline is Dec. 2, 2011, and notifications will be issued in February 2012.

Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or


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