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#acrl_ismanage2016: Follow ACRL IS Discussion Forums 2016 on Twitter

ACRL Instruction Section’s Management & Leadership Committee is pleased to present our 2016 discussion forum schedule.


"Cultivating Consistency in an Instruction Program without Much Authority" with Malia Willey

Often with little managerial power, instruction coordinators are responsible for leading information literacy programs that encompass diverse disciplinary needs and individual teaching styles. We will examine challenges faced by library instructors and coordinators, and explore opportunities for pedagogical development and programmatic consistency. Models of shared development, such as communities of practice, encourage library instructors to grow together as teachers and learners.


CANCELLED: “Strategic Design: Leveraging Instructional Design in Academic Libraries” with Joelle Pitts and Nicole Pagowsky

  • May 10 - 2pm Eastern | 1pm Central

  • This event is now cancelled.

Interest in instructional design (ID) has been growing in academic libraries over the last decade as instruction librarians have expanded their role and scope as educators. ID approaches are additionally sought after as the science behind brain-based pedagogy and learning object design has been diffused across campuses. The development of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has provided a catalyst for library instruction units and stakeholders to use ID practices to refocus their instructional efforts. In this session, learn how ID works at two large university libraries, and how ID skills are helping librarians engage with the Framework. Learn how to build ID capacity in your library and how to leverage those skills to improve library instruction and collaboration.


“Using the Framework to Foster Conversations about Information Literacy Instruction” with Sara D. Miller and Amanda Nichols Hess

A key strength of the ACRL Framework lies in the potential that its concepts provide for unearthing tacit assumptions in the process of developing expertise in disciplinary information literacy. The paths from IL novice to expert within in a discipline tend to be murky and filled with assumptions about concepts, skills, and values unique to disciplinary cultures which "should have been learned” somewhere along the way. It is key for librarians in teaching positions to partner with disciplinary faculty in identifying and addressing critical issues of a discipline’s conventions and ways of constructing knowledge and to intentionally engage students with these questions. This presentation will discuss an ACRL Framework-based workshop designed for librarians and disciplinary faculty to come together to examine and discuss what information literacy looks like from a position of disciplinary expertise. Three goals of the workshop are to help facilitate conversations between librarians and disciplinary faculty, to understand specifically what is meant by information literacy within disciplines, and to identify areas of potential focus for IL instruction.

All discussion forum sessions will be recorded. See below for more information about the presenters.

Malia Willey has focused much of her scholarship on library instructor development. She is the Humanities Librarian and liaison to History and Philosophy & Religion at James Madison University. She was formerly the Instruction Coordinator at Loyola University New Orleans and a co-founder of the NOLA Information Literacy Collective. She has a MA in History from the University of Maine and a MLS from Indiana University.

Joelle Pitts is an Instructional Design Librarian and Associate Professor at Kansas State University Libraries. She is responsible for the creation of web-based learning objects and environments aimed at improving the information literacy of the university community. She leads the award-winning New Literacies Alliance, an inter-institutional information literacy consortium dedicated to creating institutional, technological, and vendor-agnostic online lessons. She administers the LibGuides system and standards at K-State, and is a member of the Game Design team responsible for several campus Alternate Reality Games. Joelle consults on the use of the Canvas Learning Management System and the Qualtrics survey system, and implemented the technical infrastructure for large-scale flipped classroom activity. Her research interests include distance education and e-learning theory and design, library user experience, academic collaboration, as well as the design and implementation of games-based learning environments. She has published and presented on these topics at the national and international level.

Nicole Pagowsky is a Research & Learning Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at the University of Arizona. She also co-coordinates First-Year Experience initiatives as a liaison to the Writing Program, online learning, general education, and student retention and success. Nicole is a co-editor of the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbooks out soon with ACRL Press, and is an invited instructor for both the UofA School of Information LIS 581 course on information literacy instruction and ALA Instructional Design Essentials. Her research interests center on pedagogy, critical approaches to library instruction, learning theory, and librarian identity as educators. Nicole is the 2016 recipient of the ACRL University Libraries Professional Development Award and holds her MS in Instructional Design and Technology (and MLIS) from the University of Arizona. Her BA in Communication Science and Rhetorical Studies is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Find her on Twitter as @nope4evr

Sara D. Miller is the Librarian for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Initiatives at Michigan State University, supporting and facilitating the development of MSU teacher librarians and pursuing information literacy-related participation in campus initiatives. Sara works with first-year writing students in the information literacy classroom, and has previously served as MSU’s Head of Information Literacy, co-facilitated faculty learning communities focusing on writing and inquiry within disciplines, and worked with the University Committee on Liberal Learning in the development of MSU’s Undergraduate Learning Goals rubrics.  Sara has published and presented internationally with librarians and disciplinary faculty on the intersections of writing, rhetoric, and information literacy. Her current research focuses on critical pedagogy and practice.

Amanda Nichols Hess is the eLearning, Instructional Technology, and Education Librarian at Oakland University Libraries. In this role, she works with her colleagues to develop the Libraries' diverse and user-focused online learning offerings; she is also responsible for delivering professional learning offerings aimed at building librarians' capacity to integrate instructional design and technology into information literacy instruction. Amanda is the liaison librarian to OU's School of Education and Human Services, where she maintains an active teaching presence. Her research focuses on information literacy instruction, instructional design / technology, and the intersection of these practices into faculty development. She has shared her research on these ideas at ACRL and in journals including portal, College & Research Libraries, and the Journal of Academic Librarianship.