ACRL invites applications for new Immersion Assessment Track

ACRL’s Institute for Information Literacy (IIL) is pleased to announce a new addition to its popular Immersion program. Assessment Immersion Track: Assessment in Practice is intended for librarians 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.

Applications for the program are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is June 2, 2008.

The program approaches assessment from a learning-centered perspective, building upon the philosophy of “assessment-as-learning,” developed at Alverno College. Formative assessment will be emphasized to explore its role in instructional and curricular design, in librarian/faculty skill development, and in development of information literacy (IL) programs. Summative assessment tools will be explored along with strategies for determining their appropriate application.

Throughout the program, participants will work individually and cooperatively to extend their conceptual understanding of assessment and to expand their toolkit of practical assessment methods. Participants in this program will emerge with a broader understanding of assessment and how to use it as an important tool to guide evidence-based classroom, curriculum, and program development. During the program, 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 IL initiatives at their institutions.

Complete details about the program, including learning outcomes, are available at:

Dates and location
The program will be offered December 4 – 7, 2008, at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN. The Scarritt Bennett Center is located in the heart of Nashville within walking distance of Music Row, Vanderbilt University, area shops, and restaurants.

How to apply
While the program’s content will build upon the assessment curriculum presented in the Teacher and Program Tracks of the Immersion Program, previous participation is not required. Participation is limited to 45 to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. Preference will be given to individuals with at least five years instruction experience in an academic library.

Immersion Assessment Track applications must be submitted via the online application form by Monday, June 2, 2008. The application form and instructions are available at:

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 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.