Reflective teaching: Self-evaluation to assess and improve your teaching practice

The Instruction Section is sponsoring a pre-conference workshop at ALA Annual, for the first time in many years. Please see below for details and visit the website for additional information.

Reflective teaching: Self-evaluation to assess and improve your teaching practice

Friday, June 26, 1-4 pm

Workshop leaders: Wendy Holliday and Anne-Marie Deitering

Reflection is a central component of effective teaching practice and successful student learning. But reflection can sometimes seem fuzzy, without purpose, and lack connection to larger program goals. In this three-hour workshop, participants will learn techniques and strategies for more structured and intentional reflection. Participants will learn how to identify, articulate, and diagnose teaching and learning “problems” that they encounter in the classroom, analyze their role as a teacher in that situation, and then apply techniques of reflective practice to address those learning problems and improve student learning. Participants will also explore collaborative reflective practices in order to build reflective practice into their instruction programs.

Instructional Design Essentials

Instructional Design Essentials
with Nicole Pagowsky and Erica DeFrain

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, September 15, 2014


Get a foundation in instructional design. Experts Nicole Pagowsky and Erica DeFrain will help you hone your teaching skills and prepare you for your instructional needs. You will complete an instructional design plan for one of your upcoming workshops, courses, or tutorials, and will receive feedback on it from the instructors and fellow participants.

After participating in this eCourse, you will be able to:

Identify major principles of instructional design to apply to your teaching
Incorporate appropriate learning theories into your materials
Develop an assessment plan appropriate for your objectives
Select and effectively integrate appropriately matched technologies and teaching tools

Game-Based Learning in Library Instruction

Game-Based Learning in Library Instruction

Instructor: Scott Rice
Dates: August 4-29, 2014
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Price: $175

Gamification is a hot new buzzword in academic circles, but what does it mean, and what does it mean for librarians? This four week course will explore readings and research on the effectiveness of gaming, discuss ways in which librarians can use gaming in their own instruction, and survey gaming products and case studies of the use of games in instruction. The course aims to provide practical as well as theoretical knowledge and participants will leave the course with numerous resources to use to implement their own gaming strategies.

Scott Rice is the E-Learning and Digital Initiatives Librarian at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he works on producing, promoting, and assessing e-learning, as well as emerging technologies and other digital projects. His research interests include e-learning, mobile applications, and educational gaming. He is the co-editor of the book Gaming in Academic Libraries: Collections, Marketing and Information Literacy.

Course structure
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment info
You can register in this course through the first week of instruction. The “Register” button on the website goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If your institution wants to pay using a purchase order, please contact us to make arrangements.

Library Juice Academy
P.O. Box 188784
Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel. 218-260-6115
Fax 916-415-5446


Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction

Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction
with Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough

4-week facilitated eCourse
Beginning Monday, July 14, 2014


Faced with planning your one-shot library instruction, you no doubt feel hard-pressed to squeeze in all your library has to offer plus tips on the research process in a mere 50 minutes. Authentic learning with student interaction may seem unattainable. It’s not. The keys are communicating clearly with the course instructor, developing a realistic plan, and employing effective teaching strategies.

After participating, you will

develop effective communication and collaboration strategies in order to co-design information literacy sessions with course instructors
employ active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques in order to facilitate meaningful learning
match the best hands-on activities to the students’ stage in the research process in order to make information literacy instruction relevant and meaningful

Threshold Concepts- ALA Annual

Interested in learning more about threshold concepts? Check out the latest edition to the ACRL Instruction Section Research and Scholarship Committee’s “5 Things You Should Read About…” series.

“5 Things You Should Read About Threshold Concepts” highlights and summarizes 5 major articles on threshold concepts, ranging from foundational work to latest research.

Threshold concepts are the topic of this year’s IS Program at ALA Annual, so extra incentive to read up!

We hope this gives you a quick way to keep up with important trends in library instruction research and practice.


The Research &Scholarship Committee

Teaching Information Literacy to College Students

Teaching Information Literacy to College Students
Facilitated by Joanna M. Burkhardt

3-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, June 2, 2014


In this eCourse, Burkhardt draws from her bestselling book Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students to show you how to create challenging, engaging lessons and exercises that will give college students the foundation they need to distinguish between the easiest sources to find and the best sources to use.

After completing this eCourse, you’ll be able to

Understand the concept of Information Literacy and its importance in a modern college environment
Understand the pedagogy behind information literacy
Be able to create lessons and exercises that will engage, challenge and teach college students
Included in the price of the eCourse is the ALA eEditions e-book Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students, Second Edition, by Joanna M. Burkhardt and Mary C. MacDonald with Andrée J. Rathemacher.

Call for ACRL IS Current Issues Discussion Forum Proposals ALA Annual 2014

Call for ACRL IS Current Issues Discussion Forum Proposals for the

2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas

The IS Current Issues Discussion Forum is an excellent opportunity for instruction librarians to explore and discuss topics related to library instruction and information literacy. The steering committee welcomes proposals from individuals who are interested in convening this discussion in-person at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference.

If you would like to share your knowledge, help your peers learn from one another, and spark a lively conversation, apply to lead the IS Current Issues Discussion Forum today.

Application Deadline: March 14, 2014

To apply, complete the online submission form:

For inspiration, view the digests of past discussions online:

Questions? Contact Jennifer Knievel ( or Veronica Arellano (
ACRL IS Current Issues Discussion Group Steering Committee Co-chairs