We recently announced that we will be attending ACRL 2013 and wanted to share more exciting news related to the conference.

Win a Free SAILS Test Administration!

We are looking forward to speaking with academic librarians from across the nation. As an added incentive for visiting our booth, we are giving away one free SAILS test administration to a new client. This prize is valued up to $4,000! Make sure you stop by Booth 1320 to receive your entry instructions. The winner will be selected on May 1, 2013.

Thank You to Our Customers!

Another hope for having a booth at ACRL 2013 is that we will be able to connect with our current customers and answer any questions, provide additional ideas for how to apply test results to your institution, and meet you in person.

We know you will be busy attending sessions, networking with other academic librarians, and enjoying all the Indianapolis has to offer but we would love to have you stop by our booth, Booth 1320, so we could give you a special “Thank You” gift (one gift per institution that has administered a SAILS test). We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but there just might by a Starbucks gift card included along with a coupon toward your next test administration with Project SAILS!

If you will not be attending ACRL 2013, but have a colleague from your institution attending please send them to our booth to collect our “Thank You” gift to you.

Schedule a Time to Meet With Our Information Literacy Librarian!

We can meet with you individually to talk about your information literacy assessment needs. Let's discuss what it would take to implement SAILS at your school. Our information literacy librarian, Carolyn Radcliff, has extensive experience and knowledge of information literacy assessment options and she is available to meet with you. Just fill out the online form and she will be in touch to set up a time with you.

Project SAILS is attending ACRL 2013. Are you?

If you are, then you should consider attending one of the many sessions focused on information literacy and assessment. Below is a list of programs that caught my eye as I scoured the conference program. I plan to attend as many of them as possible but will also be busy talking with visitors to our booth. I hope to see you at Booth 1320. Get a jump on the crowds and schedule a time to meet with me.

I intended this list to focus on assessment, but I just couldn’t help highlighting other programs that sound amazing and innovative. Click on the program title to see more information on the ACRL conference website. You can also plan the sessions you will attend with ACRL’s easy “My Planner” tool.

(Note, I did not include any of the free workshops here – they are filling up so fast and I didn't want you to be disappointed if you didn’t get a spot.)

Enjoy! And hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Questioning Authority: Standard Three and the Critical Classroom
Presenters:
Emily Drabinski, Reference and Instruction Librarian, LIU Brooklyn
Jenna Freedman, Barnard College
Lia Friedman, Director of Learning Services, UC San Diego Library

The One-Shot Mixtape: Lessons for Planning, Delivering, and Integrating Instruction
Presenters:
Megan Oakleaf, Assoc. Professor, Syracuse Univ.
Steven Hoover, Senior Asst. Librarian, Syracuse Univ.
Jennifer Corbin, Head, Center for Library User Education, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane Univ.
Debra Gilchrist, Vice President, Learning and Student Success, Pierce College
Randy Hensley, Head of Instruction, Baruch College
Christopher Hollister, Assoc. Librarian, Univ. at Buffalo
Michelle Millet, Library Director, John Carroll Univ.
Beth Woodard, Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Disciplinary Literacy in First-Year Writing Courses: A Collaborative Context For Critical Information Literacy Instruction
Presenters:
Sara D. Miller, Head of Information Literacy, Michigan State Univ. Libraries
Nancy C. DeJoy, Assoc. Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Michigan State Univ.
Benjamin M. Oberdick, Information Literacy Librarian, Michigan State Univ.

Pilot Study Examining Student Learning Gains Using Online Information Literacy Modules
Presenters:
Corinne Bishop, Information Literacy Librarian, Univ. of Central Florida
Francisca Yonekura, Asst. Department Head, Center for Distributed Learning, Univ. of Central Florida
Patsy Moskal, Assoc. Director, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness, Univ. of Central Florida

Embracing ‘Troublesome Knowledge’: Information Literacy Threshold Concepts in the Natural Sciences
Presenters:
Alison Ricker, Science Librarian, Oberlin College
Moriana Garcia, Natural Sciences Liaison Librarian, Denison Univ.
Deborah Carter Peoples, Science Librarian, Ohio Wesleyan Univ.

Making IL Relevant: Inspiring Student Engagement through Faculty-Librarian Collaboration
Presenters:
Meggan Smith, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Gettysburg College
Kayla Lenkner, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Gettysburg College
Amy Dailey, Asst. Professor, Health Sciences, Gettysburg College
Kelly Ruffini, Class of 2013, Gettysburg College

Visible Thinking: Using Course-Integrated Research Narratives to Engage Students and Assess Learning
Presenters:
Melanie Sellar, Education Services Librarian and Asst. Professor, Information Literacy, Marymount College
Robert Detmering, Asst. Professor and Teaching & Reference Librarian, Univ. of Louisville
Anna Marie Johnson, Assoc. Professor and Head, Reference and Information Literacy Dept., Univ. of Louisville

Project Information Literacy: What Can Be Learned about the Information-Seeking Behavior of Today's College Students?
Presenter:
Alison Head - Executive Director, Project Information Literacy

Impact of AAC&U’s Liberal Education & America’s Promise (LEAP) Initiative on Information Literacy Programs
Presenters:
Elizabeth Dolinger, Information Literacy Librarian, Mason Library
Brooke Gilmore, Information Literacy Librarian, Southern New Hampshire Univ.

What’s in a Name?: Information Literacy, Metaliteracy, or Transliteracy
Presenters:
Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, Univ. at Albany
Thomas Mackey, Dean, Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College

The ERIAL Project:  Findings, Ideas and Tools to Advance Your Library
Presenter:
David Green - Assoc. University Librarian for Collections and Information Services, Northeastern Illinois Univ. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Becoming Catalysts in Exceptional Research and Learning: The Intersections of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication
Presenters:
Erin Ellis, Head of Instructional Services, Univ. of Kansas
Joyce Ogburn, Univ. of Utah
Kevin Smith, Duke University

Creating a Culture of Assessment: Determinants of Success
Presenters:
Meredith Farkas, Head of Instructional Services, Portland State Univ.
Lisa Hinchliffe, Coordinator of Instruction and Information Literacy Services, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Amy Harris Houk, Information Literacy Program Coordinator and Reference Librarian, Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro

Feeling our way: Emotional intelligence and information literacy competency
Presenters:
Miriam Matteson, Asst. Professor, Kent State Univ. - School of Library and Information Science, Columbus, OH
Omer Farooq, Student, Kent State Univ., Columbus, OH

Methods Behind the Instructional Madness: Assessing and Enhancing Learning through Portfolios, Mapping and Rubrics.
Presenters:
Natalie Tagge, Instruction Librarian, Claremont Colleges
Sean Stone, Science Librarian, Claremont Colleges
Char Booth, Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian, Claremont Colleges

“How is this different from critical thinking?”: The risks and rewards of deepening faculty involvement in an information literacy rubric.
Presenters:
Danya Leebaw, Reference and Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences, Carleton College
Kristin Partlo, Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences & Data, Carleton College
Heather Tompkins, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Carleton College

Becoming A Campus Assessment Leader: Collaborating for campus wide IL assessment
Presenter:
Larissa Gordon, Reference Librarian, Arcadia Univ.

Just-in-time Instruction, Regular Reflection, and Integrated Assessment: A Sustainable Model for Student Growth
Presenters:
Jill Gremmels, Leland M. Park Director of the Davidson College Library
Shireen Campbell, Professor of English, Davidson College

Caught In The Act: Video Classroom Observation
Presenters:
Anne Deutsch, Librarian, SUNY at New Paltz - Sojurner Truth Library
Brooks Doherty, Dean, General Education, Rasmussen College

Quest for Engagement: Innovative Library Instruction with Games-Based Learning
Presenters:
Maura Smale, Assoc. Professor, Information Literacy Librarian, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Mary Snyder Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian, Lycoming College
Scott Rice, Digital Initiatives and Emerging Technologies Librarian, Appalachian State Univ. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Answering 'how' and 'why' questions of library impact on undergraduate student learning
Presenter:
Derek Rodriguez, Principal Investigator, The Understanding Library Impacts Project

Choosing and Using Assessment Management Systems: What Librarians Need to Know
Presenters:
Jackie Belanger, Research and Instruction Librarian/Assessment Coordinator, Univ. of Washington Bothell/Cascadia Community College
Megan Oakleaf, Assoc. Professor, Syracuse Univ.

Imagining the Future of Library Instruction: How Feminist Pedagogy Can Transform the Way You Teach and How Students Learn
Presenters:
Maria T. Accardi, Coordinator of Instruction, Indiana Univ. Southeast
Emily Drabinski, Reference and Instruction Librarian, LIU Brooklyn
Alana Kumbier, Reference Librarian, Wellesley College

Building an Instruction Arsenal: Using Standardized Elements to Streamline Class Planning and Ease Student Learning Assessment Across the Curriculum.
Presenters:
Kevin Seeber, Library Instruction Coordinator, Colorado State Univ.-Pueblo
Jessica Critten, First Year Programs Librarian, Univ. of West Georgia