Wednesday, October 21 (optional information literacy consultations with Sharon and an evening workshop dinner)
Thursday, October 22, 2015 (presentation)

Considering Implementation Options for ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education: Initiating Conversations, Collaborations, and Change

Sharon Mader, ACRL's Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy

Presenter Bio
Sharon Mader is the ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy, whose primary responsibility is to spearhead the launch and implementation of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Dr. Mader retired in early 2015 after fifteen years as Dean of Library Services at the University of New Orleans, after a rewarding career at a variety of public and private academic libraries, including University of Illinois Health Sciences, Lake Forest College, DePaul University, and University of Memphis. Her teaching background includes service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia and being a founding faculty member of the ACRL Immersion program.

Her professional activities include leadership roles in state, national, and international library associations, including the ACRL Instruction Section and most recently, as a member of the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education professional development training team and as chair of the IFLA Information Literacy Section.

Her educational background includes a BA in History from Oberlin College, an MLS from Rosary College, an MS in Education from University of Memphis, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Recent information literacy-related endeavors include co-authoring the IFLA Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Recommendations which were endorsed by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2013, and presenting a paper on "Using Threshold Concepts to Improve Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication Competencies of Doctoral Students" at the 2nd European Conference on Information Literacy in Dubrovnik, Croatia (October 2014).

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How are you using the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy?

For this year's workshop, we invited proposals for brief presentations outlining attendee's efforts to implement the Framework. For example, have they focused on a certain threshold concept in their teaching? Have they designed activities or assignments that complement the Framework? What challenges and/or benefits have they encountered?

We are pleased to announce that we received an excellent selection of presentation proposals.


Here are the successful F-Talks!


Workshop Abstract
Is life just the same now that the Framework is here as it was before? Do you think differently about information literacy and have you changed what you do? What is different about the Framework, and where can it take us? How does the Framework redefine the roles of librarians, teaching faculty, and students?

During this workshop, participants will explore and expand their understanding of the Framework and its essential foundations of conceptual understandings (essential questions and threshold concepts), metaliteracy, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Together we will consider Framework implementation examples and experiments that illustrate ways of engaging in deeper conversations about teaching and learning, cultivating collaborations, and contributing to change in the classroom, at our institutions, and across higher education.

Through workshop discussions and exercises, participants will take away a toolkit for a student learning framework that they can adapt for their own institutional settings.

Faith & Life Centre, Augustana Campus (Map), University of Alberta
Camrose (Map), Alberta (Map)
Printable driving directions with maps (PDF)

Parking is free, requires no permit, and is allowed in any parking lot stall on campus that does not have an electrical plug.
Camrose is approximately a one-hour drive south-east of Edmonton.

Target audience
Reference/instruction librarians, library administrators, teaching faculty, and graduate students in library and information studies.

Registration Fees
Early Bird (August 17 to September 17): $115 (students: $75)
Regular (Sept. 18 - Oct. 16): $165 (students: $100)
Onsite (Oct. 17 - Oct. 22): $200 (students: $125)
We are unable to provide refunds in the event of a cancellation. However, we would be happy to transfer your registration to another person attending from your institution.

Wednesday, October 21
1:00 - 5:00 pm: consultations with Sharon
6:00 pm: Dinner: Stockmen's Chophouse - 6404 - 48 Ave

Thursday, October 22
8:30 - 9:00 am: Registration
9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Workshop

We are pleased to offer workshop registrants the opportunity to meet with the workshop presenter for a 50-minute consultation regarding any aspect of student engagement in information literacy. These consultations will take place between 1:00 and 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 21. If demand warrants it, we will have consultations from 9:00 to 12 noon as well. The deadline for consultation requests is September 11. We cannot offer choice regarding what time your consultations will be, but we can guarantee that you will be informed of these details by Friday, September 18. There is a fee of $75 per registrant for a consultation, and we can accommodate multiple registrants from the same institution who wish to take part in the same consultation. Each interested person will register individually for the consultation session, noting additional intended persons with whom you wish to share a consultation. The consultation option will be available to the first 4 requests.

Please note, the consultations will be scheduled with start times between 9am and 4pm. If you are requesting a consultation and are flying to the workshop please do not book your flight until we have confirmed your consultation time. Depending on shuttle schedules, you may have to fly in on Tuesday.

Effective Friday September 18 registration for a consultation is not guaranteed. Please email augustana.libcirc@ualberta.ca prior to registering if you want to add this to your registration.

Transportation Options
The deadline for transportation requests is Friday, September 11. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet transportation requests made after this date. If you will need transportation, please select from the options below and contact us with any questions before registering or booking your flight

Effective Friday September 18 registration for online for transportation/shuttles is not guaranteed. Please email augustana.libcirc@ualberta.ca prior to registering if you want to add this to your registration. We will register you manually to accommodate this if there is still a space available

Transportation between Camrose and Edmonton International Airport
If you are flying in to Edmonton and staying in Camrose, we can make arrangements for your transportation between the Edmonton International Airport and Camrose. The cost is $25 CDN, roundtrip. Please specify on your registration form if you would like this service. Be sure to provide your flight details.Please see Transportation Schedule below. For other times, please inquire at augustana.infolit@ualberta.ca before booking your flight.

Transportation between Camrose and the University of Alberta in Edmonton
A shuttle will be provided for transportation between Edmonton and Camrose. This shuttle will depart from the Conference Centre (attached to Lister Hall) at the University of Alberta North Campus at 7:15 am on Thursday, Oct. 22. The shuttle will return to the Edmonton campus after the completion of the Workshop at 4:15 pm. The cost is $25 CDN, roundtrip. Please specify on your registration form if you would like this service. The shuttle space is limited.

Transportation between the Workshop and the Ramada or Canalta in Camrose
If you are staying at the Ramada or Canalta there will be free transportation to and from the Workshop. Please specify on your registration form if you would like this service.

Group rates are available at the the Ramada Camrose ($134.99/night) and at Canalta Camrose (formerly the Super 8) ($128.29/night). To book using the discounted rate, phone the hotel and cite "Augustana Library." The hotel provides convenient access both to Augustana and to the Norsemen Inn.

Workshop Dinner Options
For those who are registering, or considering registering, for the October 21 dinner at the Stockmen's Chophouse, here are your menu options: * Includes meal selection, taxes and gratuity but does not include any alcohol-based beverages (those will be paid by each individual at the restaurant).

  • Tangled Greens with Chef's Vegetable
  • Hand made Gnocchi and Chef's Vegetable
  • Steak Caprese Salad
  • Fish and Chips
  • Chicken Tenders with Soup, Salad or Fries
  • Burger with Soup, Salad or Fries
  • (**Dinner is limited to the first 20 registrants)

Past Workshops
Information on past workshops is available here.

Additional Information
Nancy Goebel, Head Librarian
Augustana Campus Library, University of Alberta
4901 46 Avenue
Camrose AB  T4V 2R3
ph: 780.679.1189
fax: 780.679.1594

The organizers of this workshop reserve the right to change the speaker, topic or structure of the workshop if required. Whenever possible, the decision to modify the program will be made in as many days as possible prior to the workshop date, and participants will be notified if changes are made.