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Building Capacity for Information Literacy
Through Wisdom, Courage, and Humor


Wednesday, December 3 (optional information literacy consultations with Mary and an evening workshop dinner) and Thursday, December 4, 2014 (presentation)

Mary MacDonald

Mary MacDonald is professor and Head of Instructional Services at the University Libraries, University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island. In 1999 she co-authored the Plan for Information Literacy at the URI and co-designed the Library's 3-credit information literacy courses, LIB120: Introduction to Information and LIB 220: Issues of the Information Age. She serves on the university-wide Teaching Effectiveness Committee and the Learning Outcomes Oversight Committee and the URI Library Curriculum Committee. She established and is coordinator of the Rhode Island Library Association’s Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART). She joined the ACRL Immersion faculty in 2006 and has facilitated Program Track and Intentional Teacher Track. She was co-recipient in 2006 of the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation in Instruction Award. She is co-author of Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Practical Standards Based Exercises (ALA Editions 2010) and of Creating a Comprehensive Information Literacy Plan (Neal-Schuman 2005). In 2013, Mary was awarded the University of Rhode Island Faculty Senate Faculty Outstanding Service Award for her work as "the foremost proponent of Information Literacy on campus, developing awareness of this crucial skill for the 21st Century for the entire University." The Association of College and Research Libraries recently recognized URI's Information Literacy Plan for multiple Best Practices: "Goals and Objectives," "Articulation within the Curriculum," and "Pedagogy." Mary was instrumental in developing and implementing this award-winning program.

Workshop Abstract
Topic: Building Capacity for Information Literacy Through Wisdom, Courage, and Humor

Many academic librarians are engaged in delivering information literacy instruction programs in support of students' development of information literacy competencies. However, we continue to tangle with the challenges of building capacity for our programs in order to reach as many students as possible in the most effective manner. We must move information literacy plans of actions along a steady path forward, continually articulating, adjusting, reframing, and realigning the program plan as institutions and curricula grow and change. Learn to identify the drivers, variables and factors that can propel and sustain your ideas into a program that fits your campus or institution needs and will take you from dreams to reality. By examining current IL program efforts, including the application of Metaliteracy and threshold concepts, we'll use wisdom to ask the hard questions, courage to know when to take risks or to hold the line, and humor to celebrate and support us in moments of challenge and reward, participants will practice and investigate steps for growing capacity of their information literacy programs.

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 (prior to or on November 2): $95 (students: $60)
Regular (November 3 - December 1): $150 (students: $75)
Onsite (December 2 - December 4): $200 (students: $100)
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, December 3
1:00 - 5:00 pm: consultations with Mary
6:00 pm: Dinner: the Odin Dining Room, Norsemen Inn - 6505-48 Ave

Thursday, December 4
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, December 3. The deadline for consultation requests is November 3. 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, November 7. 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.

We would advise against making travel arrangements, including booking flights, until your consultation has been confirmed.

Transportation Options
The deadline for transportation requests is Monday, November 3. 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

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. We will attempt to accommodate travelers arriving and departing between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm the day before, the day of, and the day after the workshop. For other times, please inquire at 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, Dec. 4. 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 will be available to the first 14 registrants who request it.

Transportation between the Workshop and the Super 8 in Camrose
If you are staying at the Super 8 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 Super 8 Camrose ($119.00/night). The Ramada Camrose is undergoing renovations. 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 December 3 dinner at the Norsemen Inn, here are your menu options:

  • Turkey Cashew Salad
  • Chicken Fettuccini
  • Soup and Salad Bar
  • Vegetable Pasta
  • 8 oz. Sirloin Steak*
  • Salmon Filet with Hollandaise Sauce*
  • (*Side choices include: mashed potatoes, fries, steamed rice, tossed salad, Caesar salad or baked potato).

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.