Augustana Information Literacy - WorkshopSee Past Workshops

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 (workshop)

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."

Workshop Description
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, using 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 (Map), Augustana Campus, University of Alberta
Camrose (Map), Alberta (Map)
Driving Directions to Augustana
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
The workshop is directly relevant to reference/instruction librarians, library administrators, teaching faculty, and graduate students in library and information studies.

Registration Fees
Registration fees and deadlines TBA

Wednesday, December 3
1:00 - 5:00 pm: consultations with Mary
6:00 pm: Dinner

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

More information on Consultations, Transportation Options, and the Workshop Dinner will be available on this webpage in the coming months.

Past Workshops
Information on past workshops is available

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.