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2019 Immersion Program
From Sunday, July 28, 2019
To Friday, August 02, 2019
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About Immersion '19

The ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program is an intensive 4 ½ day program designed for those who contribute to the educational role of libraries in higher education. Through a critical examination of information literacy, teaching and learning, and influence and leadership, the Immersion program curriculum aims to develop critically reflective practitioners who go on to enact change in their practice, projects, or personal and professional goals.

Without providing set templates or imposed solutions, Immersion calls upon participants to actively engage in critical reflective practice and apply new learning to the development of solutions and strategies that best meet their individual and institutional needs. Participants will engage with common readings, provocative questions, theoretical foundations, and practical tools. We use the term critical in two ways. First, the program will guide participants to interrogate the underlying and often hidden assumptions about teaching, learning, and information literacy that guide our thoughts and actions. Second, truly critical reflection requires a thorough examination of how systemic forms of inequality and oppression shape our institutions, our profession, our classrooms, and our relationships with each other. The program builds upon critical theory and praxis in education, libraries, and society in order to challenge inequities and promote social justice.

As a participant, you will apply your learning and reflection throughout the week to a specific change in practice that you identify prior to Immersion. Much of this work will take place in a cohort of fellow participants, where you will meet daily to apply and process your learning, as well as provide and receive feedback on your specific Immersion project. The culminating product of Immersion includes a description of your proposed change to practice and a reflective piece on how the collective work of the week influenced your thinking about that change.

The Immersion program is designed for participants with any level of experience in libraries. We invite anyone who would like to reflect upon, extend, and deepen their practice as an educator in libraries, regardless of particular job function or title, to co-create an engaged community of learners in partnership with the program facilitators.

This program is for you if:

  • You want to work closely with a group of co-learners and facilitators to critically examine why you do what you do in your educational role in libraries.
  • You are willing to be a co-learner and co-teacher, helping to build a learning community through honest and brave conversation throughout the week.
  • You would like to make some kind of change to your practice, ranging from a using a new approach in a classroom, to designing a new service or program, to creating a personal professional development plan.
  • You are committed to creating more equitable and just learning and working environments.

Program Outcomes

Immersion Program participants will:

  • Examine the educational role of librarians in higher education in order to appraise their own position and context of practice, including their institutional setting and larger systems of power and privilege.
  • Reflect on various conceptions of information literacy in order to develop and apply a personal and, when applicable, shared understanding of information literacy.
  • Examine and question underlying assumptions about teaching and learning in order to develop critically informed instructional practices.
  • Engage with theories of influence, change, and leadership in order to develop a critical perspective that addresses issues of power and privilege in higher education and fosters inclusive workplaces and communities.

Schedule-at-a-glance

Arrival Day (Sunday)Day 1
(Monday)
Day 2
(Tuesday)
Day 3
(Wednesday)
Day 4
(Thursday)
Day 5
(Friday)
  Critically Reflective Practice Information Literacy and Learning Influence and Leadership Synthesis and Feedback Culminating Experience
  Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
  Cohort Meeting
Keynote
Keynote
Applied work in cohorts
Small group discussion and workshops
Cohort Meeting
Keynote
Cohort Meeting
Reflection and individual work time
Cohort Meeting
Culminating Reflective Activity
  Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Program concludes by noon
Program and dorm check-in
 
Reflection time and applied work in cohorts Small group discussion and workshops
Reflection time

Small group discussion and workshops

Project feedback
Roundtables
Applied work in cohorts
 
Welcome Dinner and cohort meeting Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner/Social  

The program depends on active participation by all attendees. Previous attendees will tell you that engaged participation and interactions with colleagues are central to making Immersion an enriching and fulfilling experience. You will benefit most if you fully commit your time, including scheduled meals, during the duration of the program. In order to receive a certificate of completion, you must participate fully in the program activities, including pre-assignments. 

Immersion will kick-off with a welcome dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, 2019.  Program registration and dorm check-in will be held Sunday afternoon from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.  The program will conclude by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019. The full program schedule will be available later this spring. 

Location Chicago Illinois

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