Call for Nominations: Instruction Section Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

The ACRL Instruction Section is now accepting nominations for the prestigious Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian of the Year Award. This award recognizes an individual librarian who has made an especially significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose pioneering efforts in the field of bibliographic instruction led to the formation of the ACRL Instruction Section.


A plaque and a $1000.00 cash award, sponsored by the Instruction Section, are presented during the Instruction Section program at the ALA Annual Conference.


Nominees should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following areas:

  • Planning and implementation of an academic instruction program in a library environment that has served as a model for other programs nationally or regionally
  • Production of a body of research and publication that has a demonstrable impact on the concepts and methods of teaching and information-seeking strategies in a college or research institution
  • Sustained participation in organizations, at the regional or national level, devoted to the promotion and enhancement of academic instruction in a library environment
  • Promotion, development, and integration of education for instruction in ALA accredited library schools or professional continuing education programs that have served as models for other courses and programs


Electronic submissions are required. Nominations must include the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of the nominee with a letter of support detailing the nominee’s qualifications for the award. Additional letters of support are encouraged, up to three will be considered.

Nominators: Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.

E-mail the nomination to IS Miriam Dudley Award Chair, Mark Szarko, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), T: (617) 258-8022, E-mail:

Note: Nominees will be judged on an individual basis. This award cannot be given to a pair or group of individuals.

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2015

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Call for Proposals: ACRL IS Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum

The IS Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum is an excellent opportunity for instruction librarians to explore and discuss topics related to library instruction and information literacy. The steering committee welcomes proposals from individuals who are interested in convening this discussion online after the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting (mid-to-late January).

If you would like to share your knowledge, help your peers learn from one another, and spark a lively conversation, submit a proposal to lead the IS Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum today. Multiple proposals are accepted.

Application Deadline: October 16, 2015

To submit a proposal, please use the online submission form.

Applicants will be notified by November 6, 2015

For more information, view the digests of past discussions online.


Contact the ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee Chair, Nancy Fawley (, or Vice-Chair, Kathy Magarrell (


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Advance your career! Advance your profession! Join the ACRL/IS Mentoring Program!

Do you want to share your professional library instruction experience? Do you want to lead and build a relationship with a new colleague? Feel the need for some professional mentoring? Do you feel you need to develop your library instruction skills, methods, and resources more fully? Then consider becoming a mentor or mentee for the 2015-2016 ACRL/IS Mentoring Program!

The purpose of the ACRL Instruction Section Mentoring Program is to contribute to the professional development of academic librarians who teach information literacy by pairing librarians experienced in teaching with librarians new to instruction or to the Instruction Section. Mentors should have a passion for instruction and experience in this field. Mentees should be librarians seeking to improve their instruction skills and knowledge. In order to create mentor/mentee pairs by the beginning of the Fall Semester, we ask that you fill out our online application by September 15, 2015.

ACRL and Instruction Section membership are required to apply.
Mentor applicants, please use this form.
Mentees, please use this form.

This program creates a forum for learning opportunities, networking, and the exchange of ideas between paired mentors and mentees about instruction and information literacy.Conference attendance is not required. In fact, much of the mentoring takes place outside of scheduled conferences. You can advance your expertise and help the profession into the future by joining the ACRL/IS Mentoring Program. Please apply!

If you have questions about the ACRL Instruction Section Mentoring Program, please contact the Committee Chair, Kelly Diamond (, or visit the IS Mentoring Program for more information.

Complete URLs:

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IS Seeks Liaison to the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience

The ACRL Instruction Section (IS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (through July 2018) as the ACRL liaison to the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience.  Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between the National Resource Center and ACRL in order to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and IS.

About the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience

The National Resource Center’s mission reads: “Building upon its history of excellence as the founder and leader of the first-year experience movement, the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition serves education professionals by supporting and advancing efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education. We achieve this mission by providing opportunities for the exchange of practical and scholarly information as well as the discussion of trends and issues in our field through the convening of conferences and other professional development events such as institutes, workshops, and online learning opportunities; publication of scholarly practice books, research reports, a peer-reviewed journal, electronic newsletters, and guides; generating, supporting, and disseminating research and scholarship; hosting visiting scholars; and maintaining several online channels for resource sharing and communication, including a dynamic website, listservs, and social media outlets.”  For more information about the organization, please visit or contact the previous liaison Anne-Marie Deitering (

Deadline for Applications

September 18

Submission Requirements

Nominees must submit:

  • A letter of application articulating qualifications to Mark Szarko, IS Past Chair-Person (
  • A current vita


  • Liaison attends the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience (organized by the National Resource Center), which takes place in February.
  • Attendance at ALA Midwinter or Annual Conferences is optional.
  • Liaison must be willing to advocate for the importance of school and academic libraries in student learning and successful transitions.
  • Liaison should effectively share information about ACRL strategic initiatives and agendas to the NRCFYE.
  • Liaison will regularly report back to ACRL and the Instruction Section about upcoming NRCFYE events and initiatives.



  • Current member of IS and ACRL
  • Experience working with first year students
  • Demonstrated interest in quantitative research in higher education
  • Interest in coordinating activities to increase interaction between the National Resource Center, ACRL, and IS
  • Financial support to attend the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience for the length of the three-year term if not funded by ACRL (Note:  Liaison may apply for up to $1500 in conference funding from the Liaison Grants Committee, but funding is not guaranteed)
  • Experience with or interest in outreach and advocacy to campus stakeholders engaged in the first-year experience movement
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Record of serving IS and/or ACRL on committees, task forces, etc.
  • Advanced degree or credential in teaching
  • Experience conducting research on the first-year experience

If you have any questions about the process, please contact IS Past Chair-Person Mark Szarko at

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IS Current Issues Discussion Group @ ALA Annual 2015

Where to Begin? Advice to Instruction Librarians for Building Strong Relationships With Faculty

Saturday, June 27th
4:30pm – 5:30pm
MCC 200-212

Discussion Convener: Amy Wainwright, Outreach and Student Engagement Librarian, John Carroll University

Building strong relationships with faculty is an important first step to creating a healthy and flourishing instruction program at your library. This discussion hopes to address many of the current issues and roadblocks associated with developing these partnerships and introduce communication building strategies and reflective teaching methods that will empower librarians to construct more robust instruction programs on their campuses.

For more information, and recommended readings, review the discussion digest.

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Preconference Workshop @ ALA Annual 2015

The Instruction Section is sponsoring a pre-conference workshop at ALA Annual, for the first time in many years. See below for details and visit thewebsite for additional information.

Reflective Teaching: Self-evaluation to assess and improve your teaching practice

Friday, June 26, 1-4 pm

Workshop leaders: Wendy Holliday and Anne-Marie Deitering

Reflection is a central component of effective teaching practice and successful student learning. But reflection can sometimes seem fuzzy, without purpose, and lack connection to larger program goals. In this three-hour workshop, participants will learn techniques and strategies for more structured and intentional reflection. Participants will learn how to identify, articulate, and diagnose teaching and learning “problems” that they encounter in the classroom, analyze their role as a teacher in that situation, and then apply techniques of reflective practice to address those learning problems and improve student learning. Participants will also explore collaborative reflective practices in order to build reflective practice into their instruction programs.


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