Welcome to the Instruction Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)! The Instruction Section is a community that seeks to help you improve your teaching and research related to information literacy.
What is IS?
The Instruction Section (IS) of ACRL enhances the ability of academic and research librarians to advance learning, teaching and research with respect to information literacy in higher education. IS is one of the 15 sections within ACRL.
Do you have questions about IS and its structure, getting involved, or our resources? To learn more, watch our most recent online orientation to help familiarize yourself with the Instruction Section! You can also check out recent IS newsletters.
In order to join IS, you have to be a member of both ALA and ACRL. ALA membership rates and ACRL membership rates vary as your career progresses, including student and early career options. When you pay for your ACRL membership, you can sign up for IS as one of your two free sections. Go to the Join ALA webpage and input your email address to begin the process of becoming a member, and the screens will walk you through your options for joining ACRL and IS.
There are a number of ways to get connected with other members of IS.
- No matter where you are in your career, the IS Mentoring Program is a great way to connect with instruction colleagues.
- Join the ACRL Instruction Section Community on ALA Connect.
- Explore past webinars on the ACRL YouTube channel and find upcoming ACRL Live Webcasts. These webinars and webcasts are free and available to all.
- Volunteer to serve within Instruction Section.
There are multiple resources available to help you in your teaching practices, including:
- Peer Reviewed Instruction Materials Online (PRIMO)
- ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox
- Selected List of Journals on Teaching & Learning
- Multilingual Glossary for Today’s Library User
- Information Literacy in the Disciplines Guides
- Instructional Technologies Tips and Trends
More pedagogy and technology resources can be found under the Instruction Tools & Resources tab. Interested in learning more about other teaching librarians? Check out the Featured Teaching Librarian posts on the IS site.
Want to dive deeper? Find professional development opportunities, including library instruction courses offered by accredited library schools.
If you are a student looking for resources and opportunities or are interested in becoming more involved, check out ACRL’s page for student members!