ACRL Announces New Immersion Program Facilitators

ACRL is pleased to announce the selection of Veronica Arellano Douglas, Ashleigh Coren, Carlos Duarte, Michelle Gohr, Sofia Leung, Jessie Loyer, and Rachel McCaskill as the newest facilitators for the 4.5-day Immersion Program. Veronica, Ashleigh, Carlos, Michelle, Sofia, Jessie, and Rachel join the current program facilitator team in shaping the curriculum and facilitating the program.

  • Veronica Arellano Douglas is the Instruction Coordinator at the University of Houston.
  • Ashleigh Coren is the Special Collections Librarian for Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Carlos Duarte is the Outreach & Intergeneration Librarian at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
  • Michelle Gohr is the First Year Experience Librarian at Arizona State University.
  • Sofia Leung is the Teaching and Learning Program Manager and Librarian for Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT Libraries.
  • Jessie Loyer is a Librarian at Mount Royal University.
  • Rachel McCaskill is the Instruction and Academic Engagement Librarian at St. Norbert College.

“The committee is very excited about this new cohort of Immersion facilitators,” said Anne Behler, chair of the selection committee. “They represent a unique set of personal and professional experiences, and will add important voices to the Immersion Program as they continue to evolve and grow the curriculum to meet the professional development needs of today’s librarians.”

Now in its twentieth year, the 4.5-day Immersion Program is 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. Complete details are available online.