ACRL offering preconferences on assessment, library instruction 2.0, and diversity facilitation

ACRL is offering three professional development preconferences in conjunction with the 2008 ALA Annual Conference. All preconferences will take place in sunny Anaheim on June 27, 2008. Registration is now open; registration materials are online at (click “Events & Conferences”).

  • “Assessment of Academic Library Effectiveness: Using ACRL Standards for Continuous Evaluation” (Friday, June 27, 2008, 8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m..): This full-day preconference will introduce the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education as a framework for assessing all academic libraries.
  • “Library Instruction 2.0: Building Your Online Instruction Toolkit,” (Friday, June 27, 2008, 8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.): In this preconference, explore the continuum of technologies available for web-based instruction, from proprietary screencasting software to open-source, “2.0” services and technologies. Become introduced to the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of Web 2.0, and gain practical, hands-on experience applying these principles to your teaching.
  • “Mindfully Resolving Conflicts: Facilitation for Diversity Issues” (Friday, June 27, 2008, 1:00 — 4:30 p.m.): This experiential preconference combines role play, training vignettes and exercises, and discussion to address issues such as racism and cultural differences. Participants, through mindful listening and inquiry, develop observation, intervention and facilitation skills for working with diverse communities.

Complete details about these preconferences are available online at (click “ACRL @ Annual”). The advance registration deadline is May 16, 2008.  Questions?  Contact