Help Create New ACRL “Assessment in Action” Learning Community

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is seeking four smart, creative, and skilled individuals to help us shape a unique set of learning experiences for campus-wide teams. Are you someone who believes in the power of peer-to-peer learning and communities of practice? Are you skilled as an instructional designer or teacher with a philosophy based in the positive power of experiential learning? Then you might be the person we are looking for! Read on for details of our project, our criteria, and how to apply.

We invite applications from individuals who wish to participate in developing curriculum for the project “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA). In September 2012, ACRL was awarded a National Leadership Demonstration Grant of $249,330 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for this three- year project, undertaken in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).  The grant will support the design, implementation, and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy. 

ACRL is currently seeking applications, by 5 p.m. Central on November 8, 2012, to fill four positions:

  • One peer-to-peer instructional design expert to advise the curriculum design/facilitation team over a three-month period on approaches for building communities of practice. The successful expert advisor does not need to be an academic librarian or working within the higher education sector.
  • Three curriculum designers/facilitators to participate throughout the length of the 3-year project, virtually and in person, in designing and facilitating the yearlong experience for each of the cohorts. Successful curriculum designers/facilitators must be conversant with issues and challenges of libraries in higher education, and applicants from outside the library profession are invited to apply.

Three hundred colleges and universities of all types will be selected to participate in the AiA learning community (Year 1: 75 institutions; Year 2: 100 institutions; Year 3: 125 institutions). Each participating institution will identify a team consisting of a librarian and at least two additional team members as determined by the campus (e.g., faculty member, student affairs representative, institutional researchers, or academic administrator). The librarians will participate in a one-year professional development program that includes team-based activities carried out on their campuses. The institutional teams will participate in peer review and provide feedback about projects being developed by other participating teams. The projects will be documented and disseminated for use by the wider academic library and higher education communities. For more details about AiA see the project homepage.

The institutional teams for AiA will be selected through a competitive application process designed to ensure representation from an array of postsecondary institutions. Information about how to apply to participate in the first cohort will be available in January 2013.

For more information about these positions, see the full call for the peer-to-peer instructional design expert advisor and the curriculum designers/facilitators. If you have questions about these positions, the Assessment in Action project, or ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, please contact Kara Malenfant, ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives, at or (312) 280-2510.

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