Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) (45th : 2016)

Taking the show on the road : helping institutions implement the IL framework Burgess, Colleen; Shujah, Sarah


The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (IL) for Higher Education presents librarians with a unique challenge to the design and delivery of IL instruction at academic institutions. Also, it invites an opportunity for collaboration among librarians beyond their home institutions to study, engage, and counter its approach to IL. Through revision and feedback opportunities, threshold concept trainings and immersions, conferences and workshops, and now implementing the Framework in our institutions’ IL strategies, librarians are building partnerships to engage and contend with the Framework. The presenters, originally from TRY (Toronto, Ryerson, and York University Libraries), want to share their experiences with developing effective workshops that explore the Framework, that help implement the Framework in teaching, and build ideas for institutional IL strategies. Furthermore, they will introduce participants to a community generated, instructor led wiki where librarians can share examples for intersecting, implementing, and integrating the Framework pedagogy. By expanding beyond their home institutions, the presenters found intersections in their pedagogical approach to IL. They have collaborated on the Framework feedback process, and facilitated a fishbowl conversation on the Framework at the 2015 OLA Superconference. Recently, the pair ‘took the show on the road’ to establish partnerships with librarians across Ontario to build capacity in the theoretical approach to IL, analyzing the threshold concepts, and using the document to inspire a revitalized approach to IL. The presenters will discuss workshops that they have offered at York, University of Toronto, Western, and Carleton, including session plans, best practices for Framework workshops, lessons learned, and how librarians can join the community and bring the conversation to their institution. Participants will leave the session with IL workshops ideas to engage librarians with the Framework at their home institutions, best practices for developing workshops, and an enthusiasm to join the TRY wiki community.

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