Sunday, December 26, 2004

Being immersed: Feedback from ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy's regional and national Immersion programs. I had the benefit of attending the ACRL Immersion program in 2002 when it was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I learned a lot and I also enjoyed the scenery. This article gives some feedback from the participants of 2004 Immersion program held in California.

From the site:

Summer 2004 was a banner year for information literacy in California as ACRL’s Institute for Information Literacy’s Regional Immersion Program was held here for the very first time. Immersion came to California thanks to the sponsorship and hard work of the Southern California Instruction Librarians group. A great big thank you also goes to the libraries at the Claremont Colleges for providing space for the program.

ACRL’s Immersion Program provides instruction librarians with the opportunity to work intensively for four-and-a-half days on all aspects of information literacy. The Immersion Program provides instruction librarians with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to help build or enhance an instruction program. The institute is taught by a faculty of nationally recognized librarians, and participation is limited to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation.

Four UCLA librarians (Cheryl Bartel, Patti Caravello, Aura Lippincott, and Pauline Swartz) joined 41 other California librarians plus 8 non-California librarians from as far away as Paris in an exciting, stimulating and exhausting immersion into the theory and practice of information literacy instruction. As one of the faculty who had the extreme pleasure of working with this amazing group, I can attest to the fact that it was a wonderful event and that a good time was had by all. Working with them made me proud to be able to call myself a California librarian.

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