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Getting to Know the Process: ALEA, A Research Approach to Teaching Information Literacy
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1-2:30 PM EST

The webinar is free to all 2017 ACL Members. Due to limits there can only be one registration per institution. We encourage each library to reserve a conference room, project the webinar on a screen, and participate together. The webinar will be recorded and made available to all ACL members behind the member login on the website. 

Missed the live webinar? You can now view the webinar and resources.

Hear from two ACL members, Dianne Zandbergen and Michelle Norquist, regarding how they developed and implemented an information literacy instruction program at Kuyper College.

As librarians, you know what information literacy is, but how about your faculty and students? Would you like a different way of communicating information literacy concepts? Something memorable yet clear? Scholarly, yet approachable and possible? Best of all….free?!

Have you met ALEA? ALEA is a Kuyper College campus-wide initiative describing four steps of research. ALEA originated from the need to adjust current practices in teaching and assessing information literacy. It was born out of the desire to create a common language and process that could be used across disciplines and has proven to be an opportunity for campus-wide collaboration.

The goals of ALEA were:

  • to design a program that emphasized research as a valuable educational process
  • to encourage scholarship as a conversation
  • to be developmental
  • to provide multiple opportunities to practice and use IL/research skills

Find out how the Student Learning Outcome (SLO) of Information Literacy and ALEA was embraced, developed, and promoted by the Provost, Director of Assessment, Faculty members (including librarians) and the Director of Student Life. Learn how ALEA and IL is being embedded in Bible and Theology core and utilized in specific assignments. Come away with practical application for improving IL at your own institution. 

Contact confreg@acl.org with any questions.


Previous Virtual Event

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, ACL hosted its first Virtual Conference.  The theme of the conference was "Beyond 4 Walls: the role of the librarian in distance learning & online education".  The conference consisted of three dynamic speakers; Dr. Steven Bell, Dr. Fred Stielow, and Yvonne Mery.  The conference was a "sell-out" with 95 "seats" purchased.  Several attendees purchased a group rate, so we were able to reach approximately 150 attendees.  Some of the topics included: current threats to higher education, alternative models for education, such as open education, online classes, etc., user experience in online learning, marketing the library to online faculty, digital tutorials, and software programs that are available for online education.  While each speaker brought their unique perspective to the conversation, the overall theme of online learning was evident as a common goal for librarians.  Attendees were able to interact with each other and the speakers via a chat box, which added to the sense of community during the event. Overall, this was a very positive experience, and ACL is looking forward to hosting other events of this nature.

Comments from attendees:

"Three hours well-spent. Thank you ACL and presenters." Debbie

"Thank you, very informative." Gary

"Excellent first conference! Good job!" Jennifer

"WOW! Wonderful and informative. Lots to put into practice. Thank you, Yvonne!" Deborah

"Great virtual conference! Yay, ACL!" Susanna

"Thank you for putting together this conference! Very worthwhile!" Dianne

"Keep the online conferences coming!" Alan