Full-day Preconferences: Wednesday, March 25 - 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Developing Research Questions, Methods, and Habits of Mind: A Workshop for Innovative and Sustainable Research 

This preconference is intended for librarians wanting to (re-)ignite their enthusiasm and engagement with scholarly research. Both experienced and new librarian researchers will gain new perspectives on their research as they practice developing and refining research questions, explore options for choosing research methods, and discuss ways to develop the habits of mind of creative, productive researchers. The workshop will be a combination of presentations, hands-on activities, small and large group discussions, and individual reflection.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and develop a strong research problem and research question; recognize the strengths and limitations of the three major categories of research methodologies: quantitative, qualitative, and critical/theoretical; and understand and respect the different types of knowledge which emerge from different research methodologies.
  • Discern habits of mind that will help facilitate success in creating and sustaining their research endeavours.
  • Recognize that they are a key part of creating and nurturing sustainable communities within and between academic libraries through research activities and collaboration.

Primary tag: Scholarly Communication

Presenters: Selinda Berg, Librarian, University of Windsor; Kristin Hoffmann, Head, Research and Instructional Services, University of Western Ontario; Heldi Jacobs, Information Literacy Librarian, University of Windsor

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Practical Approaches for Developing Data Management Services

This preconference will address the data management education needs of the library community. Through a sequence of modules, attendees will leave this session with knowledge of the diverse data management landscape, strategies to engage their campus communities, and a plan for starting or enhancing data management services. It is the intention that feedback from this session could be used to inform future ACRL educational and training opportunities for data management/curation. A basic understanding of the research lifecycle, scholarly communication, and the broad concepts of data management is preferred. Prior to the preconference, registrants will receive an email of suggested readings.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define data management as it relates to data information literacy in order to build upon existing information literacy pedagogy.
  • Develop a framework for determining the most appropriate scale for data management services based on institutional circumstances. 
  • Develop strategies for engaging faculty and students on data management issues in order to advance data information literacy.

Primary Tag: Professional/Staff Development

Presenters: Suzanna Conrad, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Cal Poly Pomona University Library; Patricia Hswe, Digital Content Strategist & Head, ScholarSphere User Services, Penn State University Libraries; Yasmeen Shorish, Science Librarian; James Madison University; Megan Toups, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, Trinity University; Amanda Whitmire, Assistant Professor & Data Management Specialist, Oregon State University Libraries

Half-day Preconferences: Wednesday, March 25 - 9:00 a.m - noon

Creating a Culture of Assessment: Norming rubrics to nurture IL instructional practice

Rubrics are powerful tools that provide structure to information literacy assessment. When multiple raters use a rubric, norming is crucial to facilitate agreement, identify misunderstandings, and minimize measurement errors. Facilitators will lead participants through norming a sample IL rubric, rating student work, and critiquing sample rubrics. We will conclude by examining the rubric creation process through the lens of our shared norming experience in order to provide essential hands-on practice for continued implementation.

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants will practice norming a rubric and rating student work in order to facilitate their use of rubrics in their own campus settings
  • Participants will examine and critique sample information literacy rubrics in order to develop rubrics in their own campus settings.
  • Participants will begin to draft a rubric in order to measure student learning in their own campus settings.
Primary Tag: Assessment

Presenters: Shana Gass, Research & Instruction Librarian, Towson University; Claire Holmes, Research & Instruction Librarian, Towson University; Lisa Sweeney, Research & Instruction Librarian, Towson University

If You Build It, They Will Come… and Succeed: Developing a Co-Curricular Workshop Series to Add Value to the Student Employee Experience

Academic libraries have a unique opportunity to contribute to the success of their student employees by teaching and developing skill sets necessary for students to be successful throughout their academic careers. This engaging workshop will provide participants with the framework and tools necessary to develop and implement a workshop program designed to supplement student employees’ learning experiences at their own institutions in order to contribute to student academic success.

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to articulate and justify the added value of a co-curricular workshop series designed specifically for student employees.
  • Participants will construct a framework for creating a co-curricular workshop series at their own institutions.
  • Participants will identify and establish a support group of peers from other institutions for the implementation and customization of a value adding program for student employees.

Primary Tag: Teaching & Learning

Presenters: Amy Hunsaker, Digital Initiatives Librarian, UNLV Reno; Amanda Melilli, Head, Curriculum Materials Library / Assistant Professor, UNLV; Rosan Mitola, Outreach Librarian/Assistant Professor, UNLV

New Leadership for New Times: Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency as Required Skills

No matter the academic context you work in, an effective leader needs to incorporate diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency into their leadership portfolio. Changing demographics within our nation and our academic institutions will require successful leaders to exercise these competencies in a multitude of settings. This interactive preconference focuses on assisting leaders, managers, prospective leaders in becoming more proactive with diversity, culturally competency and the art of inclusion within their work environment and leadership situations.

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants will come away with tools and concepts that strengthen their understanding of how key diversity is to the future success of libraries in order to better ensure thriving and robust organizations including learning new communication skills for themselves and with others that will prepare them for encouraging/supporting a more inclusive environment in their academic libraries/organizations.
  • Participants will understand the benefits of diversity in libraries as well as the pitfalls of homogenous organizations in order to make the case at their libraries for greater inclusion
  • Participants will be able to recognize how their own social identities influence their development of cultural competencies in order to be more effective leaders and collaborators

Primary Tag: Leadership & Management

Presenters: Camila Alire, Dean Emerita, University of New Mexico; Karen Downing, Education Liaison and Foundation & Grants Librarian, University of Michigan; Leo Lo, Research and Development Librarian, Kansas State University; Janice Welburn, Dean, Marquette Libraries

Tutorials Toolkit: Creating Sustainable Library Instruction

Through a variety of interactive activities, attendees will develop the concepts, framework, and skills needed to create a cohesive and sustainable suite of online video tutorials. Participants will be guided through the process by a team of librarians and the Creative Director of a professional video company with whom the librarians partnered on a two year grant project. Attendees will leave the workshop with a toolkit to craft their own collection of information literacy tutorials.

Learning outcomes:

  • Through a series of hands-on exercises, participants will be able to build a suite of complementary online video tutorials that can be used at their institutions as a sustainable mode of library instruction.
  • Participants will be able to translate student learning outcomes into outlines for videos that address both threshold concepts and concrete skills.
  • Participants will be able to identify tutorial best practices in order to make tutorials accessible across learning styles, technologies, and disabilities.

Primary Tag: Teaching & Learning

Presenters: David Cole, Creative Director, Fly Machine Picture Co.; Michelle Guittar, Social Sciences Librarian, Northeastern Illinois University; Molly Mansfield, Access Services and Information Services, Northeastern Illinois University; James Rosenzweig, Education Librarian, Northeastern Illinois University; Mackenzie Salisbury, Librarian, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; Kimberly Shotick, MLRC Coordinator, Information Services Librarian, Northeastern Illinois University

Registration Fees

Separate registration fee required.  Due to limited space, preconference registrations cannot be confirmed until we have received and process payment.

(PC01) Developing Research Questions, Methods, and Habits of Mind | (PC02) Practical Approaches for Developing Data Management Services | (PC03) Creating a Culture of Assessment | (PC04) If You Build It, They Will Come… and Succeed | (PC05) New Leadership for New Times | (PC06) Tutorials Toolkit: Creating Sustainable Library Instruction

Member Type

Full-Day Preconference Registration Fees

PC01, PC02

Half-Day Preconference Registration Fees

PC03, PC04, PC05, PC06

ACRL Personal Member $150 $125
ALA Member $200 $175
Nonmember $250 $225
Full-time Library School Student $95 $75
Retired ALA Member $95 $75
Nonsalaried/unemployed ALA Member $95 $75

How to Register

Register Online
Submit your ACRL 2015 registration via the online registration form.  Please note, you will need to log in to your ALA account or create a new one if you don't have an ALA profile.  Please expect to receive e-mail confirmation within 24 hours.  Registration questions should be directed to or call 800-974-3084; 847-996-5876 (international).
Register by Mail or Fax
Print off a copy of the ACRL 2015 Registration Form (PDF file) and mail or fax your completed form.  Please expect to receive an e-mail confirmation within three to five business days of receipt of your form.

Please note:

  • Name substitutions will not be allowed, nor can you give your preconference registration slot to another attendee.
  • An updated confirmation will be e-mailed to you once you have registered for a preconference.
  • Once a preconference reaches its attendance maximum, registration for that session will close.

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