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ACRL UpdateWednesday, November 29, 2006

ACRL Update
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

1. ACRL 13th National Conference Scholarships - deadline to apply is December 1, 2006
2. ACRL invites applicants for IIL Immersion '07 Program - deadline to apply December 1, 2006
3. Friday, December 1 is the deadline for ACRL Awards!
4. 2007 ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum

1. ACRL 13th National Conference Scholarships - deadline to apply is December 1, 2006
ACRL is offering 85 scholarships worth more than $45,000 to support participation in the conference for librarians, students, and support staff. There are five scholarship categories and all applications must be submitted online and received by December 1, 2006. See (click on "Scholarships") for more details. Scholarships support attendance at the ACRL 13th National Conference and most provide an additional travel stipend. Scholarships for the ACRL Virtual Conference are also available and provide unique opportunities for collaboration, learning, and networking online.

2. ACRL invites applicants for IIL Immersion '07 Program - deadline to apply December 1, 2006
ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy (IIL) invites you to apply for its first international Immersion program, which will be held at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, August 5-10, 2007. Immersion '07 will be four-and-one-half days of intensive training and education for academic librarians. Immersion '07 will provide you with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to help you build or enhance your instruction programs. A faculty of nationally recognized librarians will offer the program. Program sessions fall into two separate tracks:
TEACHER TRACK. This track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in enhancing, refreshing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy.

PROGRAM TRACK. This track focuses on developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Participants selected for the Program Track will develop individual case studies in advance of the Immersion program. Immersion participants will be expected to develop the case studies into an action plan for implementation at the home institution.

Complete details about Immersion '07 as well as the online application form and instructions are online at (Click "Immersion '07"). Acceptance to the Immersion Program is competitive; participation is limited to 90 individuals to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. The application deadline is Friday, December 1, 2006.

3. Friday, December 1 is the deadline for ACRL Awards!
With almost $34,000 donated annually by corporate sponsors, ACRL has and will continue to nominate, select, and honor the very best in academic librarianship. Members are an integral part of ACRL's successful awards program. ACRL urges members to nominate colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and growth as an academic librarian and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession.

More information, including submission procedures, past winners, criteria, and contact information, is available in the awards section of the ACRL Web site at

4. 2007 ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum
Be informed! Find out where the 2007 candidates for ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect stand on the important issues facing academic and research libraries and how they would lead ACRL into the future.

Please mark your calendars now to attend the ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum and luncheon at the ALA Midwinter Meeting on Sunday, January 21, 2007, in the Grand Ballroom I of the Westin Seattle from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Candidates Erika Linke, Associate Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, and Scott Walter, University Librarian for Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will share their views on academic and research libraries and ACRL.

Come with some questions for the presidential candidates and with an appetite for the delicious luncheon generously provided by EBSCO Information Services. See you there!


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