The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) is one of the four goal-area committees that work with the ACRL Board as part of the ACRL Plan for Excellence.
SLILC meets in-person at Midwinter and Annual conferences as well as several virtual meetings per year. The committee is broken down into several project teams that work on special projects as determined by the work plan submitted to the ACRL Board each summer and is tied directly to the strategic plan.
If you have suggestions or questions about SLILC, please contact the current chair, Elizabeth Berman (2017-2018).
2017-2018 Work Plan
To oversee and implement ACRL’s Student Learning Initiative as described in the strategic plan. Work with the ACRL Board and other ACRL units to create a comprehensive approach to student learning and information literacy efforts including a) promote and facilitate professional development, publications, research, and advocacy related to information literacy and student learning; b) support the development of the ACRL student learning/information literacy website; and c) monitor and assess the effectiveness of the ACRL Student Learning Initiative.
- Challenge librarians and libraries to engage learners with information literacy skills in a way that is scalable and sustainable.
- Increase the impact of information literacy by forming strategic partnerships with relevant higher education organizations.
- Build capacity for librarians to collaborate with faculty and other campus partners in instructional and curricular design and delivery that will integrating information literacy into student learning.
- Articulate and advocate for the role of librarians in setting, achieving, and measuring institutional student learning outcomes.
Activities & Project Teams:
- Diversity & Inclusion in Instructional Design
- Build awareness of theories, practices, and educational frameworks (e.g. Universal Design for Learning, critical pedagogy, etc.) that can guide academic librarians in the design and creation of flexible learning environments and teaching approaches that accommodate learners from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
- Framework Community
- Foster a supportive community that invites and includes all librarians to engage with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.
- Framework Professional Development
- Develop a plan to design a professional development framework that highlights the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.
- IL Self-Studies for Institutional Accreditation
- Provide access to resources for instruction librarians in colleges and universities preparing to document and report information literacy initiatives as part of an institutional accreditation process.
- Intersections of IL and Scholarly Communication
- Support professional development framework that brings together the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy.
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- Build the capacity for librarians to engage in the practice of instructional and curricular design through dynamic, responsive content on the scholarship of teaching and learning; influence and change the landscape of information literacy instruction through the lens of professional teaching practices.
- Student Learning and Engagement
- Investigate and promote collaborations with the National Study of Student Engagement (NSSE) to analyze and understand trends in the Information Literacy Module data.
- Website Development
- Evaluate, assess, and redesign the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee website in order to promote excellent user experience.