Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Call for Chapters - casebook on online information literacy programs

Call for Chapters - casebook on online information literacy programs

You are invited to submit proposals for chapters for a forthcoming casebook on online information literacy [IL] programs. The book, to be published by ACRL, will be edited by Michael F. Russo and Alice L. Daugherty, librarians who have taught information literacy online.

The goal of the book is to identify and present significant and innovative online instruction programs in a straightforward, narrative way, focusing on the development, implementation, and assessment of each institution’s online information literacy instruction effort. We are not looking for research papers. We are looking for your experience. By pooling the experiences of numerous institutions and programs, large and small, we hope to provide a bank of knowledge that would serve as a resource to other institutions currently teaching IL online, as well as to those contemplating it.

Prospective authors are invited to submit chapter proposals of 250-500 words, by e-mail (Word document or plain text), to Alice L. Daugherty on or before Sept. 30, 2006. In their proposal, prospective authors should conceive a chapter of approximately 15 pages that will touch on the following:

• Rationale: What prompted your institution to begin online IL instruction?
• Content: What did you want your students to learn and to what depth?
• Development: What problems did you encounter in creating the structure of your instruction program, and how did you solve them? What form did your program ultimately take?
• Instruction: What do you actually do in the virtual classroom? How do you communicate with students? How do you create a sense of community? How do you teach? How do you assess your students?
• Program Assessment: Is the program working? How do you know? Was online instruction more or less effective than classroom instruction in any way? How do you know whether the students are using the IL skills you’re teaching them?
• Lessons Learned: As you developed and implemented your program, what worked and what didn’t? What glitches did you encounter? How did you solve the problems that popped up? What changes in the program did you or would you make, based on what you’ve learned?

We would like to delve into the range of online IL instruction, from tutorials concerning specific aspects of IL to fully-developed credit courses.

Please include some information about yourself, including your experience developing or implementing IL instruction and information about your institution, such as its size and type or Carnegie classification as well as any other information you may think relevant.

Authors will be notified of the status of their proposals and sent chapter organization guidelines by October 31, 2006. Deadlines for accepted manuscripts will be February 28, 2007.

Please use “Casebook” in the subject line of all correspondence.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Michael F. Russo

Alice L. Daugherty