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Release: May 8, 2000

UI librarian selected for national program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Marsha Forys, University of Iowa Libraries coordinator of user education and reference librarian, was recently selected to attend "Immersion 00" through a national competition of the Association of College and Research Libraries Institute for Information Literacy.

Forys will spend nearly five days in Seattle, Wash., where she will focus on seminar learning designed for seasoned user education librarians to further develop, integrate or advance information literacy programs at their schools. A central program component is to help librarians learn how library instruction affects students' overall academic success.

"We are pleased that Marsha has been recognized by the Institute members for her work in user education," said Rebecca Johnson, interim head, Information, Research & Instruction Services.

"Information literacy has been identified as a priority in the UI Libraries strategic planning for the next several years, and this opportunity will enable Marsha to develop skills that she will be able to bring back to help us meet these goals."

Forys will also be among various others concentrating on the six program objectives: information literacy, leadership, learning theory, teaching, assessment, and program management. Seminar participants are expected to develop an action plan for implementation at their institution and for possible inclusion in a "best practices" report six months after the program ends.