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Release: March 18, 2002

UI Librarian selected for national instruction building program

Kathy Magarrell, instructional services librarian at the University of Iowa Libraries, has been chosen through a national competition to attend the Association of College and Research Libraries Institute for Information Literacy's "Immersion 2002" program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, this summer.

Immersion 2002 is designed to provide instructional librarians with the tools and techniques to help their institution build or enhance its instruction program. It involves over four days of intensive training and education in an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation.

Magarrell has been chosen to participate in the Librarian as 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 theory.

Marsha Forys, coordinator of Instructional Services at the UI Libraries, notes "Kathy's participation in the Immersion program will enhance the Libraries' Instructional Services. She will be exposed to some of the most current ideas concerning these issues, and will assist the Libraries in planning and development of future programs."

A faculty of nationally recognized librarians and scholars will be teaching the program. More information is available about the Immersion program and the Institute for Informational Literacy at http://www.ala.org/acrl/nili/immersion.html.