The CDL, with the endorsement and assistance of SOPAG, is sponsoring a workshop this September aimed at instruction and reference practitioners responsible for teaching new and new versions of Abstracting and Indexing databases and other digital information discovery resources. Randy Hensley, Public Services Division Head at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Libraries, past chair of ACRL Instruction Section, and a faculty member at the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program, will lead the workshop, which will be offered in both Northern and Southern California.

The sessions will create opportunities for participants to explore ways to teach concepts within the context of the A&I database transitions [see documentation at [], and to develop techniques to support self-directed learning.  The concept of learning transfer, the process by which students recognize elements from past experience and modify or apply these elements to new situations, and the role of public service staff as teacher in this process, will also be explored.  The role and use of the Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education to develop learning objectives and assessment will be investigated as well.

The workshops will emphasize the practical; practice, experience and application, so that participants will leave having begun to re-design their instructional approaches.  In order to engage all attendees fully in this process, the number of participants will be limited to 60 at each site.

A small planning committee for the workshop is comprised of Cathy Palmer (I), Patty Iannuzzi (B), Gabriella Gray (LA), and Ellen Meltzer (CDL), all members of the A&aamp;I Transition Steering Committee (TSC).

September 10, 2001, Northern California
September 12, 2001, Southern California

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Continental breakfast, breaks and lunch included

Selection process: Under SOPAG leadership campuses will send staff who are responsible for teaching users how to discover, manipulate, evaluate, and interpret the information provided by A&I databases, within the constraints of the attendance