New from ACRL – “Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs”


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures, Practices and Contexts”, edited by Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, Elizabeth Galoozis and Rebecca Halpern. This book brings together authors from a variety of diverse institutions detailing the day-to-day work of managing and coordinating information literacy programs and the soft skills needed to be successful in the role of coordinator.

Creating, executing, and coordinating an information literacy program requires not only the visible work of planning and teaching lessons, but a host of invisible mechanisms that make an entire program work. Hidden Architectures of IL Programs captures some of the tacit knowledge that IL Coordinators accumulate through trial and error and casual conversations with professional networks, and details IL program practices which are both innovative and the essential functions of our jobs.

In 39 chapters organized into five program types—teaching team model, subject liaison model, combination of teaching team and subject liaison models, solo librarian model, and credit course-based—the authors discuss the institutional context in which their work takes place, their collaborators, students, marketing and evaluation, and the many varied tasks they perform. Chapters examine the delicate balance between the division of labor, minimal or absent positional authority associated with making decisions and assignments, generating buy-in to programmatic goals and approaches, and maintaining positive relationships in the whole organization.

The hidden architectures of information literacy programs attempt to make all the work of the information literacy program visible, increase its importance, and encourage more scholarship on what might seem like the “boring” parts. of program development. This book is for graduate students new to IL programs, administrators who may never have taught an IL session, instructional librarians looking to get away from the everyday and to understand the depth and breadth of their curriculum, and to all educators interested in the accomplishments and inner workings of information literacy programs.

“Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures, Practices, and Contexts” is available for purchase at impression and as Ebook through the ALA online store; in print via; and by phone order at (866) 746-7252 in the United States or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. Join the book’s editors and authors for a three-part interactive webcast series starting Tuesday, July 21, 2020.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for college libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 10,000 people and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products and services to help those who work in academic and research libraries learn, innovate and lead within the university community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and building diverse and inclusive communities. Find the ACRL on the the Web, Facebook, Twitter, instagramand Youtube.


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