Mar 05

ULS Campus Administration and Leadership Discussion Group: Call for Proposals



The ALA ULS Campus Administration and Leadership Discussion Group (CALDG) is accepting proposals for the ALA Annual Conference discussion group meeting in San Francisco, CA. The discussion group is especially interested in topics relevant to libraries and campus administration. The deadline for proposals is March 31.

To propose a topic, or to get more information, please contact Rebekah Kilzer, co-convener, at

Proposals should provide a brief informal summary (up to 200 words), your contact information, and indication of whether you’re willing to facilitate the discussion. The discussion group will meet on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1:30-3:30 pm.

(photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg)

Mar 03

ULS Current Topics Discussion Group: Call for Proposals

8127261493_9c2dbc59ea_zThe charge of the ACRL-ULS Current Topics Discussion Group is “to organize informal discussion meetings and presentations on well-defined issues and problems of current interest to university libraries and librarians.” Last year, for example, the Discussion Leaders presented “Values Driven Services: What Are Your Library’s Core Values?” Other areas of interest may include but are not limited to: user experience, assessment, demand-driven acquisitions, information literacy, spaces and services, trends and forecasting, etc.

If you are passionate about academic libraries and would like to share ideas and lead a discussion at the ALA Annual Conference, please consider submitting a proposal. Submissions should be sent to Eric Frierson, Group Co-Convener, at by Friday, March 27th at 5pm EDT. Since the selection will use a blind review process, submissions should consist of:

  • a cover page with the presenter’s name, title, institution, and email address
  • a second page containing the proposal with the following:
    • title
    • topic
    • summary of proposed presentation (500 words or less, please)
    • description of how you will engage the group in discussion
    • 2-3 learning outcomes that specify what participants will be able to do as a result of the presentation

The selected presenter will be notified by April 10th, 2015. If selected, you may be asked to join the ACRL-ULS Current Topics Discussion Group Committee in a WebEx meeting to plan the event together. The ACRL-ULS Current Topics Discussion Group meeting will convene on Saturday, June 27, 2014, from 2:30pm – 4:00pm.

(photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg)

Feb 11

Member of the Month: Jody Bailey

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Jody Bailey, Director of Grants and Research and Liaison Librarian to Linguistics & TESOL

What inspires you in your work?
The University of Texas at Arlington (where I work) is ranked fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity and has a majority minority population. I feel very fortunate to work in an environment where I can sit in my office and often hear three different languages being spoken just outside my door. I’m inspired by the diversity that surrounds me on all sides: my colleagues at the library, the faculty and staff, and our student population represent so many different nations and cultures, and I love learning about all of them. Furthermore, approximately 70% of our students work at least part-time, and more than half of them are first-generation college students. Their hard work and dedication constantly motivate me to do my best in service to this community – they deserve it!

Are you currently working on a project that is exciting or interesting? Tell us about it!
As director of grants and research, I am always working on ways to secure funding for innovative initiatives at the UTA Libraries, but this year, we are focusing in particular on our new FabLab, a makerspace that opened in our Central Library last October. The space is currently in its beta form and will be greatly expanded over the next year or so, both in terms of square footage and amounts and varieties of technologies. We are planning on adding a digital audio and video studio, an app and gaming development studio, an electronics bay, data visualization spaces, and more. In support of these initiatives, I currently have two grant proposals under review and several more planned for the coming months.

What do you do when  you’re not being a librarian?
I hang out with my husband, dogs, and friends, and I play computer games. I watch very little TV (we cut the cable cord over 10 years ago) so almost all my entertainment is online. Also traveling! My favorite trip was a photo safari in Tanzania.

What are you reading?
One of my favorite authors is Donna Tartt, and I finished The Goldfinch not too long ago. I have 73 books on my to-be-read list on LibraryThing and haven’t yet decided what’s next.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most people would not guess by looking at you?
I love playing MMORPG games! The three where I spend a lot of my free time are World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and Guild Wars 2. I’ve been playing WoW since 2006 and have met some really cool people and made some amazing friends because of it. My alter egos include a level 100 shadow priest and frost mage (WoW); a level 70/145 wizard, monk, witch doctor, and demon hunter (Diablo III); and a lowbie elementalist in GW2 since I just started that game.

What is your favorite non-library website? Why?
Reddit — I find it to be really useful for staying current with contemporary society, especially the millennial crowd. Reddit users almost always post news and information much more quickly than traditional new outlets, and many of the memes and stories on the Internet that end up going viral start on Reddit. It’s an incredibly diverse site that has its dark side that some criticize it for (and often with good reason), but that’s true of the Internet as a whole. Here’s a link to a starter guide and another to a list of some cool subreddits to get you started if you want to try it out.


Each month, the University Libraries Section will features a Member of the Month. If you are interested in being featured, please contact Sheila Stoeckel (ULS Blog Admin). 

Jan 20

ACRL UnCon 2015


The ACRL 2015 UnCon is part of the ACRL 2015 conference and will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 as two distinct sessions:

8:30-9:30 AM and 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.

The call for proposals is live and ready for submissions.

Jan 12

ACRL ULS Social @ALA Midwinter 2015

Going to ALA Midwinter in Chicago? Interested in university libraries or in just casually meeting some fellow librarians? The ACRL University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS) is once again hosting a social to help you unwind after a busy Saturday of programs.

When: Saturday, January 31, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Elephant & Castle (185 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL) – just a short distance from Michigan Ave. and many of the ALA conference hotels!

Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar, while also networking with fellow ULS and other conference attendees. For more information and to add it to your schedule, see the Conference Scheduler event page. Hope to see you there!

Sent on behalf of the ACRL ULS Membership Committee.

Jan 07

Member of the Month: Marilyn Myers

Lucida Sans fontEach month, the University Libraries Section will feature a ULS member in a Member of the Month blog post.  Members will be asked a series of questions and we’ll share some of the answers. To kick off this new series, today we feature ULS chair, Marilyn Myers.

Marilyn Myers, Associate Dean for Public Services at the University of Houston Libraries

What inspires you in your work?

The breadth of libraries’ engagement within their universities is very energizing for me. I like to think we help all components of the university succeed. We contribute to programs that recruit students, support student academic success, provide comfortable work space, work with faculty to enhance and assess the effectiveness of learning, and offer events for both the campus and metropolitan Houston community. We provide customized research support to graduate students and offer the faculty research assistance throughout the scholarly communication process. I am further inspired by the fact that at the University of Houston Libraries we do this collectively, harnessing the expertise and creativity of a cadre of library professionals who do amazing things every day to demonstrate the value of the library to the institution.


Are you currently working on a project that is exciting or interesting? Tell us about it!

I am taking the lead on the design of a biomedical sciences library. It will be new space in a new building in support of patient care services, workforce training programs, research endeavors and community outreach being brought together from across the University. We will be hiring individuals with the expertise to design new programs of support for teaching and research.


What do you do when  you’re not being a librarian?

I am a workplace coach supporting clients and promoting a coaching culture within the University of Houston Libraries. I am in the processing of gaining the expertise and experience to become a credentialed coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF). I am an active member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the ICF.


What are you reading?

I just finished Sum It Up, Pat Summitt’s story of her incredible career in women’s basketball. I am making my way through Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a collection of poets and writers definitions for terms that describe land masses and forms water takes, edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney. Over the [Thanksgiving] holidays, I re-read selections from my collection of Christmas mystery short stories. I had a new volume this year—Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler.


Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most people would not guess by looking at you?

I am a weightlifter. My personal best deadlift is 250 lbs.


What is your favorite non-library website? Why?

Sprott’s Fractal GalleryI love fractals and a new one is posted every day.

Jan 05

“On-the-Fly” Mentoring Service: Call for Mentors!

From the ULS Membership Committee:

Call for Mentors: Seeking a convenient way to connect with other librarians and give to the profession?

The ULS Membership Committee has a role for you!

We’re providing an “On-the-Fly” Mentoring service at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Conference in Chicago, based out of the ALA Placement Center. If you’d like to help new librarians and job seekers, talk though questions, and provide feedback and advice, sign up to participate as a mentor.

The hours for “On-the-Fly” Mentoring at ALA Midwinter are Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sign up for as many 1-hour time slots as you’d like. Do it today! Deadline for volunteering is Tuesday, January 20.

Click here to sign up!


Dec 23

On-the-Fly Mentoring Service at ALA Midwinter

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Want to share your experience and make new connections at ALA Midwinter?

ULS has created an opportunity for mentoring, advising, and learning with and from other members and the ALA community. It’s called On-the-Fly Mentoring, and it might be just the thing for you . . . as a mentor, a mentee, or both!

An ad hoc committee was formed earlier this year to investigate the possibility of providing mentoring opportunities to ULS members. That group developed an On-the-Fly Mentoring service for ALA Annual 2014.

The service allows a mentee to talk with a mentor for a 20-minute session, on a scheduled or drop-in basis. The service was offered from the ALA Placement Center, which proved to be a great location since so many new librarians and job seekers were attending Placement Center programs, and the concept was a hit.

The ULS Membership Committee will provide On-the-Fly Mentoring again at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Chicago, so watch for details and plan to join us!

Dec 11

Guns on Campus: Implications for Libraries


The University Libraries Section Campus Administration and Leadership Discussion Group presents a discussion about guns on campus and the implications for libraries. Led by Rick Stoddart, Head, User and Research Services, University of Idaho Library, this discussion will explore issues for libraries related to concealed weapons laws and how they are implemented, and other topics related to guns on campus. Free, open to non-members.

Saturday, January 31
3:00-4:00 pm
Sheraton-Chicago Ballroom 06

Nov 21

ALA Midwinter Meeting Schedule for ULS

meetingAre you heading to ALA Midwinter in Chicago? It’s never too early to start planning your schedule. We hope to see you at these ULS events!


Meeting Number Meeting Name Date Time Location
SUB52762 Academic Outreach Committee Sat Jan 31 10:30 am – 11:30 am SHER – Ontario Room
52705 ULS Social Sat Jan 31 05:30 pm – 07:00 pm Elephant & Castle, 185 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago 60601
SUB52744 Membership Committee Sat Jan 31 10:30 am – 11:30 am SHER – Ontario Room
52748 Public Service Directors of Large Research Libraries Discussion Group Sun Feb 1 04:30 pm – 06:30 pm SHER – Michigan A & B
52763 Evidence-Based Practice Discussion Group Sun Feb 1 08:30 am – 10:00 am SHER – Michigan A & B
SUB52704 Committee on the Future of University Libraries Sat Jan 31 10:30 am – 11:30 am SHER – Ontario Room
52764 Campus Administration and Leadership Discussion Group Sat Jan 31 03:00 pm – 04:00 pm SHER – Chicago Ballroom 06
52761 All-Committees Meeting Sat Jan 31 10:30 am – 11:30 am SHER – Ontario Room
52747 Committee on the Future of University Libraries Sun Feb 1 08:30 am – 10:00 am SHER – Superior A & B


You can also take a look at the ALA Midwinter Schedule at a Glance at ALA’s web site, or see the full schedule with room assignments in this PDF.









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