Feb 15 2017

Assessing Library Space: A Framework for Getting Started

assessing library space

Join the University Libraries Section on March 8, 2017 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EST) for an online presentation and discussion about assessing user needs to advocate for and design learning spaces in academic libraries.

The panel of experts will discuss frameworks for assessing user space, major considerations in doing so, and their experiences assessing and redesigning library space. The presentation is intended for individuals new to assessing learning spaces in academic libraries and will have a Q&A session at the end.

Featured Speakers

Kim Duckett, Head, Research and Instructional Services, Duke University

  • Kim was part of the team that created the IMLS-funded Learning Space Toolkit and has led or co-led workshops on library space assessment at the Library Assessment Conference (with Joan Lippincott of CNI) and the Texas Library Association Conference.

Mandy Shannon, Head of Instruction and Research Services, Wright State University

  • Mandy is the chair of a six-person assessment team that conducted a year-long building use study and needs assessment, and presented on that process at the Library Assessment Conference.

Kelly Miller, Associate Dean for Learning & Research Services, University of Miami

  • Recently oversaw a large space redesign in her library.

To register for the online program, go to this URL and click on the Register link: https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7d9a50161fda61064d389e2426fbe34b

This session is facilitated by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. Please send all questions to Jason Martin (Jason.martin@mtsu.edu)


Feb 13 2017

Deadline to Volunteer for ACRL Committees is February 15

There’s still time to volunteer to serve on an ACRL committee! The deadline is this Wednesday, February 15th. Consider volunteering with ULS, the largest section of ACRL. To help you learn more about the opportunities available with ULS and the types of work you might contribute to, we’ve made these LibGuides:

We hope these guides help you find a volunteer opportunity that would be a fit based on your interests, available time, and professional goals.

A special thanks to Nancy Gibson and the rest of the ULS Procedures Committee for helping to put these guides together.

Find the ACRL committee volunteer form here: http://www.ala.org/acrl/membership/volunteer/volunteer

Thank you for considering becoming involved with ACRL ULS!

 


Feb 03 2017

2017 ULS Candidate for Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Nicole Sump-Crethar

Nicole Sump-Crethar is one of two candidates this year for ULS Vice Chair/Chair-Elect. She is an Associate Professor and Head of Digital Resources and Discovery Services at Oklahoma State University. Read this interview to learn more about Nicole and what her goals would be if elected as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect.

 

Tell us more about yourself and how you became an academic librarian.

My very first library job was in the archives. I absolutely loved it and even though I worked in a couple of different libraries in between when I finally landed at Oklahoma State University, I knew I was in the right place for me.

 

 

 

 

How long have you been involved in ULS and what attracted you to the section?

I joined ULS in 2008 shortly after arriving at Oklahoma State University. I was new to university librarianship. People who work in universities know that there are differences that aren’t always easy for a newcomer to navigate. My ULS colleagues were always patient and helpful.

 

In your opinion, what are some of the most interesting topics or trends we’re seeing in university libraries?

For my department, linked data has been an important focus of our efforts. Technical services is seeing some pretty dramatic shifts in how we work and where to apply increasingly limited resources. There are so many wonderful things in our libraries, and we want to link them to the wider world. My state recently became a hub for DPLA and our institutional repository is a joint project with other universities in the state, but there is more that needs to be done and linked data is an efficient way to spread out more. Of course, anything that makes accurate information more accessible is critical in an age of alternative facts and fake news.

 

What goals for the section would you have if elected to this position? How do you envision committees and members helping the section achieve those goals?

University libraries are in a unique position to lead efforts to save data from oblivion and educate people on filtering fact from fiction. ULS can help us better coordinate our efforts and leverage our resources. Continuing to build on the section’s work in professional development and networking to help us tackle the enormous challenges we face in the coming years is critical.

 

Where do you see ULS going in the future? How does it need to change and evolve to stay relevant to academic librarians?

In recent years we’ve already made some great changes to become more agile in terms of committee make-up and charge as well as adding in more web-based discussions to help members feel connected throughout the year. I’d like to see us build on the work that has already started so we can stay nimble and responsive to our membership.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself that not very many people know.

I was a copy cataloger and a storytime lady in my past life. I have been told my Tarzan yell is excellent.

 

Read our interview with the other candidate for ULS Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Kerry Creeland, here: http://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/2017-uls-candidate-for-vice-chairchair-elect-kerry-creelman/


Feb 03 2017

2017 ULS Candidate for Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Kerry Creelman

Kerry Creelman is one of two candidates this year for ULS Vice Chair/Chair-Elect. She is the Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach at the University of Houston. Read this interview to learn more about Kerry and what her goals would be if elected as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect.

 


Tell us more about yourself and how you became an academic librarian.

I’m Canadian and have been living in Texas for the past 7 and a half years. I started my career as the English Librarian, and am now the Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach at the University of Houston. I became interested in academic librarianship while I was completing my Masters in English Literature and teaching Freshman Composition. Collaborating with Instruction Librarians to teach information literacy concepts introduced me to a career option I hadn’t previously considered. The opportunity to work across disciplines with faculty and students, to conduct research and to impact teaching and learning in higher education through library advocacy was so exciting that I enrolled in library school with the goal of becoming an academic librarian.

 

How long have you been involved in ULS and what attracted you to the section?

I’ve been a member of ULS since 2012 and have served on the Academic Outreach Committee since 2012, becoming co-chair in 2013. ULS attracted me because of its comprehensive approach to university libraries issues. I was looking to engage in conversations about topics ranging from instruction and outreach to management and scholarly communications, through the higher education lens. ULS provides a welcoming, collaborative community within which I can consider these issues and learn from colleagues across the country.

 

In your opinion, what are some of the most interesting topics or trends we’re seeing in university libraries?

I am excited to see the academic library’s role in the teaching & learning and research mission evolving within higher education. Academic librarians are engaging in teaching and learning conversations in innovative ways. Conversations around information literacy instruction and student learning assessment have become more exciting with the introduction of the ACRL Framework. Discussions of threshold concepts, critical information literacy, social justice in the library classroom and how all of this informs faculty collaborations are invigorating. These conversations provide great opportunities to share, debate, and learn from one another in ways that will lead to meaningful learning opportunities for our students.

University libraries are central to the evolution and success of scholarly communications initiatives as we are partners and leaders in the curation, production, dissemination, and preservation of scholarly output in a changing information landscape. And we are developing new systems to protect and disseminate research data and scholarship on evolving platforms. As the research lifecycles of our faculty and students change, we are adapting our spaces, services, technologies, and collections to meet and exceed their research needs.

 

What goals for the section would you have if elected to this position? How do you envision committees and members helping the section achieve those goals?

As one of the largest ACRL sections, I want to ensure that ULS committees and discussion groups are meeting the needs of our members. Many university libraries are currently concerned with succession planning and leadership development. ULS just created a new Professional Development Committee and I look forward to the new online programming opportunities this committee will provide. I’m eager to continue to explore new ways to meet the needs of our members as well as to ensure they are aware of, and have easy access to, our existing resources and programs.

I aim to ensure committees and members are aware of the section’s charge, as well as its resources and opportunities for involvement. We offer a number of quality programs, discussion groups, listserv and social media discussions and other resources where members who face common opportunities and challenges can engage, share lessons learned, and support one another. I want to increase awareness of these opportunities with a renewed focus on marketing and promotion.

Where do you see ULS going in the future? How does it need to change and evolve to stay relevant to academic librarians?

I see ULS becoming more relevant to academic librarians as we navigate an ever-changing role within higher education. We need to continue to evaluate the relevance of existing committees and discussion groups, as well as be flexible and proactive in revising priorities, charges, and activities in order to respond to the evolving challenges and opportunities facing academic libraries. As we identify new needs, or information gaps, we can create opportunities to engage and support our members.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that not very many people know.

I enjoy traveling, scuba diving, and yoga. I’m also trying to learn Spanish. I was a competitive swimmer throughout school and my varsity career, specializing in sprint butterfly and freestyle events. I now compete on a part-time basis for a Masters team, but it’s mostly social.

 

Read our interview with the other candidate for ULS Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Nicole Sump-Crethar, here: http://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/2017-uls-candidate-for-vice-chairchair-elect-nicole-sump-crethar/


Jan 17 2017

LLAMA Mentoring Program Now Accepting Applications

mentoring partners

The LLAMA Mentoring Committee is recruiting for both mentors and mentees for our July 2017-June 2018 year. The LLAMA Mentoring Program, http://www.ala.org/llama/llama-mentoring-program, pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders.

For mentors, it is a chance to pass on your experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with an enthusiastic colleague who is ready to learn and benefit from your experience.

For mentees, it is a great opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader how to:

  • Explore your leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate leadership in your current position;
  • Acquire the skills, attitudes, and relationships that you will need to move into leadership roles.

Participants must be ALA and LLAMA members at the start of the program, and must either attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation at ALA Annual or be able to participate in a virtual orientation at a time to be determined.

The deadline to apply to become a mentor or a mentee is February 10, 2017.

To apply to become a mentor, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F7Y67WS

To apply to become a mentee, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F7C52QM

For more information about the LLAMA Mentoring program, contact Mentoring Committee co-chairs  Melissa Ellen Bruecks at mbruecks@mcpl.info; or  Julene Jones at Julene.Jones@uky.edu.

Thank you!

Catherine Soehner
Sharon Epps
Richard Guajardo
LLAMA Mentoring Committee members


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