Dec 14

Volunteers Needed: ACRL Membership Booth at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston

ALA Midwinter 2017 logo

Join your colleagues and volunteer to staff the ACRL booth at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Both current and prospective members visit for information about ACRL and its sections, interest groups, activities, services, and publications.

You can register to win a free 2017 ACRL Conference registration. We will be giving away nautical pins to promote the upcoming conference.

Why Volunteer

  • We need your enthusiastic presence to promote ACRL 2017 in Baltimore.
  • It is a relaxed way to meet new, prospective, and current members, while helping promote ACRL membership.
  • Volunteering takes only an hour of your time!
  • Since there will be two people staffing the booth each hour, you will have good company.
  • You do not need to worry about knowing every answer to every question. There’s a handy booth reference notebook designed to answer most questions that come up. If not, you can collect the question and refer it back out to ACRL staff.

Please sign-up for an hour-long time slot at by Monday, January 4.

Dec 07

ACRL ULS On-the-Fly Mentoring @ ALA Midwinter 2016

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Looking for objective input or feedback from seasoned professionals, or seeking a convenient way to connect with other librarians?  Do a “fly by” at Midwinter!

The University Library Section (ULS) Membership Committee is providing its “On-the-Fly” Mentoring service in Boston, which allows a mentee to talk with a mentor for a 20-minute session on a drop-in basis.

Based in the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the service is available during these windows of time:

Saturday, 1/9, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday, 1/10, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Whether you want to talk with a mentor or provide mentorship, we’d love for you to participate!

Mentors, sign up here today:

(Mentees can drop in and sign up on-site at the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center!)

Dec 07

Student Retention: Campus Partnerships and Best Practices

Student Retention:  Campus Partnerships and Best Practices


Student Retention:  Campus Partnerships and Best Practices
Saturday, January 9, 2016
3-4 pm
Westin Copley, St. George C/D
ULS Campus Administration and Leadership Discussion Group

Facilitated by Katy Mathuews, Collections Assessment and Stacks Management Librarian, Ohio University Libraries.

The ACRL ULS Campus Administration and Leadership Discussion Group invites you to join your colleagues for a facilitated discussion on student retention and campus partnerships. The discussion will highlight how academic libraries and campus partners can effectively measure, analyze, and communicate the impact of library efforts on student retention. Specific data variables will be discussed along with innovative collection methods. The group will also consider various data analysis software to help library administration assess the impact of library use on student retention. Highlights include innovative campus partnerships and best practices to collaborate and communicate with campus administrators.

Comments are open on ALA Connect, or download the event information to your calendar:

Nov 20

Upcoming ACRL ULS Online Discussions and Roundtables

ACRL ULS is offering some exciting virtual activities for its members in the next few weeks: an online discussion on “Digital Creation Centers in Academic Libraries” and a series of online roundtables on “Outreach to Non-traditional Students.” Below are the details for each of these events:

Digital Creation Centers in Academic Libraries

ACRL/ULS, through its Online Discussion Group, is pleased to host the following online discussion: “Digital Creation Centers in Academic Libraries.”

The discussion will be held on Wednesday, December 2, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST.

Makerspaces for digital media and data visualization centers are becoming more common within academic library spaces, and may involve collaboration with other academic departments. In this discussion, you’ll get to hear from three panelists who will tell you about their own library centers and who can respond to your questions and comments on this fascinating topic.

The panelists are:

Whether you already have a library space at your institution for digital visualization and creation, or you are in the idea or planning stages for such a center, you are going to enjoy this discussion. Please join us! To register for this event, go to:

If you have ideas for future topics, please share those with the members of the ACRL/ULS Online Discussion Group: Apryl Price (, Jessica McClean (, and Drew Smith (

Academic Outreach Online Roundtable Discussions

The ULS Academic Outreach Committee offers a series of Online Roundtable Discussions on topics related to Academic Outreach endeavors.

The next week of discussions begins November 30. Each discussion will last 1 hour and be limited to 9 participants and 1 facilitator (like a face-to-face roundtable discussion).

All discussions will be hosted on Google Hangouts on Air. The sessions will be recorded and posted to the ACRL ULS Academic Outreach Committee YouTube Channel. Past discussions are posted there now.

December’s Topic: Outreach to Non-traditional Students

December’s discussion will focus on outreach to non-traditional students, which encompasses many different groups – some of which are distance learners and adult learners. We will consider the benefits and lessons learned of programs offered inside and outside of the library. Join us for lively discussion and new ideas for outreach programming for non-traditional students.

To encourage active discussion by all, space is limited to nine attendees per discussion session. Sign up for one of the following dates and times:

To register, select a date/time above and click the “register” link. You will need a valid Gmail account to participate.

Discussions are limited in numbers to encourage active discussion from all participants, varying in expertise. Participants must have a microphone in order to participate. Those interested in observing the discussion are encouraged to watch the live broadcast or review the recordings on our YouTube Channel.

Instructions for accessing the discussion in Google Hangouts on Air will be sent to participants by email.

Questions?  Please email

Nov 10

ACRL ULS Social @ ALA Midwinter 2016

Salvatore's Seaport District exterior

Going to ALA Midwinter in Boston? 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. Details are below:

When: Saturday, January 9, 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Salvatore’s Restaurant (Seaport District location @ 225 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210) – just a short distance (less than .5 mile!) from
the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Enjoy free appetizers and a cash bar, while also networking with fellow ULS and other conference attendees. See also the Facebook event page. Hope to see you there!

Event organized by the ACRL ULS Membership Committee.

Oct 07

Nominate a librarian for the new ULS Professional Development Award!

ULS Professional Development Award graphic

Do you know someone who has contributed to librarians’ growth and professional development? The University Libraries Section of ACRL has a brand new ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award designed to recognize such a person. They’ll get $1,000 and be celebrated at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando.

It’s easy peasy. By December 4, 2015:

  1. Think of a person who’s awesome.
  2. Fill out the form (note: link opens .pdf file) and put together an application.
  3. Send it to Rebecca Blakiston at If you have questions along the way, get in touch.

Aug 21

Task Force on Best Practices for ULS Leaders Report

A task force was put together to create documentation and templates for committee chairs and discussion group leaders in ULS in order to both assist and support incoming chairs and Discussion Group conveners with best practices for running their committees effectively, as well as to educate new members on the committee as to what is expected of them.

This group has released a report documenting these guidelines: Task Force on Best Practices for ULS Leaders Report

Jun 19

Shrinking Collections to Create User Spaces


Join the ACRL ULS Current Topics Discussion Group at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco for a conversation on “Shrinking collections to create user spaces: Strategies for communication and collaboration“: Print collections at many institutions are being reduced — moved off site, digitized, or deaccessioned — to create study rooms, presentation spaces, learning commons, and other teaching and learning spaces. What strategies are librarians using to build common understanding and acceptance of such changes across their institutions?

Saturday, June 27, 2015 — 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Union Square Room

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Jun 17

ACRL President’s Program: Leading through Transition

Leading through Transition: Changing roles facing university and library leaders

The ACRL President’s program focuses on an intentional approach to facing challenges in the current educational landscape. How can the library help new leaders transition to these new roles and evolving demands? What part can the library play in bringing focus for university leadership? How can library leaders support new leaders within its own organization? We’ll examine these questions and more, in a facilitated discussion sponsored by the ULS Campus Administration and Leadership Discussion Group.

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 1:30-3:30 pm
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Yosemite A

May 27

ULS On-the-Fly Mentoring at ALA Annual 2015

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ULS will be providing its “On-the-Fly” Mentoring service at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Whether you want to talk with a mentor or provide mentorship, we’d love for you to participate. The service will be hosted by the Placement Center in the Moscone Convention Center during these times:

Saturday, 6/27, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday, 6/28, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

“On-the-Fly” Mentoring allows a mentee to talk with a mentor for a 20-minute session on a scheduled or drop-in basis. Please keep these times in mind as you plan your conference schedule!

Click to sign up as a MENTOR or MENTEENote: While there may be capacity for drop-in sessions, mentees are encouraged to sign up for an appointment by Monday, June 22.

Organized by the ACRL ULS Membership Committee.

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