Member of the Week: Junior Tidal

Junior Tidal

Junior Tidal is Web Services & Multimedia Librarian for the New York City College of Technology, City University of New York. Junior has been an ACRL member since 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 27, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Imaginative, thoughtful, and quixotic.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I am completely obsessed with underground punk and metal. I am currently reading Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore by Albert Mudrian. On my mobile device, I’ve been listening to post-metal band Sumac’s debut album, The Deal, and punk hardcore outfit His Hero is Gone’s 1997 release, Monument to Thieves.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Innovative, dynamic, and active.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL because of the collective resourcefulness of its members. I read ACRLog and ACRL TechConnect regularly. Both of these blogs provide practical advice to librarians that not only can be applied to their institutions, but can be used as a source of professional development.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As Web Services & Multimedia Librarian, I maintain and administer the library’s website as well as oversee and manage the library’s media collection. I get to code and conduct usability tests to improve our library website. It has also allowed me to develop our library’s collection of Brooklyn-based documentaries. I have a passion for film, and I think it serves as a great educational tool to expose students to situations, locales, and subjects they may have never thought of before.

6. In your own words: I believe academic librarianship is a profession that empowers others. Users come to our institutions so they can learn, research, and hopefully make informed decisions based on the information they gather. Our profession champions unfettered access to information, but the process of retrieving it can be daunting and frustrating for the end user. By incorporating our users’ perspectives, as libraries build web applications, adopt emerging technologies, and develop physical and virtual spaces, I feel that making these resources easier to use is more important than ever.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Elizabeth Caris at for more information.

ACRL Sets 2015 Legislative Agenda

Each year, the ACRL Government Relations Committee, in consultation with the ACRL Board of Directors and staff, formulates an ACRL Legislative Agenda. Drafted with input from key ACRL committees, ACRL leaders, and the ALA Washington Office, the ACRL Legislative Agenda is prioritized and focuses on issues at the national level affecting the welfare of academic and research libraries. The ACRL Board of Directors recently approved the 2015 ACRL Legislative Agenda in time for National Library Legislative Day, May 4-5, in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 ACRL Legislative Agenda focuses on two issues that the U.S. Congress has recently taken, or will most likely take, action on in the year ahead: access to federally funded research and curbing government surveillance. The agenda also includes a watch list of policy issues of great concern to academic librarians. Legislation on these issues is not likely to arise and, moreover, ACRL does not believe that any legislation about these issues is necessary. Issues on the watch list are: net neutrality, copyright reform, fair use, “making available” right, preservation and reproduction exceptions, orphan works, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. ACRL will continue tracking these issues and advocate for the best interests of academic and research libraries, if necessary. Read the complete legislative agenda for more details.

Don’t forget to advocate for libraries in May by calling or emailing Congress as part of ALA’s Virtual Library Legislative Day.

ANSS Seeks American Anthropological Association Liaison

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications from ANSS members to serve a three-year term (July 1 2015- June 30, 2018) as the ACRL Liaison to the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Details and submission guidelines are available at ACRL ANSS Liaison Recruitment Form for AAA 2015-2018 (PDF). Additional information is also available on the ANSS website. The deadline for applications is May 8, 2015.

For more information, contact Katie Elson Anderson ( or Jenny Bowers (

ACRL preconferences @ 2015 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL is offering four preconferences in conjunction with the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 26, 2015. Complete details, including descriptions, learning outcomes, and registration materials, are online.

Reflective Teaching: Self-evaluation to Assess and Improve Your Teaching Practice
Instruction Section Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Discover techniques and strategies for more structured and intentional reflection.  Learn how to identify, articulate, and diagnose teaching and learning “problems” you encounter in the classroom, analyze your role as a teacher in that situation, and learn about techniques of reflective practice to address those learning problems and improve student learning.

Data Visualization: Tools, Techniques, and Practice
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Due to the proliferation of digital data and the emergence of big data, visualization is of crucial importance in academic research and institutions.  This preconference will introduce the fundamentals of data visualization including discussion of visual variables – the building blocks of any visualization. Attendees will participate in a sketching exercise to explore visual variables and create a foundation for the creation of library specific visualizations in the afternoon.

Storytelling 101: Craft Narratives to Engage and Persuade
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
When was the last time someone changed your mind with a story? We empathize with, persuade, and teach each other using the social tool that is storytelling. Whether you’re a high-powered library administrator headed into an important conference call or a part-time instruction librarian at the head an unfamiliar classroom, humans crave connection and a compelling story can be the difference between connecting deeply with your campus colleagues and patrons or experiencing a total disconnect.

Writing Data Management Plans Across the Curriculum
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Demand for data management plans (DMPs) is growing as more granting agencies add this requirement. Join an experienced data management plan consultant from a major research university to learn how to apply your existing skills to writing strong DMPs for the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Most presentations concerning data management are more concerned with the creation and management of repositories than how to write, or consult with researchers writing a data management plan for grant submission.

Contact Margot Conahan at or call 312-280-2522 with questions.

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