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ALA, ACRL file network neutrality comments with FCC

July 18th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Advocacy

Today the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt the legally enforceable network neutrality rules necessary to fulfill library missions and serve communities nationwide. The ALA and ACRL joined nine other national higher education and library organizations in filing joint public comments (pdf) with the FCC.

The joint comments build on the ALA resolution adopted by Council at the 2014 Annual Conference and align with the 2014 legislative agenda developed by ACRL. They also provide greater detail for the network neutrality principles released July 10 and suggest ways to strengthen the FCC’s proposed rules (released May 15, 2014) to preserve an open internet for libraries, higher education and the communities they serve. For instance, the FCC should:

  • explicitly apply open Internet rules to public broadband Internet access service provided to libraries, institutions of higher education and other public interest organizations;
  • prohibit “paid prioritization;”
  • adopt rules that are technology-neutral and apply equally to fixed and mobile services;
  • adopt a re-defined “no-blocking” rule that bars public broadband Internet access providers from interfering with the consumer’s choice of content, applications, or services;
  • further strengthen disclosure rules;
  • charge the proposed ombudsman with protecting the interests of libraries and higher education institutions and other public interest organizations, in addition to consumers and small businesses;
  • continue to recognize that libraries and institutions of higher education operate private networks or engage in end user activities not subject to open Internet rules; and
  • preserve the unique capacities of the Internet as an open platform by exercising its well-established sources of authority to implement open Internet rules, based on Title II reclassification or an “Internet reasonable” standard under Section 706.

The joint comments mark another definitive statement on behalf of all types of libraries and the communities we serve, but are simply one more step in a long journey toward our goal. There’s more to be done, and librarians can make their voices heard in a number of ways:

  1. Email to the ALA Washington Office (lclark[at]alawash[dot]org) examples of Internet Service Provider (ISP) slowdowns, lost quality of service relative to your subscribed ISP speeds, and any other harm related to serving your community needs. Alternately, please share examples of potential harm if we do not preserve the open internet (e.g., impact on cloud-based services and/or ability to disseminate digitized or streaming content on an equal footing with commercial content providers that otherwise might pay for faster “lanes” for their content over library content).
  2. Ask your community to support and/or adopt the network neutrality principles. Several people in attendance at the Annual Conference program on the topic suggested this, and the ALA Washington Office will develop and share a template for this purpose in the coming weeks.

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Circle of Friends: Kate S. Moriarty

July 16th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Circle of Friends

The ACRL Circle of Friends acknowledges the sustained generosity of those who have been Friends of ACRL for five or more years. The Friends of ACRL was created to provide a means for the association to take bold steps above and beyond its traditional member programs and services. Rapidly changing demographic, economic, and technological trends are presenting academic libraries and librarians with new challenges and competition that demand immediate solutions. The Friends of ACRL have responded to these new challenges and provided additional support that will enhance and ensure the relevance of our profession. To join or learn more about the Friends of ACRL, please visit the ACRL website.

Kate S. MoriartyKate S. Moriarty is Rare Book Catalog Librarian and associate professor at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has been a Friend of ACRL since 2009.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Detail-oriented. Loyal. Dedicated.

2. Why do you support the ACRL 75th Anniversary scholarship campaign? My home in ACRL has always been the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS). I’ve been completely taken with it since my first RBMS preconference in 2004, which was so enriching and informative of the Section’s workings that I promptly attended every RBMS meeting I could at that year’s ALA Annual Meeting–they haven’t been able to get rid of me since. ACRL provides tremendous support to RBMS and its programming and outreach efforts, including a mechanism for donating to the division’s RBMS Scholarships Fund. What a gift to expose more people to RBMS preconferences, and what an even greater benefit to RBMS to have this influx of new, knowledgeable, and innovative rare materials individuals.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you?  I’ve been involved in social justice work for the last 25 years and have participated in civil disobedience actions on homelessness, militarism, and environmental issues in Washington, D.C., Georgia, and Hawai’i.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way? Deborah J. Leslie, of the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been a tremendous influence on me. She was my conference buddy at my first RBMS preconference where she introduced me to other rare materials professionals, exposed me to the workings of RBMS, and provided me with valuable career advice. She taught me what I know about rare book cataloging (the errors are all mine) through her Rare Book Cataloging course at Rare Book School and her Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books) workshop. I’ve worked with her when she was chair of the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee and during her tenure as chair of RBMS. She continues to advise rare materials cataloging endeavors I’m involved with and I frankly don’t see a time when I won’t be seeking her counsel on cataloging issues.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? I would like to see a continued increase in ACRL’s diversity and additional programs for developing leaders to serve in the division and its sections.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? It’s hard to pick one thing. For me, personally, it’s been ACRL’s absolutely crucial service of supplying the avenue, structure, organization, and support to its sections and members to come together at a national level and conduct our work.

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Library Copyright Alliance issues statements, offers guidance

July 16th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Advocacy

Library Copyright Alliance Logo The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA, whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of College and Research Libraries) continues to address copyright issues that affect libraries and our users. In recent weeks, LCA has worked for the library community in the following ways:

Statement for Hearing on Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term
On July 15, 2014, the LCA submitted a statement to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet for a hearing. The statement explained that the current copyright term in the United States is already unacceptably long, resulting in significant harm to the public domain and limiting access to these works.

Amicus Brief in Authors Guild v. Google, Inc. Appeal
On July 8, 2014, LCA submitted an amiucs brief in support of Google, Inc. The LCA brief explained that Google Book Search has become an essential research tool that serves the public interest, snippets do not substitute for full text, and Seciton 108 does not weigh against a fair use deterination.

What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?
On July 7, 2014, LCA legal counsel Jonathan Band released a think piece explaining implications of the HathiTrust decision for libraries that go far beyond the specific facts of the case.

Updated Google Books Family Tree
On June 17, 2014, LCA released an updated version of the popular Google Books family tree after Second Circuit ruled HathiTrust is fair use.

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ACRL 2015 Conference Registration Winner

July 15th, 2014 by David Free in ACRL 2015, Conferences

ACRL 2015 LogoCongratulations to Sara A. Shutkin, Archivist/Records Manager/Librarian at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, winner of the ACRL 2015 registration drawing at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Sara will be joining her academic and research library colleagues March 25-28, 2015, in Portland, Oregon.

More information on ACRL 2015, including a link to conference registration, is available on the conference website. We’ll see you, and Sara, in Portland next year!

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Member of the Week: Chris Bulock

July 14th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week

Chris BulockChris Bulock is Electronic Resources Librarian at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Illinois. Chris has been an ACRL member since 2009 and is your ACRL member of the week for July 14, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Learning, persistent, open.

2. What are you currently reading?  I’m usually reading an issue of The Believer. I’ve also just started John Brandon’s A Million Heavens.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Networks, resources, connections.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the connections with innovative colleagues. Participating in ACRL and reading College & Research Libraries helps me see problems in a new way and to find solutions I never would have thought of.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I manage the library’s electronic resources, which I hope benefits everyone on campus. I’m always pushing to make it easier for the university community to get to the resources they need, in a way that’s as intuitive as possible. I also participate heavily in service. I have been involved in program reviews and work with a student group that helps guide the functioning of the university center. The work I do at the state and national level is also in hopes that improvements in the profession will trickle down to our campus here.

6. In your own words:  I was attracted to librarianship because of my time working on the reference desk as an undergraduate. I loved being able to answer the questions of students and faculty members, to show them new ways to find information, and to learn from passionate experts along the way. Now, I get the same feeling of satisfaction from my work with electronic resources (though I still do reference). If I’m doing my job right, then I’m able to facilitate learning for something like 14,000 people, making it easier for them to find information they might not have found otherwise; to know things they might not have known. Because our students and faculty have many opportunities to share their research, I’m also able to see the end results, to share their excitement, and to think about how I can better serve that community.

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

The ACRL Member of the Week feature will be taking a brief summer vacation for the next couple of weeks. We’ll return with more member profiles o

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C&RL Forum: Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization

July 10th, 2014 by David Free in C&RL, Events

C&RL Forum: Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization

Will air live Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:00pm to 2:00pm Central Time

REGISTER in advance or VIEW live

Campus internationalization can be defined as “broadly referring to institutional efforts to integrate an international, global and/or intercultural dimension into the teaching, research or services function.”¹  How do academic libraries contribute to campus internationalization efforts? How do library internationalization efforts differ from or reflect campus internationalization efforts?  What services do libraries offer that support internationalization and what library organizational structures are most conducive to building these services? What are areas for growth? Join College & Research Libraries for a live panel conversation on library internationalization efforts. The panelists will discuss their C&RL pre-print study “Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization” and share ideas for both administrators and front-line librarians working to build these services.

¹ ACE American Council on Education, “Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2012 Edition Survey” (2012), 1. [Accessed 29 January 2014].


Evviva Weinraub Lajoie: Evviva is the Director of Emerging Technologies & Services at Oregon State University Libraries & Press.


Elizabeth (Liz) Cooper: Liz is the Head of Research and Instruction at the University of Colorado Denver’s Auraria Library.

Laurie Kutner: Laurie is a Library Associate Professor in the Information and Instruction Services Department in the Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont.

Steven W. Witt: Steven is the Head of the International and Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Each Forum highlights a new C&RL study with a free, live, expert panel comprised of the study’s authors and additional subject experts. The Fora are your chance to engage live with the researchers and have your questions answered. The discussions will be hosted in Google Hangouts and broadcast on YouTube. You will be able to view them at either location.

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College & Research Libraries – July 2014

July 8th, 2014 by Dawn Mueller in C&RL

The July 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.

Note: The November 2013 issue was the final print issue of College & Research Libraries. The journal began an online-only publication model in January 2014.

Guest Editorial

Dan Hazen. “Researching Library Support for International Studies: Successes to Celebrate, Goal Posts to Move.” Full Text (PDF)  


Merinda Kaye Hensley, Sarah L. Shreeves, and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. “A Survey of Library Support for Formal Undergraduate Research Programs.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Kyung-Sun Kim, Sei-Ching Joanna Sin, and Eun Young Yoo-Lee. “Undergraduates’ Use of Social Media as Information Sources.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Catherine Sassen and Diane Wahl. “Fostering Research and Publication in Academic Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Mary Kandiuk. “Promoting Racial and Ethnic Diversity among Canadian Academic Librarians.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Karen Antell, Jody Bales Foote, Jaymie Turner, and Brian Shults. “Dealing with Data: Science Librarians’ Participation in Data Management at Association of Research Libraries Institutions.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Kirstin Dougan. “‘YouTube Has Changed Everything’? Music Faculty, Librarians, and Their Use and Perceptions of YouTube.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Julie Mitchell and Nathalie Soini. “Student Involvement for Student Success: Student Staff in the Learning Commons.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

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Member of the Week: Shahla Bahavar

July 7th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week

Shahla BahavarShahla Bahavar is Director of Public Services Division I and Head of the Science & Engineering Library at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Shahla has been an ACRL member since 1997  and is your ACRL member of the week for July 7, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Collegial, mentor, leader.

2. What are you currently reading?  I read a variety of materials, some for pleasure and some for professional development and on my research interests. Due to my personal interest in information literacy and services for international students as well as the concept of the Information Commons and the tiered-reference service model, most my readings are focused around those topics. Currently I’m reading Library Reference Services and Information Literacy: Models for Academic Institutions and Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries: Reaching Across the Great Divide.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Professional, educational, innovative.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL as the leading professional organization focusing on issues and topics of librarianship that relate directly to academic and research institutions. ACRL presents key information to keep us informed in our rapidly changing environment and offers valuable professional development opportunities through programs that are tailored to our needs, which help us keep up with changes and broaden our knowledge of academic and research libraries. ACRL provides a medium to presenting and publishing on academic library research and best practices while addressing emerging trends through conferences, publications, and online discussion lists.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I contribute to information discovery and access, to faculty scholarship and student learning, and to intellectual and educational endeavors of all kinds. Most importantly, I contribute to the mission of the USC Libraries as well as the University’s strategic vision through key services and activities such as information literacy instruction, research services, collection development, and outreach. Through outreach, I promote and present on the value of the library and its resources and services to the USC community.

6. In your own words:  I’m committed to ensuring intelligent access to research resources for future generations. The library profession is all about passion: passion to help, passion to serve, passion to teach, passion to give.  I love USC and have been with USC Libraries for many years. Working at a large research institution, every day is different and exciting. In addition to my administrative responsibilities as Director and a unit head of a big research library, I contribute significantly to public service activities, including teaching information literacy instruction and research services. I enjoy interacting with students, teaching them something that they didn’t know, opening their eyes to the world of resources that they were not aware of, and facilitating their learning, discovery, and utilization of information.

I am especially sensitive to the needs of the international students and actively work with them to help them get acquainted to the Western library system and the complexity of our institution’s library system. I’m devoted to user services and strive to bring excellence in all my public service activities and other administrative and user-focused service responsibilities.

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

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FAQs on IL Framework available; Reminder: online hearings July 7 and 11, comments due July 15

July 3rd, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Information Literacy, Standards and Guidelines

small_bannerMembers of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force are grateful for all the robust input gathered through online feedback forms, member forums and hearings (face-to-face and online), member emails, conversations in social media, as well as comments from the ACRL Board of Directors. The Task Force takes the feedback provided by members seriously, and has used this feedback to guide and improve their process. They have been listening to all of your comments and incorporating much of the feedback into the latest, revised draft. As they continue to carefully consider all the new input they receive, task force members recognize some questions/concerns are recurring and have addressed those in a new Frequently Asked Question section of their website.

They are eager to hear more from you about their latest, revised draft. Please be sure to please share your thoughts if you haven’t already done so. Sign up to participate in one of the online hearings being held Monday, July 7, at 1pm Central and Friday, July 11, at 10am Central. Provide your written feedback by Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 5pm Central, via the online form. To help guide your thinking, the task force asks that you consider these questions:

  1. How satisfied are you with the overall Framework?
  2. If you have followed the development of the Framework through the previous draft, please tell us what changes you find most helpful.
  3. Does the “Suggestions on How to Use the Information Literacy Framework” section, in conjunction with the Frames, help you to engage other campus stakeholders in conversation?
  4. How might the Framework affect the way you work with students?
  5. What one thing do you most want the Task Force members to know about the draft Framework?

While the task force asks that you send reactions via the online form (so it is easier to compile comments and ensure no emails have gone astray) the co-chairs are also happy to connect with you on a personal level. You should feel free to be in touch with them to discuss your reactions to the draft and can reach them as follows: Craig Gibson, Head, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Library, Ohio State University Libraries,; and Trudi E. Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, University at Albany, SUNY, University Libraries,

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C&RL News – July/August 2014

June 30th, 2014 by Ann-Christe Galloway in C&RL News

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The July/August 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. The purposeful use of social media can be a powerful tool in engaging your library and campus communities. Natalie Burclaff and Catherine Johnson provide tips for “Developing a social media strategy” to increase the usefulness of your presences in this month’s ACRL TechConnect article.

Sharing and building on resources created by our peers is a long-standing tradition. Katie Fortney, Cody Hennesy, and Deborah Murphy discuss a project to create recommendations for uniform application of Creative Commons licenses to library learning objects in their article “Share the wealth.”

Interlibrary loan (ILL) services have undergone a great amount of change over the past several years. While the services continue to be essential to students and researchers, they no longer resemble the traditional picture of acquiring books and photocopies of articles from other institutions. In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Beth Posner of the CUNY Graduate Center looks at “The view from interlibrary loan services” from a research and scholarly communication perspective.

In her article “It’s all about the relationships,” Laura Graveline discusses the importance of ILL as a service in launching library services for a residency-based PhD program for studio artists. In another view from the frontlines of ILL, Andrew Shuping compares the skills needed for success as an ILL staffer as a combination of Sherlock Holmes, MacGyver, and Neo in his essay “The modern interlibrary loan office.”

Successful outreach programs can increase the view of the library as a center for campus activity. Catherine M. Brown looks at the past and present of cultural performances in the rotunda of the UCLA College Library in her article “Concerts and dances in a library?”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the final installment in 2013-14 ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes’ series on financial literacy education and libraries, a The Way I See It essay by Dale Larsen on reaching business students through“The Friday E-Mail List,” and Internet Resources on biographical resources by Susie Skarl.

Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you back in the News in September.

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