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IFLA Committee Applications Due May 7

April 22nd, 2014 by Megan Griffin in ALA, Committees

Would you like to represent ALA on an International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) section standing committee? The biennial appointment process to represent ALA on relevant IFLA standing committees is currently underway for terms running from 2015 through 2019.

The ACRL Board of Directors endorses candidates for election to a number of IFLA standing committees, with the ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) acting in an advisory capacity to the Board in recommending approval for appointment.  The deadline for nominations is May 7, 2014.  Complete details on the application process are available in ALA Connect and more information on IFLA is available on the association website. Contact Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee Chair, Mary Carr, at Mary.Carr@ccs.spokane.edu, with questions.

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Scholarly Communication Workshop Presenter Deadline Extended to April 29

April 21st, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Scholarly Communication

SC workshop blockThe deadline to apply to be a new presenter for the ACRL workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” has been extended to 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The day-long workshop, now in its sixth year, is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. The dynamic and evolving workshop is updated each year to meet the evolving needs of the community.

The new presenter(s) will participate in shaping the curriculum as a collegial partner with the current presenters. Serving as a new presenter involves participating in monthly planning calls, in-person design meetings (held in conjunction with ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference), participating in all segments of the workshop event, and some development of materials, exercises and presentations. The new presenter will ideally participate in two workshops during summer 2014 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter.

Read full details about being a new presenter and learn how to apply. Questions? Contact Scott Mandernack, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at scott.mandernack@marquette.edu or (414) 288-7954. The date for notifying applicants of their status has been extended to  Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

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Member of the Week: Katelyn Angell

April 21st, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week

Katelyn AngellKatelyn Angell is Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Long Island University Brooklyn Campus in Brooklyn, New York. Katelyn has been an ACRL member since 2011 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 21, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Motivated, curious, jovial.

2. What are you currently reading? I’m in graduate school for psychology right now so the majority of my reading material has pertained to psychoanalysis or forensics! However, in my spare time I’ve been reading the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop and Edna St. Vincent Millay, along with Morrissey’s Autobiography.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Cutting-edge, supportive, energizing.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Learning about ACRL during my time in library school was one of the primary factors which confirmed to me that academic librarianship was the area of the profession most suited for my skills and objectives! The organization has such a diverse array of both in-person and virtual professional development opportunities, ranging from licensed workshops to a comprehensive bi-yearly conference to the prestigious Information Literacy Immersion Program. I’m so grateful to ACRL for a scholarship which they awarded me earlier this year; it allowed me to attend ACRL 2013 in Indianapolis — my first ACRL conference ever! This type of funding that ACRL offers is so valuable to students and librarians alike during these difficult financial times.

I also really appreciate and benefit from ACRL’s publications. It’s always exciting when I come home and find a copy of College & Research Libraries News in my mailbox; I learn such practical pedagogical strategies from its articles. (I also really like having a print copy; it’s really nice to curl up with the journal and a mug of tea on the couch!)

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a tenure-track academic librarian my job is a combination of on-the-job reference and instruction activities, scholarship, and service to the university and profession. My teaching responsibilities are split between classroom instruction and the reference desk, where I also provide telephone and virtual reference. I relish the opportunity to teach information literacy skills to residents of the community in which I live and work. Helping undergraduate and graduate students locate, evaluate, and apply the information they seek to meet their educational, professional, and recreational needs assists not just these individuals but the community as a whole.

I’m currently enrolled in the psychology master’s program at LIU Brooklyn in order to become a psychology subject specialist. As such I teach the bulk of the psychology library instruction sessions! In addition to my librarian duties I also serve on several university-wide committees, including the Gender Studies Faculty Board and the Academic Affairs Committee. These roles allow me to further contribute to favorable learning experiences and outcomes among the student body

6. In your own words: I’m so happy to have a position which encourages me to both teach information literacy skills to members of my community and contribute to the development of my field through scholarship and professional service. In addition to enjoying teaching others research skills I take great joy in conducting my own research on library-related topics and publishing my findings in the field’s journals. When I was a college student I was torn between becoming either a librarian or a psychologist; I decided that I would become an academic librarian with a focus on the social sciences, and it’s been one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made for myself!


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 mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

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Keeping Up With… Digital Writing in the College Classroom

April 17th, 2014 by David Free in Keeping Up With

The latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is now available.  This month’s issue features a discussion of Digital Writing in the College Classroom by Andrea Baer.

Keeping Up With… is available on the ACRL website and each issue will be send via email to ACRL members. Non-members  can visit our email subscription page to sign up to receive Keeping Up With… and a variety of other ACRL awareness publications including the ACRL Update newsletter and table of contents alerts for C&RL and C&RL News.

ACRL is currently accepting topic suggestions for future editions of Keeping Up With… . Visit the Keeping Up With… website for more information or contact David Free at dfree@ala.org with questions or to submit topics.

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Upcoming ACRL Webcast – Out of the Library and Into the Community: Academic Libraries and Community Engagement

April 16th, 2014 by Margot Conahan in eLearning

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “Out of the Library and Into the Community: Academic Libraries and Community Engagement,” on Wednesday, April 23 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central).

Conversations about democracy, information access, and information distribution within communities continue to gain momentum in both academia and society as a whole. Academic librarians and LIS faculty can work with social justice issues in many ways. During this interactive webcast, learn how the speakers shape and bring to the forefront these issues via their teaching, scholarship, and work in local communities. Areas addressed include: community informatics, information literacy-focused service learning, and community outreach.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how academic librarians influence our profession via their social justice-related work.
  • Develop an increased awareness of leadership and other roles for librarians in diverse communities.
  • Take away concrete ideas for high impact, collaborative social projects within the realm of library and information science.

Presenter(s): Maureen Barry, First Year Experience Librarian, Wright State University; Martin Wolske, Senior Research Scientist, University of Illinois; Lizz Zitron, Instruction and Reference Librarian, Pacific Lutheran University

Registration materials and details on the webcast are available on the ACRL e-Learning website, and group registration and other discounts are available.  Contact mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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Circle of Friends: Helen H. Spalding

April 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.

Helen SpaldingHelen H. Spalding served as ACRL President 2002-2003, and is a charter member of the Friends of ACRL (founded in 1998).

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Grateful, Active, Committed.

2. Why do you support the Friends of ACRL? ACRL is exceptionally administered with integrity, accountability, and transparency.  The variety of programs and services ACRL provides members is amazing, given the budget within which it operates and its dependence on volunteer leadership.  Student and members’ ability to attend conferences, and ACRL’s revenue streams are not adequate to fulfill all needs.  The ACRL Friends funds are necessary to provide scholarships for conference attendance and awards encouraging and recognizing innovation, to strengthen ACRL’s advocacy on behalf of our library users, and to fund strategic initiatives.  If each of us contributes what we can, the Friends has the ability to continue to make a crucial difference in individual academic librarians’ professional development and in our ability to make a positive difference for those we serve.  Donors can be confident their funds are handled responsibly and effectively.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you?  As a retiree, I love being active as a volunteer and in singing, readers theater, a drama group, a book group, and as Chair of the local public library board.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way? So many mentors and colleagues have influenced me, many without knowing the impact they made.  Each gave a different perspective on leadership and/or service, and each saw and encouraged potential in me that I did not see in myself.  Charles Churchwell, Kaye Gapen, Hugh Atkinson, Carla Stoffle, JoAnn Segal, Liz Salzer, Mary Ellen Davis, Sue Martin, Sarah Pritchard, Camila Alire, Betsy Wilson, Theresa Byrd, Ray English, John Popko, Louise Sherby, Elizabeth Henry, Brenda Dingley, Marilyn Carbonell, and Adriene Lim are only some of those who inspired me to grow and encourage others to make the most of their potential. (Forgive me for not naming so many others who made a critical difference to me and to so many others!)

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the near future (or the long term)? I hope ACRL continues to remain sustainable as an effective member association, and is the go-to voice for academic librarianship in the higher education, scholarly communication, and legislative arenas.  Too often, the strength of the whole is not valued on behalf of the many different concerns of the association.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? ACRL provides a place of professional engagement that greatly enhances what librarians can gain through education and experience. Incredibly bright, creative, sharing colleagues generate ideas, inspiration, advocacy, networking, and programs that are richer for the collaboration.  Together, we bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives, enriching the impact we have on librarianship, teaching, learning, and scholarship more than what we could accomplish separately for our libraries and higher education. The cost of dues and conference attendance always has been worth what I have gained personally and professionally through participation.  I can continue to say thank you through the ACRL Friends.

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Appeals court decision undermines free speech, misinterprets copyright law

April 15th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Advocacy

From the ALA Washington Office:

Last week, ALA (together with ACRL and ARL) joined an amicus brief calling for reconsideration of a 9th circuit court decision in Garcia v. Google, case where actress Cindy Sue Garcia sued Google for not removing a YouTube video in which she appears. Garcia appears for five seconds in “Innocence of Muslims,” the radical anti-Islamic video that fueled the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi. The video was uploaded on YouTube, exposing Garcia to threats and hate mail. Garcia did not know that her five second performance would be used in a controversial video.

Garcia turned to the copyright law for redress, arguing that her five second performance was protected by copyright, and therefore, as a rights holder she could ask that the video be removed from YouTube. While we empathize with Garcia’s situation, the copyright law does not protect performances in film—instead these performances are works-for-hire. This ruling, if taken to its extreme, would hold that anyone who worked on a film—from the editor to the gaffer—could claim rights, creating a copyright permissions nightmare.

On appeal, the judge agreed that the copyright argument was weak, but nonetheless ruled for Garcia. The video currently is not available for public review. This decision needs to be reheard en banc—the copyright ruling is mistaken, and perhaps more importantly, the copyright law cannot be used to restrain speech. While the facts of this case are not at all appealing, we agree that rules of law need to be upheld. Fundamental values of librarianship—including intellectual freedom, fair use, and preservation of the cultural record—are in serious conflict with the existing court ruling.

Read more on the case.

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Reminder: April 22 Deadline to Apply to Become Presenter for ACRL Scholarly Communication workshop

April 15th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Scholarly Communication

SC workshop blockACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.” The day-long workshop, now in its sixth year, is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. The workshop content is updated each year to meet the evolving needs of the community. In 2014, the sections will focus on access, intellectual property, engagement, and emerging opportunities for scholarship. In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team is seeking to develop virtual programming, which may be via brief recorded videos that would be housed in the ACRL scholarly communication toolkit and/or through a live webcast series as part of ACRL’s e-Learning program.

We seek to expand our pool of presenters by recruiting and mentoring at least two new people in 2014, and applications are due by 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Required:

  • A designated role in scholarly communications within your library.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Experience with instructional design or workshop design and meeting facilitation.
  • Collaborative planning skills.
  • Must be available to attend up to two road shows to be offered in summer 2014 to shadow current presenters, then co-present an average of two workshops per year.
  • Available to participate in curriculum updates and workshop planning during monthly one hour conference calls.

Strongly preferred:

  • Participation in an ACRL Scholarly Communication workshop (either at ACRL Conference 2009 in Seattle, ALA Midwinter Meeting 2012 in Dallas, or as a road show in spring/summer 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014).
  • Available to attend a presenter curriculum design retreat, to be held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, on Friday, June 27, 2-5p.m.

The workshop content is dynamic and evolving, and the new presenter(s) will participate in shaping the curriculum as a collegial partner with the current presenters. Serving as a new presenter involves participating in monthly planning calls, in-person design meetings (held in conjunction with ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference), participating in all segments of the workshop event, and some development of materials, exercises and presentations. The new presenter will ideally participate in two workshops during summer 2014 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter. The new presenter will gain experience by shadowing experienced presenters and team-teaching a section or assignment before taking a leading role. The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee will consider applicants who can only attend one program in 2014 and begin teaching in 2015. ACRL will reimburse the new presenter for travel costs for up to two road shows in 2014 (flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals). ACRL provides a modest honorarium to experienced presenters.

To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:

  1. A statement addressing the following questions (two pages max for all):
    • Why do you want to become a presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication workshop?
    • What publications have you authored or presentations have you given (within the library or outside) related to scholarly communications topics?
    • What contributions could you make to the presenter team that align with the qualifications?
    • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    • Are there videos that demonstrate your talents as a teacher?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for 2 references who have direct knowledge of your teaching experience.
  4. The single PDF application must submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, to Scott Mandernack, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at scott.mandernack@marquette.edu.

The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has formed a small review team, separate from the current presenters, to consider applications. The process includes checking references and a telephone (or Skype) interview. The group will select new presenters for 2014 and notify all applicants by Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Scott Mandernack at scott.mandernack@marquette.edu or (414) 288-7954.

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Comment on IL Framework by April 21; Participate in April 17 Online Forum

April 14th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Information Literacy, Standards and Guidelines

small_bannerACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force invites you to share your perspective on the initial draft of the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education during the online open forum to be held Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8am Pacific/9am Mountain/10am Central/11am Eastern. Sign up online to attend at least one hour in advance as login details will be emailed prior to the forum.

Watch the recording or download the presentation PDF from the April 4 online forum on the task force website. Additionally, we encourage you to provide feedback on both parts of the initial draft via an online form. The deadline for comments has been extended to 5pm Central on Monday, April 21, 2014.

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Member of the Week: Kate Leuschke Blinn

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

Kate Leuschke BlinnKate Leuschke Blinn is Academic Outreach Librarian at the Earlham College Lilly Library in Richmond, Indiana. Kate has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 14, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Happiest when helpful.

2. What are you currently reading? Best American Non-Required Reading of 2013 (Dave Eggers, ed.): I always get it as soon as it comes out, but then try to savor it and make it last as long as possible.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Smart innovative colleagues.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I loved the opportunity to have a librarian mentor as I was finishing my MLIS. The Delaware Valley Chapter matched me with a great and supportive mentor.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? My main goal is to be open to and supportive of new ideas, especially when faculty or students are trying something for the first time. I’m a librarian/cheerleader!

6. In your own words: My first year of working as a librarian at a liberal arts college similar to the one I attended was full of nostalgic moments. This second year has been full of professional challenges I’ve given to myself: more active-learning instruction, more outreach events, more social media. I’m glad my “sophomore year” has made me feel more like a grown-up librarian! :)


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 mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

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