Member of the Week: Melissa Ringle

Melissa RingleMelissa Ringle is Curriculum Coordinator/Library and Learning Resources at Northwest Allen County Schools in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Melissa has been an ACRL member since 2014,  is an ALA 2015 Emerging Leader and your ACRL member of the week for April 20, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Adventurous, energetic, and ambitious.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness; Walter Cronkite: His Life & Times by Doug James; and the current issue of Rolling Stone.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Knowledgeable, inspiring, and insightful.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL is an invaluable resource–it provides insight and guidance from seasoned veterans, impactful and meaningful research, abundances of knowledge and inspiration that renews my spirit and love of the library and informatics profession.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? In August, I left my position as an Instructional/Reference Librarian at Indiana Tech to pursue a new adventure as the Curriculum Coordinator/Library and Learning Resources for Northwest Allen County Schools. It was a unique opportunity to nurture exploration and excellences in information literacy, critical thinking, and lifelong learning skills with 21st century learners in a K-12 environment. As an academic librarian, I am passionate about developing the skill sets students need to succeed in and outside of the classroom. My current position allows me to collaborate with faculty and staff to bridge the gap between information literacy skill development and information literacy skill expectations for college and the workforce, establishing a learning commons that supports course curriculum, promotes reading for enrichment, fosters lifelong learning and reinforces college and career readiness for students based on pedagogical innovation and best practices.

6. In your own words: As academic librarians, we have a vital role in the integration of information literacy across curriculum, and the strategic implementation of emerging technology into classrooms. It’s important that we make our voices heard.

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.

April e-Learning from ACRL

ACRL is offering two online learning opportunities this month to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

ACRL webcasts address hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last 90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom.

Precision Googling: Techniques to Extract Exactly What You Want from the Largest Search Engine (April 22, 2015)
This interactive webcast will include a review of advanced search techniques, syntax, and operators; explanation of recent changes to the search interface; hands-on practice with advanced search operators and tools; and real-time exploration of and discussion of the algorithms that generate user-specific results.

ACRL online courses provide asynchronous, multi-week content with weekly readings and assignments.

What You Need to Know about Writing Data Management Plans (April 27-May 15, 2015)
Join two experienced data management plan consultants with experience in liaison librarianship and information technology as they demonstrate how all librarians have the ability to successfully consult on data management plan. Each week will include assigned readings, a written lecture, discussion questions, weekly assignments, and live chats with the instructors.

Complete details and registration information for our April e-Learning opportunities are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at for more information.

SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA Annual Conference

Join us for the SPARC/ ACRL Forum, “Advancing ‘Open’ through Library Partnerships with Students and Early Career Researchers,” at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Over the past few years, collaborations have been increasing between academic libraries and students and early-career researchers (ECRs) — specifically around the issues of Open Access, Open Educational Resources and Open Data. Although academic libraries often work directly with faculty members on “open” issues, there is a growing opportunity for libraries to engage with graduate students and other early career researchers, who make up the next generation of faculty members, and have the potential to collectively transform scholarly communication systems into fully open models.

This forum will discuss the benefits of working with students and ECRs and highlight how libraries can engage effectively with these important stakeholders by showcasing successful examples of collaboration. The forum will be held from 3:00-4:30 pm on Saturday, June 27, 2015.


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