Your net neutrality examples by Fri Dec 5

ALA and ACRL have been asked by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education to submit a column discussing network neutrality and its impacts on colleges and universities. We have begun drafting this based on our extensive work with the FCC on this topic. We also would welcome input from ACRL members as to why the issue is important to our communities and what is at stake, particularly at a practical level.

We’re interested to know what you perceive as the practical implications of losing net neutrality. How would academic libraries be affected by the end of net neutrality? What might things look like on your campus? How would teaching, learning and research be changed? Are there other areas of universities and colleges that would be affected that might be surprising?

Please send your examples or suggestions by COB Friday, December 5, to Kara Malenfant, ACRL Sr. Strategist for Special Initiatives, at kmalenfant@ala.org.

ACRL e-Learning webcast series: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Registration is available for the three-part e-Learning webcast series, From Awareness to Transformation: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy in 21st Century Academic Libraries. This webcast series, organized by the ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy task force, will focus on practical approaches to building and strengthening connections between scholarly communication and information literacy in academic libraries.  These webcasts build on the work introduced in the ACRL white paper, Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment.

  • Webcast 1: Creating Strategic Collaborations – Starting the Conversations, Making the Connections, Taking Advantage of Opportunities (December 10, 2014)
  • Webcast 2: Designing Job Descriptions for New Roles: Integrating Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy into Library Liaison Job Descriptions (January 15, 2015)
  • Webcast 3: Is Copyright the Third Rail in Information Literacy, or a Common Denominator? (February 18, 2015)

These webcasts will provide content of use to a broad audience, from library staff who might have just begun these conversations to those who have already successfully addressing facets of the changing scholarly communication and information literacy landscape. Each webcast is related to the others but is also independent so you can do all three or just choose one or two that best meets your needs.

Complete details including webcast descriptions and learning outcomes for each webcast, and registration materials are available online. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

Member of the Week: John Glover

John GloverJohn Glover is Humanities Research Librarian at the Virginia Commonwealth University James Branch Cabell Library in Richmond, Virginia. John has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 24, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, inquisitive, patient.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?Too many things, as always. Ana Kai Tangata, by Scott Nicolay. Far From Streets, by Michael Griffin. The Luminol Reels, by Laura Ellen Joyce. Seam, by Tarfia Faizullah. Social Network Analysis, by John Scott. New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft, edited by David Simmons. Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Supportive, connected, metamorphic.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the way that ACRL provides a guiding light for the ecosystem that supports college and research libraries. Donors, technologists, librarians, staff members, administrators, library school students, trustees, vendors, programmers, managers, patrons, and other library supporters: I’ve met and learned from all of these people in ACRL-sponsored venues, whether conferences, webinars, or publications.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I run a one-of-a-kind matchmaking service for patrons in the humanities, connecting my people with whatever they need, be it a book, person, database, program, website, or otherwise. Having done that, I help them to understand the ever-multiplying, ever-expanding systems that contain these things, up until the point where they have enough knowledge to navigate the chaos on their own.

6. In your own words: When I come to a fork in the road, I usually take it! Academic libraries are wonderful—endlessly diverting—and they contain something of the entire world. As such, when I encounter anything odd, whether it’s a foreign idea, mystifying item record, or student asking for something libraries don’t carry (chocolate parrots! Lamborghini can openers!), I start digging. And I dig. And I keep on digging, partly because it’s fun, but partly because it may mean an opportunity to change or improve things for our patrons. People will usually tell you that chocolate parrots don’t belong in the library (and they may be right), but the search and discussion will inevitably prove useful.


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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