ACRL Board of Directors Condemns Racism and Violence in Charlottesville

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Board of Directors unequivocally decries and deplores all racism and racist ideologies and condemns the bigotry, hate, and violence demonstrated this past week by white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville. We stand with our colleagues at the University of Virginia, recognizing that this was not a localized gathering and could happen on any college or university campus. We honor and remember those who were injured or lost their lives in Charlottesville this past weekend.

ACRL is unwavering in its long-standing commitment to free exchange of different viewpoints, but what happened in Charlottesville was not that; instead, it was terrorism masquerading as free expression. ACRL will continue to advocate for and demand diversity, inclusion, equity, and access in our college and university libraries.

We hope that all members of ACRL will join us in reaffirming our commitment to support students, faculty, staff, and the public we serve. We are committed to representing many backgrounds and advocating for social justice on campus and in our communities.

Keeping Up With… Mindfulness

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 Mindfulness by Julie Artman.

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 sign up page 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, C&RL News, and RBM.

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 with questions or to submit topics.

Organizational Member Spotlight – University of Utah

University of UtahThe J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah joined ACRL in 1986 and has been an organizational member of ACRL for 32 years. We are proud to feature the J. Willard Marriott Library.

1. Describe your library in 3 words: All U Need.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: A trusted resource.

4. What does your library (as an organizational member) value about ACRL? In keeping with the University of Utah’s core priorities, the Marriott Library is devoted to supporting students with whatever services and collections they currently need. Whether it be providing traditional reference guidance for freshmen just getting their feet wet or purchasing the latest gaming software for those students in the Entertainment Arts & Engineering program, the Marriott’s Library’s priority is to “think outside the box” to help students succeed.

5. What value does your library contribute to your campus? We value the ACRL community and appreciate opportunities to learn and connect with members at conferences and through useful discussion lists.

6. In your own words: Academic libraries today are uniquely positioned to make an impact on campus. While the scholarly environment is under constant technological change, opportunity abounds for libraries to take part in publishing and also provide author services. At the same time, academic libraries have the distinct ability to rise to the ever-changing information and scholarship demands of both students and faculty across all disciplines.

Editor’s Note: Is your library an ACRL organizational member? Would you like to be featured in our Organizational Member Spotlight feature? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.

ACRL Program Proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference Due September 5

As a reminder, ACRL program proposals for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans are due September 5, 2017. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2018 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2017. ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups, and individual members to consider submitting program proposals.

More details about the Annual Conference program process are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Program Officer Megan Griffin at or ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at with questions concerning the program proposal process.

Member of the Week: Kelly McElroy

Kelly McElroyKelly McElroy is student engagement and community outreach librarian at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Kelly has been a member of ACRL since 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week for August 14, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, committed, cooperative.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? For fun? I’m currently re-reading The Prince Zine by Joshua James Amberson, which is a fantastic fanzine all about Prince, printed in purple ink; also Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan and A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Librarians connecting librarians.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL creates chances for me to meet other academic librarians with similar interests. I participated in ACRL Immersion in 2013, and when I think about the lasting impact, it is amazing how many ongoing professional relationships stem from that single week. For example, it was the first time I met Nicole Pagowsky, who I worked with on the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbooks, as well as at least three of our authors. Through its programming, ACRL fosters these opportunities to get in a room with the right people to make something excellent happen.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? My work at Oregon State is to welcome students, particularly from marginalized communities, into the library. Sometimes I say that I’m the fun librarian, because I get to think about ways to make the library more approachable and accessible. In some cases, this means directly connecting students to resources or services, but just as often I collaborate with other staff and faculty who work closely with those students. The library can be a part of initiatives to support particular campus communities—say, undocumented students, students experiencing homelessness, or QTPOC students—without creating a new service, but by sharing the resources we have, whether through teaching, technology, collections, or just by showing up. It’s easy to focus on the stuff we offer, but the relationships are also often crucial.

6. In your own words: For some reason, this question stumped me—I don’t have any deep reflections on this profession, especially not as a lifestyle. But as far as jobs go, I am glad to spend my days learning and helping other people learn, in a context where I can contribute to some kinds of social change.

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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