Keeping Up With… Digital Pedagogy

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 Pedagogy by Reed Garber-Pearson and Robin Chin Roemer.

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.

ACRL Sets 2017 Legislative Agenda

Each year, the ACRL Government Relations Committee, in consultation with the ACRL Board of Directors and staff, formulates an ACRL Legislative Agenda. Drafted with input from key ACRL committees, ACRL leaders, and the ALA Washington Office, the ACRL Legislative Agenda is prioritized and focuses on issues at the national level affecting the welfare of academic and research libraries. The ACRL Board of Directors recently approved the 2076 ACRL Legislative Agenda in time for National Library Legislative Day, May 1-2, in Washington, D.C.

The 2017 ACRL Legislative Agenda focuses on four issues that the U.S. Congress has recently taken, or will most likely take, action on in the year ahead: federal funding for libraries, network neutrality, access to federally funded research, and privacy and government surveillance. The agenda also includes a watch list of policy issues of great concern to academic librarians. Legislation on these issues is not likely to arise and, moreover, ACRL does not believe that any legislation about these issues is necessary. Issues on the watch list are: access to government data, proposed budget cuts, and activities of the Congressional House Education and the Workforce Committee. ACRL will continue tracking these issues and advocate for the best interests of academic and research libraries, if necessary. Read the complete legislative agenda for more details.

Don’t forget to advocate for libraries in early May by calling or emailing Congress as part of ALA’s Virtual Library Legislative Day. Virtual Library Legislative Day activities will be held throughout the week of May 1-5, 2017, and will be an opportunity for all library advocates to make their voices heard on a national level. Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can be a part of the effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials any time the week of May 1-5.

Over the next few days, please take a moment to register and then ask others in your circles — members, followers, patrons, fellow library staffers, and friends — to join. You’ll receive reminders to take action, along with talking points, email templates, and other resources to help you craft your message. You’ll also find a link to the live webcast from National Library Legislative Day, so you hear the issue briefing live from D.C. on May 1.

ACRL Online Journals Migration April 28

As a reminder, the online versions of ACRL’s College & Research Libraries (C&RL), College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News), and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage publications will migrate to the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform on Friday, April 28. The addition of features and other enhancements will continue in the weeks following the beta launch.

OJS is an open source journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project as part of its efforts to expand and improve access to research. The move of ACRL’s serials publications to OJS aligns the association’s commitment to open access publishing with the open source software movement.

2018 ACRL President’s Program Planning Committee Invites Your Participation

At the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, the ACRL President’s Program will explore the idea of resilience in (hopefully) all of its complexity. As a first step in our planning process, we want to hear your stories about resilience and how you have experienced it in your workplace. We are not looking for a specific type of story or any particular focus. Please share as much or as little as you like through our form.

We would love to hear your stories as soon as possible! Our preferred date to receive them is by Monday, June 19, 2017, but the form will remain open for some time after the 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

The planning committee will use the stories we gather to identify the scope and themes for the program. We will also share them with the speakers to help them as they prepare. To protect your anonymity, we will redact names and institutions from the stories before sharing them with speakers; and we will not share these stories in any form publicly.

Thank you again for sharing your time and experiences.  If you have questions, additional comments to share, or ideas for good speakers, please contact Jeanne Davidson at jeanne.davidson@sdstate.edu.

Seeking Feedback on Draft of Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

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An ACRL task force seeks comments on a draft of potential changes to the the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE) before completing final revisions and submitting the standards with a recommendation to approve them. Like all ACRL standards and guidelines, these are subject to a regular cyclical review. Please review the draft documents and provide feedback either by attending an upcoming online open forum or by submitting your comments through an online feedback form by Tuesday, May 23.

Join the free online open forum Seeking Feedback on Draft of Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education on Thursday, May 11, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.)

How to Register
Submit your free registration online by May 10, 2017.  Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of May 10.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Tech Check
The online open forum takes place in a WebEx meeting room. Make certain you have an updated version of Java. Make sure you have the most recent WebEx software by checking the system requirements. This especially applies to users accessing the meeting through a mobile device. We recommend a USB headset. Please allow a few minutes to get in and test your audio, etc. before the start time.

Background
The SLHE, adopted in 2011, are designed to guide academic libraries in advancing and sustaining their role as partners in educating students, achieving their institutions’ missions, and positioning libraries as leaders in assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses. Libraries in higher education are increasingly required to demonstrate their value and document their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness and be prepared to address changes in higher education. The SLHE is a framework for library planning and assessment that can be used for a variety of circumstances including annual planning, program review, and accreditation self-study.

Questions?
Contact the task force chair, Andrea Falcone at Andrea.Falcone@ucdenver.edu or (303) 352-3953.

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