Update on the Framework for Information Literacy “Sandbox”

Framework for Informaiton Literacy coverThe ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) has been hard at work collaborating with the Cherry Hill Company on the development of the Framework “Sandbox,” a repository for sharing Framework instruction materials.

While development has taken a little longer than originally anticipated, we are excited to report that the repository will enter into the testing phase within the next week. After testing is complete and feedback incorporated, we hope to launch the website by the end of November/early December of this year.

We are aware of how highly anticipated this resource is by members of the profession. It has been a priority of ours to balance timeliness of availability of this repository with a high quality, dynamic platform that upon launch will meet the needs of academic librarians using the Framework. This repository will allow contributors to upload resources they have developed and will provide robust searching by fields such as keyword, institution, contributor, and more, so that those looking for ideas can find related materials. We are grateful for everyone’s continued patience, and look forward with excitement to launching before the end of the fall 2016 semester.

In the meantime, we hope Framework practitioners are getting their Framework-related resources ready for submission to the “Sandbox.” We can’t wait to see what everyone has already created!

— The FAB “Sandbox” Project Team (Donna Witek, Susan Miller, and Sharon Mader)

Call for ACRL e-Learning proposals – 11/18 deadline

Submit a proposal for a live webcast or asynchronous online course and share your cutting-edge practices and innovative developments with your colleagues. Check out the ACRL e-Learning Call for Proposals online. Proposals are due November 18, 2016.

e-Learning Formats
Webcasts: ACRL webcasts are 60-90 minutes in length, including time for audience Q&A.  Presenters can use PowerPoint, online polls, white board, and other interactive tools during the webcast. Participants can interact with the presenters via text-based chat or audio. ACRL offers e-Learning webcast presenters a 10% royalty of webcast registration revenue, less production fees, split between the presenters.

Online Courses: ACRL online courses are primarily asynchronous events offered over the course of three or four weeks. Online courses are offered on the Moodle platform. Courses should include weekly readings, discussion questions, assignments, chat sessions, and/or a final assignment. ACRL provides one-time $1,000 for content development for new multi-week courses, as well as a royalty of 10% of the course registration fees, split between the presenters, each time the course is offered.

How to submit a proposal
Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form by November 18, 2016.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522.

ACRL 2017 Schedule, What’s New

ACRL 2017 logoThe ACRL 2017 program schedule is now available on the conference website. ACRL 2017 features more than 300 thought-provoking sessions hand-selected by your peers.

You can sort the schedule by date, session format, primary tag, or search for particular speakers. And while you can’t be in two places at once, your conference registration allows you access to over 200 of these sessions in the Virtual Conference for one full year after the event!

While you’re on the ACRL 2017 website checking out all the great programs waiting for you in Baltimore, make sure to visit the What’s New page for details on all of the new additions to conference, including our upcoming conference app, trivia night, and more!

ACRL Presents: Update on ACRL Action-Oriented Research Agenda (11/15)

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Update on ACRL’s Action-Oriented Research Agenda,” on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central time (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pacific | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central  | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.)

Learn about progress on ACRL’s forthcoming action-oriented research agenda on library contributions to student learning and success. A team from OCLC Research – which ACRL selected to design, develop, and deliver the new action-oriented agenda – has been working since August and seeks your input and feedback.

Join ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee chair to hear the context for this work along with the project director and team members. This forum will allow community members to ask questions and give reactions to the first draft. You can find the draft online one week prior to the online forum on the project webpage.

Presenters: Jaime Hammond, director of library services at Naugatuck Valley Community College and chair of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee; Lynn Silipigni Connaway, project director and senior research scientist at OCLC; and project team members Vanessa Kitzie and Stephanie Mikitish, doctoral candidates at Rutgers University.

How to register: Submit your free registration online by noon Central on Monday, November 14. Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of November 14.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to mconahan@ala.org.

Member of the Week: Sarah J. Wright

Sarah J. WrightSarah J. Wright is Life Sciences Librarian for Research at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Sarah has been an ACRL member since 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 17, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, adventurous, and spontaneous—how else do you think I got to be a librarian?!

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I have three ebooks loaded right now! Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, which I started reading in preparation for a trip to NYC last weekend and I’m totally consumed by it; Barkskins by Annie Proulx, which I’ve just begun and am very excited about because I love Annie Proulx and her writing and it’s been a long time; and The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante. That one is up next because I read the Neapolitan novels, didn’t want them to end, and decided to try another of her books. I also have a pile of books leaning dangerously on the side table in my dining room, but between kids and life, I haven’t gotten to them yet.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: I am terrible at this! Awesome, community, support.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I love that I have such a great group of colleagues that I can rely on to support me, challenge me, keep me informed, and help me grow in my career—that’s ACRL in a nutshell to me. I rely on ACRL for ongoing professional development and learning opportunities, and have been lucky to learn from so many excellent colleagues! Now that I get to be a presenter for the Building Your Research Data Management Tool Kit Road Show, I welcome the opportunity to give back to my colleagues in an area that I have some expertise in.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am the Life Sciences Librarian for Research at Albert R. Mann Library, which serves the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. In that role, I do a lot of different things including reference, instruction, and liaison services. My major passion as a former researcher (lab rat) turned librarian is the research support part of my job, and I’m an active member of the Research Data Management Service Group (RDMSG), a collaborative, campus-wide organization that assists with creating and implementing data management plans, applying best practices for managing data, and finding data management services.

6. In your own words: I became a librarian because I thought it would be an engaging and exciting career, and one that would enable me to continue learning for the rest of my life. I have not been disappointed. I feel that I am particularly fortunate to be a librarian in such exciting times, when we are looking forward and thinking about how we can best position ourselves strategically as active participants within the research life cycle of the university. I am so lucky to be intellectually stimulated and engaged every day!

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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