2017 ACRL Board of Directors Candidates

ACRL is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the association’s Board of Directors for the 2017 ALA/ACRL elections.


  • José Aguiñaga,  Glendale Community College
  • Lauren Pressley, University of Washington-Tacoma


  • Erin T. Smith, Westminster College
  • Kelly Jacobsma, Hope College


  • Annemarie Roscello, Bergen Community College
  • Jeanne Davidson, South Dakota State University

A full list of candidates for ACRL and section offices will be available in the January 2017 issue of C&RL News.

Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook Two-Volume Set Now Available

Critical Pedagogy coverACRL announces the publication of the two-volume Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook. Edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy, these books provide a collection of ideas, best practices, and lesson plans that contribute to the richness of what it means to do this type of work in libraries.

Critical pedagogy incorporates inclusive and reflective teaching for aims of social justice. It provides mechanisms for students to evaluate their social, political, and economic standing, and to question societal norms and how these norms perpetuate societal injustices. Teaching librarians have long incorporated social justice into their work, but focused interest in critical library pedagogy has grown rapidly in recent years. In two volumes, the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook works to make critical pedagogy more accessible for library educators, examining both theory and practice to help the busy practitioner explore various aspects of teaching for social justice.

Volume One, Essays and Workbook Activities, provides short essays reflecting on personal practice, describing projects, and exploring major ideas to provide inspiration for the exploration of critical pedagogy. The bibliography of each chapter provides a network of other sources to examine, and the volume closes with a selection of workbook activities to improve practice and understanding of critical pedagogy.

Volume Two, Lesson Plans, provides plans covering everything from small activities to multi-session projects. Critical pedagogy requires collaborating with learners and adapting to their needs, as well as continual reflection, but these lessons provide elements that can be tweaked to fit many kinds of environments. These chapters also provide 30 different views on creating and delivering critically designed information literacy instruction and reflect material commonly requested by faculty—including introductions to databases, evaluating information sources, and the research cycle.

The Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook set will help build personal teaching skills and identity, cultivate local community, and document the journey of critical practitioners.

Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook is available for purchase in print and as ebooks for Volume One and Volume Two through the ALA Online Store, in print from Amazon.com, and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Keeping Up With… Small and Rural Libraries

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 Small and Rural Libraries by Rebecca Freeman.

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.

REMINDER: ACRL 2017 Scholarship Applications Due October 7

ACRL 2017 logoScholarship applications to attend ACRL 2017 are due on Friday, October 7! You may need to get references and other information in order, so don’t wait until the last minute to get started on your applications!

ACRL is offering approximately 150 scholarships worth more than $100,000 for the conference to be held March 22 — 25, 2017, in Baltimore.

Scholarships to ACRL 2017 are available in the following categories:

  • Early-career Librarian Scholarships – provide opportunities for librarians with less than six years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge.
  • Mid-career Librarian Scholarships – provide opportunities for librarians with more than six and less than fifteen years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge.
  • Library Support Staff Scholarships – provide opportunities for library support staff to attend the premier event for academic and research libraries.
  • Library School Student Scholarships – provide opportunities for library school students to learn more about current issues and developments in academic and research libraries.
  • Spectrum Scholar Travel Grants – provide opportunities for Spectrum Scholars to attend the ACRL conference for professional development and networking with colleagues or mentors through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.
  • Virtual Conference Scholarships – provide unique opportunities for collaboration, learning and networking online.

Your donations help support these opportunities to attend ACRL 2017. Please consider contributing to our scholarship fund. Information on donating  is available on the ACRL 2017 Scholarship Campaign website.

To apply, visit the scholarships section of the ACRL 2017 website. For more information about ACRL 2017, contact Tory Ondrla at tondrla@ala.org or (312) 280-2515.

Member of the Week: Christina Sibley

Christina SibleyChristina Sibley is Distance Education Librarian at Arizona Western College in Yuma, AZ. Christina has been an ACRL member since 2005 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 19, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, helpful, dependable.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I just finished The M Train by Patti Smith and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I have begun Gloria Steinem’s new memoir My Life on the Road.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Camaraderie, development, leadership.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The opportunity to meet my peers from across the country and get exposed to new ideas.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As Distance Education Librarian I provide library support and instruction to our online and distance campus students, as well as participating in reference, instruction and collection development with my colleagues in the library.

6. In your own words: Community colleges have diverse student populations. One minute I can be helping a traditional young college student, another minute a middle aged person learning English as a second language, and next a trucker who is working on a certificate in logistics and wants to move into that type of work. I enjoy this diversity. It’s exciting to see students progressing towards their goals. Sometimes the older students who have been away from school for a long time are a little nervous and I can encourage them by letting them know that I, too, returned to school later in life for a career change and they can succeed. Being a community college librarian is rewarding.

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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