Changes to IPEDS Survey Definitions for 2015–2016—Webinar Recording Available Online

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component adopted revised definitions for FY 2015–2016 as a result of recommendations made by a joint Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and ACRL task force in the summer of 2015. The recording of an ARL-ACRL webinar detailing these changes, which aired November 3, 2015, is now available below or on YouTube.

The joint task force recommended and IPEDS accepted changes to definitions of data elements in the IPEDS survey. The task force recommendations with IPEDS responses are publicly available online. Most of these changes impact the way libraries report items such as e-books and open access titles, digital government document titles and volumes, other media such as microforms and maps (both analog and digital), databases, and circulation of digital and analog materials.

The annual ACRL Academic Library Trends & Statistics survey captures data from the IPEDS Academic Libraries Component and a number of other IPEDS survey components and makes it available for download so that survey participants can upload their statistics into the IPEDS database directly or send to their institutional keyholders. The 2015 ACRL Survey form and instructions are available at: and If you have questions or need to change the contact information for the survey, you can contact Counting Opinions by emailing or by calling (800) 542-9847 (9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. EST). The data collection period ends April 30, 2016, and it is anticipated that the 2015 data will be available by mid-June with publication of the print edition to follow in the fall of 2016. Complimentary access to the aggregate survey results will be provided to all who participate in the 2015 survey.

Free ACRL Webcast – Tips for ACRL 2017 Proposal Submissions (3/3)

acrl_2017_4colorAre you interested in submitting a proposal for the ACRL 2017 Conference? Join members of the ACRL 2017 Conference Committee for a free hour-long webcast at 1:00 p.m. Central on Thursday, March 3, 2016. During this live webcast, committee members who are also seasoned proposal submitters and/or reviewers will provide tips on submitting your best ACRL 2017 conference proposal. Learn about the overall process, see examples of successful proposals, and discover ways to strengthen your proposal submission.

Jim Neal, ACRL 2017 Conference Chair; Heidi Steiner Burkhardt, ACRL 2017 Panel Sessions Co-Chair, University of Michigan; Rhonda Huisman, ACRL 2017 Contributed Papers Co-Chair, Marian University; Cindy Steinhoff, ACRL 2017 Workshops Co-Chair, Anne Arundel Community College.

How to register
Submit your free registration online by noon Central on Wednesday, March 3. Webcast log-in details will be sent out the afternoon prior to the live event. The session will be recorded and the recording will be available on the ACRL 2017 website shortly after the live event.

For more information
Check out the complete ACRL 2017 Call for Participation to learn more. Contact Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or e-mail with questions.

ACRL New Member Forum: Getting Involved in ACRL

New to ACRL and curious about the ACRL committee appointment process? It’s not too late to volunteer to serve on a ACRL committee. The ACRL Membership Committee invites new ACRL members, and those who are interested in getting involved in ACRL to participate in a free online forum about the many volunteer opportunities (in sections, interest groups, discussion groups, and division-level committees). We will explain how the entire appointment process works. This will be an interactive session, so bring your questions for our panelists including Chase Ollis, ACRL Program Coordinator for Member Services; Erin Ellis, Chair of theACRL Leadership and Recruitment Committee; and Ellysa Cahoy, Chair of the ACRL Instruction Section.

The forum will be held from 9:30-10:30 am CST on Thursday, February 4. Attendees will need a USB headset (and an Internet connection) to utilize the VoIP feature. We recommend that all attendees have headsets with microphones available, and have a current version of Flash player installed. No advance registration or sign-up is required, just enter the Adobe Connect meeting room to participate in the forum.

February 4 Update: 

A recording of this session is now available at


C&RLNews – February 2016


The February 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Collaborations, both within and across institutional lines, provide a way to extend library services and demonstrate the value of libraries to the higher education community. Gauging the success of collaborative efforts can sometimes be tricky, however. Librarians from the Cornell University Library provide tested tips and tools for assessing both internal and external collaborations in their article “Partnerships.”

Assessment and evaluation are also essential to developing courses and other learning activities. Amanda Nichols Hess and James L. Moseley discuss their experiences “Conducting formative evaluation online,” while developing and presenting an online learning module at Oakland University.

Cynthia Hudson-Vitale and Jennifer Moore add to the discussion of assessment techniques with their experiment using “Digital badges” in helping librarians at Washington University in St. Louis develop data management and GIS skills.

Diversity and inclusion efforts continue to be a needed point of focus in academic and research libraries. In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Charlotte Roh of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst examines these issues through the lens of scholarly publishing in her article “Library publishing and diversity values.”

With spring conference season close at hand, Tina P. Franks of The Ohio State University provides a travelogue of her recent adventures as a first-time poster presenter in her The Way I See It essay “Travel companion.”

Also this month we continue our look at the upcoming ALA/ACRL elections with statements from the candidates for ACRL vice-president/president-elect. Vote for the candidates of your choice in the election beginning March 15.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including an ACRL TechConnect article by Tammy Ivins on creating automated reports from Google Forms and Internet Resources on Intellectual Freedom Associations by Steven Greechie.

Member of the Week: Catherine Soehner

Catherine SoehnerCatherine Soehner is Associate Dean of Research and User Services at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library in Salt Lake City, UT. Catherine has been an ACRL member since 1995 and is your ACRL member of the week for February 1, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Collaborative, energetic, compassionate.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? For pleasure, I’m reading Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, a book I was given as a Christmas present from my step-daughter. As for professional reading, I have the book, Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When it is Off Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, and, Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood) by Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen. I just need to find time to read it.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Useful, informative, opportunity.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I especially value the networking aspect of ACRL. The connections I’ve made through ACRL have lasted throughout my career. I also value the programing provided by ACRL both at the ALA conferences and the ACRL conferences held every other year. The focus on academic libraries is particularly useful to me.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Building relationships at the University of Utah beyond the library is essential to getting anything done. These relationships lead to natural collaborations between University units and the library and they keep the library in the forefront of the minds of faculty, students, and staff.

6. In your own words: I feel very fortunate to have stumbled into this career. Over the past 27 years I’ve had the chance to teach hundreds of students and faculty about information literacy, develop programs and events that enrich their lives, and collaborate with fantastic colleagues across several campuses. I’ve watched technology change from 300 baud modems to the ubiquitous wireless. Change brings opportunities to address new challenges and reinvent library services.

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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