Member of the Week: Ngoc-Yen Tran

Ngoc-Yen TranNgoc-Yen Tran is a science librarian at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. Ngoc-Yen first joined ACRL in 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 16, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Collaborative, adventurous, and enthusiastic.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? My 30-minute train commute gives me a lot of time to read and to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. Currently, I am reading the latest David Sedaris book for book club via OverDrive and catching up on podcasts such as Note to Self (a show that focuses on the impacts that technology has on our lives) and Hidden Brain (where the host reveals the unconscious patterns and biases that drive human behavior).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Relevant, community-builder, and forward-thinking.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The best part about ACRL is that it is focused on academic librarianship; the ACRL conferences, publications, and initiatives are all highly valuable and applicable in my daily and future work as an academic librarian. I also value the supportive community that ACRL builds amongst its members and have always felt welcomed and that I belonged.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an academic librarian, I am in a unique position to be a bridge between student academic lives and their life outside of school in order to promote student engagement and success. I contribute by collaborating, conducting outreach, and developing initiatives that encourage students to participate in activities that have been shown to improve student retention and graduation rates of students from all populations, such as first-year experience programs or faculty-mentored research opportunities.

6. In your own words: I cannot imagine myself being anything other than working in academic libraries where I am connecting people to the information that they need to solve a problem, to answer a question, to complete a task, or to fill a gap in their knowledge. I look forward to demonstrating the value of academic libraries by showing and providing evidence of the importance of libraries and librarians in the academic and future successes of our students.

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.

ACRL Announces Recipients of Sponsored Scholarships to OpenCon

OpenCon 2017The ACRL Research and the Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC) is pleased to announce the selection of Tatiana Bryant and Cynthia Orozco as sponsored scholarship recipients to attend OpenCon 2017 in Berlin, Germany, November 11-13. Cynthia Orozco is Librarian for Equitable Services at East Los Angeles College, Calif., and Tatiana Bryant is Digital Projects and Engagement Librarian at the University of Oregon.

“We are thrilled to award Tatiana and Cynthia these scholarships,” remarked ReSEC chair Patricia Hswe, program officer for Scholarly Communications at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “Cynthia’s campus outreach about Open Education Resources in a community college setting and Tatiana’s research focus on the participation of minority scholars in open access publishing align strongly with the mission and purpose behind OpenCon. ReSEC will be fortunate to have them as committee members, starting in 2018.”

OpenCon 2017 is designed to serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. In addition to attending OpenCon, Tatiana and Cynthia will be appointed for 2-year terms on ACRL ReSEC to build on what they’ve gained by contributing to ACRL’s scholarly communication initiative.

C&RL News – October 2017

C&RL News - October 2017

Working with data continues to be a major trend across academic and research libraries. In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Laurie Allen, Claire Stewart, and Stephanie Wright discuss “Strategic open data preservation,” based on their presentations at the ACRL/SPARC Forum at this year’s ALA Annual Conference.

In addition to preserving data, the presentation of data in unique and interesting ways is also important to many digital humanities projects. Emily McGinn and Meagan Duever of the University of Georgia Libraries compare a variety of web-based mapping tools in their ACRL TechConnect article “We mapped it so you don’t have to.”

This month we launch a three-part series by Amanda Clay Powers, Martin Garnar, and Dustin Fife on their experiences as new library directors. In their first “New academic library leader discussion series” piece, they reflect on the application and interview processes for their new jobs.

With the fall term underway, outreach to students and faculty is in full swing. A group of librarians from the University of Florida write about their collaboration with public relations students to promote library services in their article “Team up,” while Erica England and Leo Lo provide tips on “Becoming a librarian BFF” based on their experiences working with cohorts of doctoral students. In this month’s The Way I See It essay, Emma Wood discusses ways both students and librarians can overcome library anxiety when working on “Research” projects.

Many librarians are also working to incorporate the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy into their instruction this fall. Cara Berg writes about her use of the Framework in a Business Law class in her Perspectives on the Framework article “Enhancing the assignment.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look at the  of working as part of a cross-campus research team by Glenn Ellen Starr Stilling and an International Insights article examining “Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals” at a variety of libraries around the world.

Member of the Week: Lindsay H. Matts-Benson

Lindsay Matts-BensonLindsay H. Matts-Benson is an instructional designer at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN and a presenter for the ACRL licensed workshop Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices. Lindsay first joined ACRL in 2017 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 9, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, persistent, joyful.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? How We Learn by Benedict Carey and It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, collaborative, connections.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value that ACRL has both breadth and depth. That it creates small communities out of a large one so it doesn’t seem so massive. I value the emphasis on professional development and the opportunities to create learning.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As the instructional designer for the University of Minnesota Libraries in the Twin Cities, I work with my colleagues to develop thoughtful, creative and effective instruction in both in-person and online realms. I get to work with amazing colleagues inside and outside of our libraries to have a positive impact on student learning experiences. I’d like to think that I also show students that librarians are essential, informative and cool, but figuring they hardly ever laugh at my jokes, I’m not so sure on that last one.

6. In your own words: In my professional career, I’ve never not worked in a library. I never intended to work in academia—I specialized in youth services in library school and found my way into working in a law school library as both a librarian and an educational technologist before I became an instructional designer at the UMN. My role is unique and I enjoy that I get to weave my passion and experience for pedagogy, technology and information literacy together every day. Through my work co-designing the curriculum for the Engaging with the ACRL Framework workshop, I’ve learned more about how learning more about what is going on in the larger educational theory realm is essential to our work as academic librarians. Taking risks with our teaching practices has never been more important.

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.

ALA Policy Corps Launches

Policy Corp logoAmerican Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal recently launches and invites library advocates to apply for participation in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps initiative.

The presidential initiative is grounded in the ALA’s four strategic directions and the National Policy Agenda for Libraries that emerged out of the Policy Revolution! initiative. Its goals include developing policy experts available to ALA and the ALA Washington Office, creating longevity in expertise and engagement in early to mid-career library and information professionals, and positively impacting national public policy in areas key to ALA’s strategic goals.

ACRL worked with other ALA units including the Office for Information Technology Policy, American Association of School Librarians, Public Library Association, and United for Libraries in developing this program. This support includes a $10,000 contribution from the ACRL Board of Directors. The Board is confident that the Policy Corp will develop national policy advocates necessary to advancing the profession and ACRL will continue to serve as an active partner in the initiative.

The Corps will launch with an initial cohort of 10-12 participants with diverse representation from across library types and geographies. Participants will cultivate their passion and deep expertise for a public policy issue; create or enhance the skill set needed to impact legislation and policy; mentor others on a given policy issue of interest; participate in a cohort to share challenges and successes; and ultimately impact national, state and local policymaking.

The characteristics of successful applicants include:

  • ALA membership;
  • At least five years of library experience;
  • Past advocacy experience at the local, state, national and/or international level;
  • Desire to develop one’s policy advocacy skills and apply them over a period of years
  • Solid speaking and writing skills;
  • Awareness of and ability to express the impact of legislation and policy on their community, type of library and/or patrons;
  • Commitment to keeping current on policy-related library issues and to building and supporting a strong, national network of advocates over time;
  • Ability to make and sustain a five-year commitment; and
  • Support from a library or educational institution.

Preference will be given to applicants with prior engagement in ALA such as service on boards, committees or other entities and/or participation in professional development or scholarship programs.

The application process for the 2018 ALA Policy Corps is now open. Applications, available on the ALA Policy Corps web page, will be accepted through Friday, November 3, 2017.


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