Nominations Sought for ACRL Board of Directors

The ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) encourages members to nominate themselves or others to run for the position of ACRL vice-president/president-elect, director-at-large, and councilor in the 2019 elections.  The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2018.

To nominate an individual or to self-nominate, please submit the online nomination form. LRNC will request a curriculum vita and/or a statement of interest from selected individuals prior to developing a slate of candidates.

If you have any questions about the nominating or election process, please feel free to contact LRNC Chair Jennifer Nutefall at jnutefall@scu.edu.  More information about the ACRL Board of Directors is available on the ACRL website.

Application Deadline Extended: ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

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2016-2017 ACRL President Irene M. H. Herold presents the 2017 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award to Miami Dade College, winner in the Community College category.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2018 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award has been extended to Friday, January 26, 2018. ACRL invites outstanding academic libraries to apply in one of three categories:

  • College
  • Community College
  • University

Sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, this award recognizes the accomplishments of academic librarians and other staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution. A winning library in each category will receive a $3,000 award, along with a plaque. The award will be presented by an ACRL officer and a representative from GOBI Library Solutions at a ceremony held on each winning institution’s campus.

The award committee will review all applications during the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, and applicants will be notified of their decision shortly afterward.

Applications should be submitted to Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org. For more information, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.

This Week’s Activities to Save Net Neutrality

Because the Internet Shouldn't Have a Slow Lane Libraries TransformFrom the ALA Washington Office District Dispatch blog:

This Thursday, December 14, 2017, the FCC is expected to vote on a proposal from Chairman Ajit Pai that would rollback the strong, enforceable net neutrality protections established in 2015. The meeting will be webcast, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm EST.

As John Lewis said, “Every voice matters, and we cannot let the interests of profit silence the voices of those pursuing human dignity.” The American Library Association (ALA) understands that net neutrality enables opportunities for all by protecting an open and accessible internet – so that every voice, idea, information seeker and person gets a chance to prosper using the dominant communications platform of our day.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, the vote this week will likely be a giant step backwards, but we and our allies will continue to vehemently advocate for a neutral net. Here are a few things going on this week:

Putting the pressure on Congress
Advocates have asked members of Congress to step in, as overseers of the FCC, to stop the impending vote on Thursday. Thousands of calls and emails have been sent from across the country, including nearly 37,000 emails using the ALA’s library-specific action alert. The ALA also is one of more than 150 groups (including individual libraries!) that have signed a joint letter to House and Senate committee leaders.

Also yesterday, 21 Internet and tech leaders, headlined by Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf and Steve Wozniak, and including inventors, innovators and creators of many of the fundamental technologies of the Internet, sent a letter to Congress with their own concerns.

Wait for the FTC?
Proponents of the draft order that will be voted on this Thursday have claimed consumers will still be protected from potential internet service provider misbehavior by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). But any day now, a federal court is expected to rule on a case that has serious implications for the FTC’s ability to help broadband consumers. At the end of last week, consumer groups and advocates including ALA asked the FCC to wait on any decision on net neutrality until this case is decided.

Making some noise
While we hope the efforts above will have an impact, advocates also are focused on activities to coincide with this week’s FCC meeting, including vigils, rallies and continued online engagement. Here are a few ways that you can add your voice:

  • Join Break the Internet Day by calling or emailing Congress via the ALA action alert on December 12.
  • Join protests online with some suggested social media messages on December 13 and 14:
    • Hey @AjitPaiFCC – America’s 120,000 libraries depend on equitable and robust access to the internet to serve our communities. We need #netneutrality!
    • .@FCC – Our libraries’ digital collections, podcasts, video tutorials, and more rely on an open internet. @AjitPaiFCC, keep #netneutrality!
    • #netneutrality is the First Amendment of the internet. @FCC, please protect the right to read, create and share freely without commercial gatekeepers.
    • OR tell us a story about what net neutrality means for your library and tag @ALALibrary, @FCC, @AjitPaiFCC

Stay tuned for additional actions if the FCC continues to ignore millions of people. Know that we would be far from game over as we seek relief in federal court–along with our many, many allied organizations.

Member of the Week: Tara R. Malone

Tara R. MaloneTara R. Malone is an assistant professor and medical librarian at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OKTara first joined ACRL in 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for December 11, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, skeptical, unconventional.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I just finished Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. It’s a really tragic true story, and especially hits close to home, being an Oklahoman. On the lighter side, I’m also making my yearly journey through the Harry Potter series.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Transformative, informative, inclusive.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL as an organization that is committed to helping others find, access, and understand information. ACRL brings together diverse perspectives and personalities to tackle some of the most challenging issues in today’s information landscape, and helps forge meaningful connections between information practitioners to better serve information consumers.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a reference and instructional services librarian on a health sciences campus with seven colleges, I work with other library faculty and staff to provide a wide variety of on-campus instruction regarding library resources, database searching, and evidence-based health sciences information. We also perform mediated literature searches for our faculty, staff, and students, as well as handle the day-to-day reference needs of our patrons. We also are a resource library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine under the National Library of Medicine umbrella. As such, in addition to our on-campus activities, we also are dedicated to health information outreach activities in our local community and across our state.

6. In your own words: As a child, I remember spending countless hours at the tiny public library in my town, where library staff essentially served as my babysitters. I also remember endlessly wandering the stacks of our state university library when my mother went back to school and took me to study with her. Libraries of many types have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I think in several ways, they saved me by giving me shelter when I had little and by opening my mind to new possibilities. Libraries were my home then, as they are now.

I believe that no matter what inspires you to become a librarian, and no matter what kind of librarian you are, we are all committed to the same ultimate goal: providing equitable access to quality information for as many people as possible. I have lived this reality from a patron standpoint; I’m proud to be on the practitioner side as well now.


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.

Free Dialogue/Deliberation Workshop for Academic Libraries at ALA Midwinter

Midwinter 2018 logoJoin ALA, ACRL, the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), and the National Issues Forums Institute for a free workshop about dialogue and deliberation approaches for academic libraries at ALA’s 2018 Midwinter Meeting.

“Libraries Transforming Communities: National Issues Forums Workshop for Academic Libraries” will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

The one-day workshop will explore the National Issues Forums approach to dialogue and deliberation. Participation in the workshop is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Participants will also be asked to view three 90-minute webinars and claim digital badges in preparation for the workshop.

This workshop is part of Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change, an ALA initiative that seeks to introduce libraries to various dialogue and deliberation approaches, enabling libraries to foster conversation and lead change in their communities. The initiative is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Questions should be directed to Sarah Ostman at sostman@ala.org.

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