Member of the Week: Caitlin Bagley

Caitlin BagleyCaitlin Bagley is Instruction Librarian at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Caitlin has been an ACRL member since 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for July 25, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, competitive, compassionate.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I read the entirety of Kevin Kwan’s fun Crazy Rich Asians on a recent cross country plane trip, and Karina Longworth’s podcast, You Must Remember This, is quickly becoming a must listen to. I am looking forward to tucking into Sonia Purnell’s Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, and when I’m out running I can frequently be found listening to Florence + The Machine’s album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Engaging, informative, fun!

4. What do you value about ACRL? Participating in Immersion absolutely changed how I thought of ACRL. It was truly transformative and I took so much away from that experience. To this day I continue to work with members of my cohort. Likewise, the ACRL conference is one of my favorites to attend. Great programming, insightful keynotes, and a tremendous takeaway value.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an instruction librarian, I get to meet at some point with nearly every student who attends the university. I love that! I work closely with students throughout their education and I love watching how they change from semester to semester. We talk about everything from keyword strategy to understanding the motives and hidden questions behind works and issues.  I also like working with my partners across the campus community, such as Academic Advising and the Faculty Senate, to help make the small invisible decisions that make this university such a great place for our students.

6. In your own words: I feel so lucky to do engaging work in academia that lets me work with students, staff, and faculty, and in particular, it’s an exciting time to be a librarian. The old stereotypes are finally being put away as librarianship embraces new ways to provide access to information. At the core of our work, I think every librarian wants to give their patrons all they can. We’re not just ebooks, 3D printers, and discovery layers. Libraries are also outreaching further into their communities than before, and finding greater ways to make ourselves available to people at their point of need. Librarians are some of the friendliest and happiest people I know, why wouldn’t I want to work with them?

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.

Member of the Week: James L. Adams

James L. AdamsJames L. Adams is the Data and Visualization Librarian at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. James has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for July 18, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Affable, reflective, user-focused.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m reading The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver. I’m also listening to several podcasts: What’s the Point, Data Stories, Hardcore History, and The Infinite Monkey Cage, among others.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Fantastic professional community.

4. What do you value about ACRL? As an early career librarian, ACRL has helped me find a community of people that I feel truly connected to as a professional. Because of our common experience serving scholarly communities, my interactions with other ACRL members help me to improve my own work. One of my most memorable experiences since joining the profession was the week I spent at ACRL Immersion, which I feel vastly improved my abilities as an instructor and connected me with other librarians that I’ll continue to work with throughout my career. I like hearing about how my peers at other institutions approach some of the same challenges I face, and ACRL gives me the chance to make those connections.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a data and visualization librarian, one of my main goals is to empower members of my academic community by promoting data literacy and providing instruction on tools that can be used in quantitative research. A lot of my work relies on technology, and some of the tools I work with or methods I use may seem intimidating for those who don’t consider themselves to be tech-savvy or who think that they don’t have the skills to write code. My goal as an instructor and collaborator is to convince people otherwise and to make the things I do approachable for everyone. As a librarian, I feel that my expertise in data visualization or any other area is best utilized by making concepts accessible to others. I could create visualizations and help researchers explore their data all day, but I would much rather give them the power to do so themselves.

6. In your own words: I believe that the job of an academic librarian is fundamentally the same as any other librarian or information professional. We work in a community-focused profession, and on some level we all share the goal of providing our users with the information they need. I personally enjoy working in an academic library because I think that the information needs of academic communities are among the most interesting and in-depth. This gives us a chance to be constant learners; many of the people we get to work with are experts in their fields, and helping an expert find an answer is a great way to learn something new. On a broader level, I have a firmly held belief that education is inherently good. As librarians, we are dedicated to furthering education, and that gives me a deep sense of pride in our profession. Even doing something as small as helping an undergrad find a worthwhile source for their latest assignment, I can be happy knowing that I’ve done some good for the 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 for more information.

July/August ACRL e-Learning Events

ACRL is offering a variety of online learning events this summer to meet the demands of your schedule and budget.

Interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available.

Modern Pathfinders: Easy Techniques to Make Better Research Guides (July 20, 2016)
Librarians put many hours into creating research guides, and usage studies have shown that students use them very little. Learn some effective techniques of instructional design and web usability that any librarian can apply to make online guides better and more useful to your students, whether you’re using LibGuides or a home-brew system.

Excavating RDM from Library Data (August 4, 2016)
Learn how to implement research data management (RDM) concepts and techniques to library data with a goal of managing library data strategically.  In turn, apply your new RDM knowledge in outreach to your disciplinary faculty.

Online courses are primarily asynchronous and require approximately three to five hours a week.

Designing Curriculum & Developing Educators for the Information Literacy Courses of Tomorrow (July 18-August 5, 2016)
Is your information literacy course in need of an overhaul?  Do you want to deliver exceptional learning experiences through your credit course?  This online course will focus on information literacy curriculum development, including consideration of the Framework for Information Literacy and high impact practices with regards to content development and delivery.

Complete details and registration information for e-Learning webcasts are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at for more information.

ACRL Issues Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce its new Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, which reads:

Scholarship by academic librarians advances the fields of library and information science, influences practices of aligned professions, and informs effective advocacy. In support of broad and timely dissemination of library and information science scholarship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) encourages academic librarians to publish in open access journals. When academic librarians choose to publish in subscription-based journals, ACRL recommends a standard practice of depositing the final accepted manuscript in a repository to make that version openly accessible. The author should be responsible for determining at what date the deposited manuscript becomes openly accessible, taking into account applicable institutional or funder policies, as well as other relevant considerations. ACRL further encourages academic librarians to make other forms of scholarship, such as monographs, presentations, grey literature, and data, openly accessible.

It is also imperative that publishers of library and information science scholarship explore and implement publishing models to make their content openly accessible as soon as possible. Librarians who are editors, reviewers, and authors should assist with this effort by engaging with their publishers about these models.

Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors at their meeting on June 25, 2016, the policy statement was developed by ACRL’s research and scholarly environment committee with feedback from members and the broader community then vetted by the ACRL standards committee.

“As our profession adapts to new roles and a changing academic landscape, it is timely to have an official policy statement encouraging academic librarians to model open access publishing decisions for their own work as they advocate for discipline faculty and researchers to choose open access outlets to disseminate their research,” remarked ACRL president Irene M.H. Herold, university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

“This is an important step in affirming widely-held values and norms in the profession regarding open access,” noted Shan C. Sutton, immediate past chair of ACRL’s research and scholarly environment committee and vice dean of university libraries at the University of Arizona. “More broadly, the policy statement could serve as a model for other professional organizations and scholarly societies to emulate in advocating for open access among their own members.”

Find the statement online with ACRL’s other statements, guidelines, standards and frameworks at

Updates from the Framework Advisory Board

The following post was written by Donna Witek, on behalf of the Framework Advisory Board (FAB).

On June 27, 2016, the ACRL Board of Directors outlined next steps for professional development related to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The purpose of this post is to share in more detail what the Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) has been working on to support librarians in using the Framework. Details have been previously shared in a February 2016 C&RL News piece (see “Resources from the Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board” in News from the Field).

Discussion list and WordPress Website
FAB’s two-year term began in July 2015. Earlier that spring, ACRL set up the Framework discussion list, as a space for practitioners to share ideas and support in their use of the Framework. As of this writing there are 1,710 subscribers.

FAB’s first order of business was to develop a WordPress website to disseminate information on upcoming professional development opportunities related to the Framework.

Spotlight on Scholarship
In October 2015 the Framework Spotlight on Scholarship (FSS) launched, which is a column / blog post series that curates and describes the Framework literature being published. FSS highlights scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework. Originally a weekly series, after the new year it became biweekly; it is currently on summer hiatus, with plans to return in the second or third week of August 2016. At present the column has published reviews for twenty-one articles.

“Framing the Framework” Webcast Series
As ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy, Sharon Mader attended information literacy conferences throughout fall 2015 and identified the opportunity to begin formal (profession-level) conversations with rhetoric, composition, and writing studies scholar-practitioners. In response to this opportunity, FAB planned, coordinated, and helped develop two ACRL e-Learning webcasts: Framing the Framework Series (see “View archived Framework webcast recordings”).

Addressing the theory and practice of collaboration between librarians and writing faculty, the first webcast in January 2016 focused on collaborating through connecting the national guideline documents in both fields, and the second webcast in February 2016 focused on partnerships between writing and information literacy instructors on various campuses. FAB might develop more “Framing the Framework” webcasts in the future, but the initiatives that follow are currently our top priorities.

The Framework Sandbox was first proposed in January 2015 by the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force who developed the Framework. By fall 2015, FAB had developed a vision and purpose for the Sandbox, which is intended to serve as  both a platform for sharing and a repository for accessing materials. It will serve as a resource for librarians seeking to engage the Framework in their instructional practice, providing access to materials created by those in the field, in formats including but not limited to concrete lesson plans and assessments, practitioner reflections, conference presentation slidedecks, formal research studies, and theoretical critical analyses.

Practitioners will be able to create their own user accounts through which to upload their materials for others to use and build on, and will in turn be able to search the database for materials using a variety of parameters (such as discipline, information literacy frame, scope, and type of institution). It will be a freely available database for librarians and other academic partners to share, organize, and archive educational resources related to the use of the Framework in practice and professional development.

FAB identified the Cherry Hill Company as a developer who would meet this project’s needs and ACRL entered into contract with Cherry Hill in April 2016. More information about the Cherry Hill Company and the Sandbox can be found in this June 2016 ACRL Insider post. (NB: We are indebted to the librarians behind Project CORA for referring us to Cherry Hill Company, after a positive recommendation of the company’s work in developing that platform.)

If you’re working with the Framework in any capacity, we hope you’ll jump in and share your work once the Sandbox launches in fall 2016.

The Framework Toolkit was conceived in response to feedback that more Framework professional development opportunities should have minimal barriers to access, including monetary cost. The Toolkit will be an online location where content designed to be used for professional development will be made available. FAB (along with Sharon Mader) will be developing the content.

Librarians will be able to use the Toolkit’s resources for their individual professional development needs, to form a community of practice with their colleagues around the Framework and information literacy, and to develop workshops and professional development opportunities in their libraries and/or for local, regional, state, or other events and conferences. It is designed in modules which can be adapted and tailored to the needs of the audience. All of the content will be available under a creative commons license.

Draft Outline of Initial Modules:

  • Introduction and Finding Time to Engage the Framework
  • Foundations of the Framework
  • The Framework’s Structure
  • Collaboration & Conversations with the Framework
  • Developing Goals, Outcomes, and Assessments
  • Hacking the Framework

Future Modules:

  • Curriculum Mapping with the Framework
  • The Framework and Accreditation

FAB’s target launch for this Toolkit is early 2017.

Curriculum Developers/Presenters
A Framework “roadshow” along the same lines as the Scholarly Communications and Standards for Libraries in Higher Education licensed workshops will be developed. Now that the Framework has been in use for over a year and a half there is a growing community of librarians experienced in using the Framework. Through an upcoming call for curriculum developers, we will invite those developing this expertise to help us create these licensed workshops. The curriculum developers will also serve as presenters for both the online and in-person workshops.

In addition, these individuals will lend their expertise to FAB’s development of the freely available Toolkit, strengthening its content by their participation in its development.

If this opportunity interests you, keep an eye out on ACRL Insider and the various Framework communication channels for this call.

Collaboration with other ACRL groups
FAB is collaborating with the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC), which is the standing division-level committee responsible for advancing the ACRL Plan for Excellence goal area related to student learning. Collaborative projects to date include a curated Framework calendar of past and future events focused on Framework professional development (conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.) and plans for a curated Framework bibliography.

As Visiting Program Officer, Sharon Mader has been working for the last year and a half with the ACRL Information Literacy Frameworks and Standards Committee (ILFSC) and Chair Jeanne Davidson to revise Chapter 14 of the ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures, to outline processes for review, revision, rescinding, and creating new information literacy disciplinary  documents. The revisions that were approved by the ACRL Standards Committee at ALA Annual 2016 will be available in the near future on the ACRL website. The ILFSC is also developing a Tipsheet to help sections in this work.

The Communications Studies Committee of the Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) and the Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) have been working for over a year on new information literacy disciplinary companion documents that relate the Framework to documents and practices in the disciplines. Their progress was reported at the “Framework Update” sessions at ALA Annual 2015 and 2016, and at the WGSS Discussion Forum at ALA Annual 2016, where members of other discipline sections in the audience agreed that everyone would benefit from sharing experiences as they work on their own documents.

Members of FAB are excited to be developing resources that will help librarians at all types of institutions use the Framework. If you have ideas for additional resources that would be helpful please share them with FAB via

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