Upcoming ACRL e-Learning webcast – Navigating Without a Chart: Perspectives on the Basics of Acquisitions (4/20)

Are you a relatively new recruit to the world of acquisitions? Then this engaging, interactive introduction to the basics of this field is for you.  Explore a wide array of issues ranging from best practices for acquiring both monographs and serials in all formats to helpful tips to use when negotiating for large database and backfile purchases.

Learn the similarities and differences between acquisitions and collection development and how the use of those terms can vary from library to library. Grasp strategies for scheduling and offering campus-wide trials of new resources, for selecting vendors, and for making ordering decisions.  Compare academic and vendor budget cycles, learn how important these cycles can be to the timing of purchases, examine options for negotiating prices and access to resources, discuss possible licensing pitfalls and how to avoid them, and consider effective methods of communication with campus constituents.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater understanding of the overall scope of acquisitions and be better able to critically evaluate the opportunities available to them when negotiating for and ordering resources.
  • Learn about options and services provided by vendors that you may not have realized were possible.
  • Gain an enhanced understanding of specific strategies that can help you better utilize the options, resources, and support structures available in your career in library acquisitions.

Complete webcast details and registration materials are available online. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

Member of the Week: Susan Mythen

Susan MythenSusan Mythen is a librarian at Florida State College at Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland University College. Susan has been an ACRL member since 2016 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 17, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Innovative, curious, encouraging.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I love to read and I’m a huge fan of audiobooks, so I usually have several titles going at once. I’ve just finished The Girls by Emma Cline, and I’m in the middle of The Passage by Justin Cronin, and The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. I’m also listening to Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming, which surprised me with its depth and intensity. I’m completely hooked.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Engaged professional network.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Before joining ACRL, I was trying to maneuver through the world of librarianship on my own without even realizing it. Through ACRL, I finally found a framework that made sense to me, as well as a community of people with similar interests, passions, and motivations. After attending several ACRL sessions at ALA Annual Conference, I felt as though I had finally “found my people”! I loved connecting with college and university librarians from all over the globe and sharing ideas, many of which I could take back and implement immediately. These connections make me a more effective instructor, librarian, and leader on campus.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? My colleagues joke with me that I am the Relevance Librarian, since I seem to be the one that pushes for some of the trendier items in the collection and in our programming. But all joking aside, I think it’s extremely important that we meet students where they are, and not where we wish they were. If bestsellers and board games get them through the library doors and make them comfortable interacting with the staff, then we are that much more likely to see them when they really need us academically. My number one priority is information literacy. I instruct students in a number of settings: a one-shot session, a reference appointment, a 4-week class. Regardless of how they come to me, I need them to leave feeling confident and empowered.

6. In your own words: Academic librarianship is more exciting and fulfilling than I ever could have imagined. No two days are ever the same! I love that the library community values intellectual curiosity and encourages its members toward professional and personal development. In the course of our duties we have the opportunity to read, research, and learn, and then share that knowledge with students and faculty. I can’t think of a more rewarding profession!


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.

Librarians March for Science

March for Science logoOn Earth Day, April 22, 2017, researchers, educators, students, and citizen scientists all over the world will take to the streets in celebration of science. The March for Science is an international, nonpartisan event organized to “champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” The movement has attracted broad support from over 60 partner organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Sigma Xi, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The ACRL Board of Directors voted to partner with the March for Science and encourages ACRL members to attend.

The main event will be held in Washington D.C. at 10 a.m. with a teach-in and rally on the National Mall, followed by a march through the streets of DC. More than 400 satellite marches have also been organized in all 50 states, 40 countries, and across 6 continents.

Librarians will be well-represented at the march in D.C. and the satellite marches, to express their support for open scientific communication and evidence-based decision making.

When asked why they intend to march, these librarians responded:

“Stifling open communication of science limits the public’s right to know, with serious consequences for poor policy making and uninformed decisions regarding research funding, negligent enforcement of environmental regulations (or outright loss of environmental oversight), and nearly every aspect of everyday living. From the technology of the internet to basic agricultural practices, poor management of the science enterprise will adversely affect health and wellness, nutrition, education, the environment, innovation, job creation and production, and creativity, to name just a few areas of influence.” – Alison Ricker, Oberlin College

“I think evidence-based decision making is vitally important to democracy so any attempt to undermine science also attempts to undermine at least part of the foundations of democracy.”- John Dupuis, York University

“I’m a former scientists turned librarian, and I strongly believe that science literacy goes hand in hand with information literacy. The rise of people who refute facts – or believe in alternative facts – is distressing to me, as I believe we as a society can never reach our full potential without accepting certain basic, proven concepts.” – Maggie Savidakis-Dunn, Shippensburg University

“All information is not created equal – ignorance is not as good as knowledge, and “alt-facts” are not as good as facts. We have a responsibility as librarians to advocate for the truth and for the uncensored distribution of scientific data and communication.” – Emma Oxford, James Madison University

“I’m a science librarian. Scientific information and resources are put through a gauntlet of peer-review, and to say that such scientific studies cannot be trusted after going through that process is willful ignorance. As managers of information, we have to come together with scientists and clearly assert that things CAN be known – facts about our universe CAN be established beyond reasonable doubt – if we use appropriate, collaborative, scientific methods for gathering and analyzing data.” – Camille Mathieu, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

“Because I believe that science represents the future of America, and I believe in the privilege of exercising my voice as a citizen and supporter of science.” – Rachel Borchardt, American University

Join your library colleagues and march to celebrate the impact of science in our lives.

April 18 Update: John Dupuis (@dupuisj), Science and Engineering Librarian at York University, will be speaking at the March for Science Toronto.

2017 ACRL Election Results

Lauren PressleyLauren Pressley, director of the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma Library and associate dean of UW Libraries, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, and assume the presidency in July 2018 for a one-year term.

Kelly Jacobsma, Genevra Thome Begg dean of libraries at Hope College, and Jeanne R. Davidson, head of public services at South Dakota State University, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

Full 2017 election results will be available this afternoon on the ACRL website.

Congratulations to those elected and many thanks to the dedicated members willing to stand for office.

April 12 Update: Full division election results (PDF) are now available on the ACRL website.

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