The Craft of Librarian Instruction

Craft-coverACRL announces the publication of The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence by Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and Douglas R. Dechow.

Library instruction is like a theatre performance. You play a role as the instruction librarian. There is a live audience. You may receive reviews or evaluations. Or maybe the teaching experience feels more like an audition—a bit unnerving. In The Craft of Librarian Instruction, join Artman, Sundquist, and Dechow for a fun and creative approach to library instruction as they demonstrate how acting techniques can hone your presentation skills, your teaching style, and your performance to create an invigorating (and stress-free) learning experience for your students.

Through the use of acting methods and techniques, readers will learn how to:

  • Rehearse and prepare for instruction sessions by centering yourself through visualization, memorization, and improvisation;
  • Connect with students through personalization and role-playing, and by exploring teacher identity; and
  • Sharpen a unique teaching presence through reflection and intentional instruction.

Vocal and physical preparation and instructional scenarios will reveal potential challenges and pose solutions, and provide tips for deepening your teaching skills. Intended for newly hired instruction librarians, librarians with little or no teaching experience, those dealing with shyness or ‘stage fright,’ as well as more experienced librarians in need of a refreshed perspective, The Craft of Librarian Instruction will add an undeniable star quality to your instructional performance.

The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Achievement in Library Diversity Research Nominations

Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee of ALA’s Office of Diversity seeks to recognize an individual for significant contributions to diversity research and outreach efforts in Library and Information Science by honoring them with an Achievement in Library Diversity Research designation. Achievement is defined as a body of work or a groundbreaking piece whose dissemination advances our understanding of or sparks new research in the areas of diversity. Entries are not limited to peer reviewed, scholarly publication. Open access and other forms of published dissemination are welcome. Nominations are accepted year-round and an honoree will be selected from the pool of nominees received by March 15, 2016, with the award presented at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Self-nominations are welcome. Recipients receive complimentary conference registration, a plaque, and an opportunity to make remarks during the presentation of the award.

More information and the short form are available on the ALA website. Please direct any questions to

Member of the Week: Binh P. Le

Binh LeBinh P. Le is Associate Librarian at Pennsylvania State University – Abington in Abington, PA. Binh has been an ACRL member since 1991 and is your ACRL member of the week for February 8, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Approachable, leadership, resourceful.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am listening to The Great Courses’ High Middle Ages, produced by the Teaching Company. I love this company’s products!

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, opportunity, scholarship.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL affords me opportunities to participate in ACRL’s committees, to contribute to ACRL’s programs, to work with colleagues from around the globe, and to develop leadership skills. Over the years, I have met and worked with some of the brightest and most dedicated colleagues through ACRL.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I teach students not only how to effectively locate the materials they need, but also how to critically evaluate and use the sources they find. I also educate faculty, staff, and students about the huge number of resources and research tools available to different types of users (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, faculty) at our university.

6. In your own words: As a University Administrative Fellow, I have been working with the Executive Vice President and the Provost of the University during the 2015-16 academic year. I am also a CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) Academic Leadership Program Fellow. My ACRL activities played a significant role in helping me attain as well as prepare for these highly competitive fellowships.

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.

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.

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