ACRL Program Proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

For the first time, program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.

There will be a virtual meeting at 11:00 a.m. CST on June 1, 2017, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2018 ALA Annual Conference program. The purpose of this meeting is to provide potential conference program planners with an understanding of the Annual Conference program planning process, including budgets, timelines and planning tips.

RSVP online to attend the June 1 virtual meeting. Once login instructions are available, attendees will be notified. Login instructions will also be posted on the main ACRL page in ALA Connect.

2018 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due August 25, 2017. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2018 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2017.

More details about the Annual Conference program process are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Program Officer Megan Griffin at or ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at with questions concerning the program proposal process.

Instruction Section Preconference – Teaching Information Literacy with a Social Justice Lens (6/23)

The ACRL Instruction Section is offering the full-day preconference, “Going with (and Growing with) the Framework: Teaching Information Literacy with a Social Justice Lens,” in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 23, 2017.

Through panel presentations and hands-on workshops, develop strategies and approaches for teaching the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education that also incorporate a social justice lens. The transition from the Standards to the Framework has been challenging for many librarians, especially because the Framework calls for a conceptual approach to information literacy instruction, instead of relying on measurable, skills-based outcomes. Yet the Framework may provide opportunities for deeper, more transformative learning and challenge students to think more critically about their own power and privilege, as well as the lack of certain voices, within the information ecosystem.

Samantha Becker, Campus Engagement Librarian, Drake University
Alexandra Chappell, Arts & Humanities Team Leader, The Claremont Colleges
Dani Brecher Cook, Director of Teaching and Learning, University of California, Riverside
Lisa Hinchliffe, Professor/ Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University of Illinois Urbana
kYmberly Keeton, Lincoln University
Leslie L. Morgan, University of Notre Dame
Karen Nicholson, Manager, Information Literacy, University of Guelph
Nicole Pagowsky, Associate Librarian and Instruction Coordinator, University of Arizona
Laura Saunders, Assistant Professor, Simmons College
Maura Seale, Collections, Research, & Instruction Librarian, Georgetown University
Allegra Swift, Scholarly Communication & Publishing Coordinator, Claremont Colleges
Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Loyola Marymount University

Complete details including registration materials are available online.  Contact Margot Conahan at with questions.

Member of the Week: Gavin Ferriby

Gavin FerribyGavin Ferriby is the university librarian at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Gavin first joined ACRL in 1987 and is your ACRL member of the week for May 22, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Engaged, self-motivated, scholarly.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World by Scott Hartley; The World as I Found It (fiction) by Bruce Duffy; Demian by Herman Hesse (auf Deutsch).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Confident, far-reaching, complex.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Members, presenters, and colleagues speak their minds, tolerate disagreement, and bring a great deal of experience and wisdom to the table—I always learn from them, and highly value serendipity

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I bring dedication to liberal arts and professional education; experience, and leadership to align our library with the University’s mission, goals, and emphases, and to demonstrate our key value: teaching faculty, students, and staff how to discover and use information wisely to foster genuine learning.

6. In your own words: In my 30-plus years’ experience, librarianship and libraries have been transformed and disrupted repeatedly, and the ability to continue to learn, adapt, and thrive has been crucial to any professional and intellectual success. I have been privileged to participate in re-fashioning the library services and resources that are now more crucial than ever, but also in preserving the best of the past: the fundamental respect for accuracy, truth, and privacy; inclusion of diverse perspectives; and the creative, strategic thinking that characterizes the best library practices. The discontinuities between the transformation of universities and libraries, and constraints of time and money are both very challenging to negotiate, and a spur to the entire profession to think and act bravely and creatively. Despite (and because of) those discontinuities, transformations, and disruptions, this is best time yet to be an academic librarian.

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.

REMINDER – Feedback due May 23 on Proposed Revisions to Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

slheAn ACRL task force is seeking input on draft documents that outline potential changes to the the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE).  Provide feedback by submitting your comments through an online feedback form by Tuesday, May 23.

Additionally, the task force held an online open forum on May 11. A recording of that session and presentation slides are now available online.

The SLHE, adopted in 2011, are designed to guide academic libraries in advancing and sustaining their role as partners in educating students, achieving their institutions’ missions, and positioning libraries as leaders in assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses. Libraries in higher education are increasingly required to demonstrate their value and document their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness and be prepared to address changes in higher education. The SLHE is a framework for library planning and assessment that can be used for a variety of circumstances including annual planning, program review, and accreditation self-study.

Direct any questions to the task force chair, Andrea Falcone at or (303) 352-3953.

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage – Spring 2017

RBM Spring 2017The Spring 2017 issue of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage is now freely available online. Visit the RBM website for complete contents of RBM and its preceeding title Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship from 1986 to the present. RBM became an open access journal in Spring 2016.

Editor’s Note

Jennifer K. Sheehan. “Editor’s Note.”

Research Articles

Mariette Atallah. “Distortion of Content and Endangered Archives: A Case Study of a Donation to the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.”

Gerald Chaudron. “‘It’s Not Human!’: Another Example of Anthropodermic Bibliopegy Discredited.”

Jason W. Dean and Emily Grover. “Social Media as Entrée into Special Collections Reference Works.”

Kristen J. Nyitray and Sally Stieglitz. “Spies in the Archive: Acquiring Revolutionary War Spy Letters Through Community Engagement.”

Book Reviews

Mary A. Caldera. Kate Vieira. American by Paper: How Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy.

Jolie Braun. Forging the Future of Special Collections, edited by Arnold Hirshon, Robert H. Jackson, and Melissa Hubbard.

Daniel J. Slive. G. Thomas Tanselle. Portraits and Reviews.

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