ACRL Board Takes Action on Information Literacy Standards

Today the ACRL Board of Directors voted to rescind the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The Board will continue to discuss next steps to support all academic librarians working with information literacy at its public meeting on Monday afternoon at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

It is important to acknowledge the groundbreaking work embodied in the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, approved by the Board in 2000, in moving the profession forward. These Standards were co-developed with and subsequently endorsed by the American Association for Higher Education and the Council for Independent Colleges.

ACRL recognizes the tremendous contributions of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the transformational work of many ACRL members working with them. Those Standards paved the way for information literacy to become common language in many general education requirements and informed many regional and subject-oriented accreditation bodies. The Board will continue to seek input from the profession as the process moves forward.

ACRL President’s Program on Data Services

Join ACRL President Ann Campion Riley for the ACRL President’s Program “Strategies and Partnerships: Tailoring Data Services for Your Institutional Needs,” from 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, June 25, in the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) W109B. In nearly every discipline, understanding how to find and use data effectively and how to create and manage your own data for re-use are emerging critical competencies in higher education. Approaching data services at the institutional level requires coordinated communication and collaboration across units and/or externally.

Speakers include Sara Bowman, Project Manager, Center for Open Science; Yasmeen Shorish, Scholarly Communication and Data Services Coordinator, James Madison University; and, Kristin Partlo, Reference and Instruction Librarian for Social Science and Data, Carleton College.

Member of the Week: Jungwon Yang

Jungwon YangJungwon Yang is International Government Information and Public Policy Librarian at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Jungwon has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 20, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Compassionate, inquisitive, analytical.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo, Jules and Jim by Henri-Pierre Roche, and The Reluctant Welfare State by Bruce S. Jansson.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Communication, collaboration, inspiration.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The ACRL conference is a great place to learn about emerging issues in academic libraries and to communicate with colleagues who share similar interests. I also want to mention the wonderful Ms. Kathryn J. Deiss, ACRL’s former content strategist, who helped me immensely during the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians in 2014. Her thoughtful advice about leadership, organizational culture, and creating a personal vision deeply helped me to realize what kind of librarian I want to be. She also helped me to understand how to balance my work and my private life. Last, but not the least, I  heard from my fellow University of Michigan Librarians that ACRL provides useful and exciting professional development programs for all level of librarians. I am very interested in participating in these ACRL programs in the near future.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an international government information and public policy librarian, I provide reference and consultation services related to policy, international governmental organizations, and foreign governments to clients. I also teach library workshops related to public policy, government information, data resources and retrieval, research data management, and research method.  I collect and manage books, journals, statistics and other electronic resources related to public policy.

6. In your own words: As a research librarian, I am passionate about providing “reliable” information to researchers and improving data accessibility for them. My interest in the reliability and accessibility of information often leads me to explore new ideas and take on new projects, such as three library guides about statistics and geospatial data for three East Asian countries, a research methods class for the new graduate students of the Ford School of Public Policy, an international research data management workshop for librarians, and my attendance at the United Nations’ Regional Cartographic and Global Geospatial Information Management Conference to resolve a data accessibility problem. I cannot say that I was not nervous when I developed these new ideas. I am still nervous when I begin a new and challenging project. However, I am lucky to have advisors and mentors who encourage me to dream up new ideas and patiently wait while I figure out how to develop those ideas clearly. I’m also lucky because of the researchers at the University of Michigan who appreciate my efforts to create better research environments and because of my colleagues who share my burdens without hesitation.

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.

ACRL Board of Directors Statement on Orlando Tragedy

As many of us prepare to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, we cannot share often enough our sympathy and heartfelt concern for those directly and indirectly affected by the murders and injuries at the Pulse nightclub last weekend. Many of those slain and hurt were part of the higher education community as students or relatives of students. The ACRL Presidents wish to extend our appreciation to the membership for its many expressions of support and the work you all have done, and will continue to engage in, to contribute to the Orlando community not only in the coming conference week but in the weeks to come. Whether through the statements of ALA President Sari Feldman; the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; the work of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT); or ALA headquarters flying the rainbow flag in solidarity and support, we want you to know we are proud to be a profession that embraces diversity and inclusion through our words and deeds.

ACRL Seeks Curriculum Designer/Presenters for New Learning Opportunities on Assessment

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective curriculum designer/presenters to contribute to creating two (and possibly more) new learning opportunities on assessing library impact, building on the work of the ACRL program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA). First, a day-long workshop is being designed to provide professional development support to librarians who wish to know more about creating a plan to assess one particular program or service in their library. The focus is on understanding library contributions to institutional priorities for student learning and success and any aspect of the library can be the focus of inquiry. Second, the selected designer/presenters will work on a new approach that aims to support library leaders – deans and directors – in communicating about library impact with campus decision makers through a half-day guided discussion format. Both of these new events will be piloted in conjunction with the ACRL 2017 conference. Online content will be created to complement these two in person events and may include stand-alone webinars as well.

The selected designer/presenters will join the team of continuing facilitators from the AiA program, which is the foundation of these new learning opportunities. Continuing AiA facilitators are Karen Brown, Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University, IL; Eric Resnis, who serves in a dual appointment as Assessment Coordinator in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and University Assessment and as Organizational Effectiveness Specialist in the Libraries at Miami University in Oxford, OH; Debra Gilchrist, Vice President for Learning and Student Success, Pierce College, WA; and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Coordinator for Information Literacy and Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The designer/presenters will rely on a group of member leaders from the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee as reflector/consultants to the curriculum during the design process.

The day long in-person workshop is intended to be offered upon request on a licensed basis, as with the existing ACRL workshops Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action and Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement. The half-day guided discussion for library administrators will likely take a different approach. Online offerings would be part of ACRL’s regular eLearning program and could include a multi-week asynchronous course and one or more topical webcasts of 60-90 minutes each in an interactive online classroom.

Required Qualifications
The successful curriculum designer/presenters must be conversant with issues and challenges of libraries in higher education. They must possess:

  • Membership in ACRL.
  • Experience working in academic or research libraries.
  • Experience serving as conveners and facilitators of educational activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and deliver events, activities, and modules that are experiential, support action learning, and foster reflection among learners.
  • An ability to foster connections and create learning environments in which participants can exchange ideas and share experiences and information.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work with diverse group members, and commitment to developing strong, collegial relationships with members of the curriculum design team and the participants.
  • Rich knowledge of the dynamic nature of higher education assessment, including a keen awareness of the forces outside the sector driving for greater accountability.
  • Working knowledge of the issues and challenges of libraries in higher education, including dynamic relationships of campus units and their interactions.

Candidates should highlight additional qualifications in areas such as:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of multiple assessment methods, both quantitative and qualitative, data collection strategies, and analytical techniques.
  • Experience analyzing existing administrative data which emanates from different campus units (i.e., libraries and office of institutional research).
  • Experience designing protocols and gathering new data through questionnaires, semi structured interviews, and focus groups.
  • Adeptness at communicating and presenting assessment project results.

We encourage applications from individuals representing the full array of professional areas and services in academic and research librarianship.

Preferred Qualification
Participation as a team leader or team member in the ACRL program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success is preferred. The success of the applicant’s own AiA project is not a determining factor in the selection. We seek colleagues who learned from their project, analyzed results for cultural, strategic, and assessment challenges, and are helping their library move forward with assessment.

The content for both events is dynamic and evolving, and the new designer/presenters will participate in shaping the curriculum as collegial partners with the continuing AiA facilitators.

Successful curriculum designer/presenters must be:

  • Available to participate in design and planning during monthly one hour conference calls.
  • Available to work on curriculum design from August 2016-February 2017.
  • Available to participate in the pilot events in March 2017 and deliver a minimum of two in person events per year, thereafter, in the field.
  • Able to participate in a training session, currently being created, for presenters of all ACRL professional development licensed workshops.

In addition to the above, serving as a curriculum designer/presenter involves participating in all segments of the new learning opportunities and development of materials, exercises and presentations. Additionally, it will involve coaching and training new presenters to deliver the curriculum, once it is developed. This may include presenting the revision and future development of materials, exercises and presentations.

Designer/facilitators will receive a small stipend for this planning work and pilot delivery. ACRL reimburses presenters of all its licensed workshops for travel costs associated with the workshop (flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals) and provides a modest honorarium.

To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:

  1. A statement addressing the aforementioned qualifications, as well as the following questions (two pages max.):
    1. Why do you want to be a developer and presenter for this workshop and guided discussion?
    2. What experience do you have designing professional development ?
    3. Are there any additional relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    4. Are there videos or other materials that demonstrate your talents as an educator/trainer?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for 2 references who have direct knowledge of your educator/training experience.
  4. The single PDF application must submitted via email by 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 14, to Jaime Hammond, vice-chair of the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee, at

The ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee has formed a small review team, separate from the continuing AiA facilitators, to consider applications. The process includes checking references and a telephone (or Skype) interview. The group will select the designer/presenters and notify all applicants by Thursday, August 11.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Jaime Hammond at

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