Making the Case for an Academic Friends of the Library Group

United for Libraries has added a new fact sheet to their collection of resources for getting started with academic friends groups. “Making the Case for an Academic Friends of the Library Group” (PDF) is now freely available from the United for Libraries website. Make sure to check out the full group of resources available on the Academic Friends page as well.

United for Libraries, a division of ALA, is a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses. No one has a stronger voice for libraries than those who use them, raise money for them, and govern them. By uniting these voices, library supporters everywhere will become a real force to be reckoned with at the local, state, and national levels.

Member of the Week: Amy Buckland

Amy BucklandAmy Buckland is the Institutional Repository Manager at the University of Chicago. Amy has been an ACRL member since 2008 and is a Scholarly Communication Workshop Presenter. She is your ACRL member of the week for September 28, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Rowdy, ambitious, and fearless.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I listen to a tonne of podcasts like No Such Thing As A Fish, 99% Invisible, CBC’s Spark. Regular reads: 5 Useful Articles, current issue of Lucky Peach, and an actual print book (I, uh, don’t read long format anything very often) Big Data Little Data No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World by Christine L. Borgman.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, established, and promising.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has a great opportunity right now to become a leading voice on academic issues that affect everyone, like net neutrality, open access to research, and privacy rights. As a group, ACRL could be a very powerful voice – we can’t let this chance go by.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I spend most of my day talking to researchers and librarians about their digital scholarship needs, and figuring out ways the library can use current services, or develop new ones, to better support all of the awesome work happening at UChicago. As mine is a new position without a roadmap, I’m able to be nimble when responding to requests. And because my colleagues are an encouraging bunch, I’m able to pilot new initiatives with lots of support.

6. In your own words: I know it doesn’t always feel that way, but being a librarian is a powerful position. And like the old saying goes, we must use this power for good. There is so much more we must do in terms of speaking out on social justice issues, fighting ridiculous laws that infringe on basic freedoms like the right to privacy, and generally using our position within our respective communities to remind everyone that scholarship is a public good. We must also remember that we have kicked butt since forever, and will continue to do so, regardless how many pundits get screen space talking about the “death of libraries.” (True fact: librarians need glasses because of all the eye-rolling they have to do whenever they read the term “death of the book” or “death of the library.”)

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 e-Learning call for proposals – 11/6 deadline

Submit a proposal for a live webcast or asynchronous online course and share your cutting-edge practices and innovative developments with your colleagues.  Check out the ACRL e-Learning Call for Proposals online.  Proposals are due November 6, 2015.

e-Learning Formats
Webcasts: ACRL webcasts are 60-90 minutes in length, including time for audience Q&A.  Presenters can use PowerPoint, online polls, white board, and other interactive tools during the webcast.  Participants can interact with the presenters via text-based chat or audio.  ACRL offers e-Learning webcast presenters a 10% royalty of webcast registration revenue, less production fees, split between the presenters.

Online Courses: ACRL online courses are primarily asynchronous events offered over the course of three or four weeks.  Online courses are offered on the Moodle platform.  Courses should include weekly readings, discussion questions, assignments, chat sessions, and/or a final assignment.  ACRL provides  one-time $1,000 for content development for new multi-week courses, as well as a royalty of 10% of the course registration fees, split between the presenters, each time the course is offered.

How to submit a proposal
Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form by November 6, 2015.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.

Reviewing the Academic Library

Reviewing The Academic LibraryACRL announces the publication of Reviewing the Academic Library: A Guide to Self-Study and External Review, edited by Eleanor Mitchell and Peggy Seiden.

Whether the library assessment is driven by external pressure or by an organizationally inspired desire to improve, library managers are expected to be able to plan and implement both comprehensive and targeted evaluations of their impact, services, resources, programs, virtual and physical spaces, and partnerships. Many librarians have been invited to serve on review teams for other academic libraries, either as part of a reaccreditation process or as part of a general cyclical program review process. At their own institutions, librarians have initiated reviews of their libraries or been asked to do so by a senior administrator. There are no blueprints for conducting external reviews and self-studies.

In a series of sixteen chapters, Mitchell and Seiden present essays by key thinkers and leaders in the field that address the major aspects of the formal assessment and review of academic libraries. Reviewing the Academic Library offers practical and applicable information, contextualized through current theory and approaches.

Reviewing the Academic Library: A Guide to Self-Study and External Review 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.

Prepare to Participate in Open Access Week with ACRL Toolkit

Let ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Toolkit help you prepare to lead events on your campus during Open Access Week, October 19-25, 2015. Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit provides context and background by summarizing key issues to offer quick, basic information on scholarly communication topics. It also links to examples of specific tools, including handouts, presentation templates and videos for librarians to adapt and use on their own campuses, and for library school students seeking to incorporate these issues into their course work. The toolkit, developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, serves as a valuable resource for scholarly communication discussions inside the library and for outreach programs to faculty and administrators.

ACRL’s strategic goal for the research and scholarly environment is that librarians accelerate the transition to a more open system of scholarship. Be part of the movement to influence scholarly publishing policies and practices toward a more open system.

We encourage contributions to this toolkit from its users and the academic library community. If you have a tool you find valuable for advocacy and to the discourse of scholarly communication, please share it. This may include a paper, presentation, handout, video, case study, or other kinds of resources. Kindly email your contributions to Kara Malenfant, ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives,

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