Apply by Nov. 10 to Host ACRL 2016 Scholarly Communication Workshop as Road Show

SC workshop blockToday’s academic and research librarians increasingly act as change agents in the higher education community. Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of open access and scholarly communication. To help empower our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system, ACRL is once again taking its popular workshop “Scholarly Communications: From Understanding to Engagement” on the road to five locations in 2016. The day-long workshop is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country, and the content is updated annually to meet the evolving needs of the community.

The program continues its cost-sharing model as ACRL is committed to underwriting the bulk of the expense for delivering the road show, and the cost for successful host institutions is $2,000. The application to host is now available. Apply by Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5pm Central. Find out more on the program website.

In addition to the competitive subsidized version, you may bring this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia year round.

C&RL News – October 2015

The October 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.
C&RL News - October 2015
Helping demonstrate the value of academic and research libraries remains one of the core goals of ACRL. This month we feature two articles focusing on the assessment of library services. Sarah Anne Murphy discusses the use of technology in assessment projects at The Ohio State University and demonstrates “How data visualization supports academic library assessment.

Starting out on assessment projects of any size or scale can be a daunting process. Mary O’Kelly of Grand Valley State University shares “Seven questions for assessment planning” that can help you take stock of a pending project and move forward strategically.

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Maria Bonn writes about strategies for “Maximizing the benefits of open access” by focusing on the discoverablity of open content. In a bonus Scholarly Communication feature, ACRL President Ann Campion Riley takes a look at future ACRL activities related to “Data management and curation,” including upcoming professional development opportunities.

ACRL’s initaitve on the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy has been a great success over the past few years. Joyce L. Ogburn and Merinda Kaye Hensley give an update on initiative activities in their article “Bringing together the educator and the advocate.

Collaborative uses of technology can expand the ability of today’s academic and research librarians to develop creative tools and services. A group of veterinary librarians from across the country used LibGuides in the process of “Designing and creating centralized and sharable reading lists” for veterinary speciality qualification exams and wrote about their project in this issue’s ACRL TechConnect feature.

In this month’s The Way I See It essay, Vincent F. Scalfani of the University of Alabama discusses applications of the Scientific Method in libraries in “Hypotheses in librarianship.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a final look at ACRL’s 75th anniversary by Pamela Snelson and Internet Resources on the Vietnam War by Seth Kershner and Michael Mannheim.

Member of the Week: Jaron Porciello

Jaron PorcielloJaron Porciello is Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Jaron has been an ACRL member since 2014 and is a Scholarly Communication Workshop Presenter. She is your ACRL member of the week for October 5, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Learner, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I like to read a few books at the same time to suit my moods! I’m currently reading Impure Science by Steve Epstein, Assumption by Percival Everett, The Summer Book by Tove Jannson, and Dodsworth in Rome by Tim Egan (to my daughters).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Diverse, on trend, and professional.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I look to ACRL to see what’s on the minds of my librarian colleagues, especially areas that are not in my direct purview. The committees are great opportunities to network and contribute professionally to the field.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a digital scholarship coordinator, I look for opportunities to work with researchers on interesting ways to communicate research and data assets. For instance, I am embedded on a research grant called the Alliance for Science where the primary aim is to establish a global coalition of champions who support access to scientific innovation though evidence-based communications.

6. In your own words: My core belief is knowledge and information is a human right. Access to high-quality information, education, and the ability to aptly navigate a digital world should not be granted only to those who are born the “right” sex, in the “right” part” of the world, and who are accepted into the “right” schools. I am committed to working with my colleagues in order to develop creative, intelligent solutions to ensure that people everywhere have access to information and opportunities to become knowledge producers.

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.

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.

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