ACRL 2019 Conference Proposals

ACRL 2019 logoACRL invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2019 conference to be held April 10-13, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. Contributed paper, panel session, preconference and workshop proposals are due May 4, 2018. Poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect and virtual conference webcast proposals are due October 12, 2018. Submit proposals via the online form available on the conference website.

Today’s academic and research libraries are vibrant and fast moving, responding quickly to changes in the higher education landscape. Librarians must continually reinvent themselves to stay on the cutting edge. The ACRL 2019 conference theme, “Recasting the Narrative,” will examine what it means to be a librarian in the 21st century, adapting and leading the transition to new roles. ACRL invites submissions on all aspects of academic librarianship for presentation at ACRL 2019.

ACRL 2019 offers a variety of options for participation and features eight session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles. Conference tags will position proposals within the conference theme and will guide attendees to themes of interest during the conference.

Complete details about ACRL 2019, including the full Call for Participation, are now available online. ACRL 2019 will feature more than 500 conference programs carefully selected and presented by leaders in the profession, a variety of formal and networking opportunities, exhibits from more than 200 companies, and more. Registration opens in May 2018.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan by email at mconahan@ala.org or phone (312) 280-2522; or Tory Ondrla, email tondrla@ala.org or phone (312) 280-2515.

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

RBM Fall 2017 coverThe Fall 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

Richard Saunders. “Editor’s Note.”

Research Articles

D. Courtenay McLeland. “Artists’ Books Collection Development: Considerations for New Selectors and CollectionsArtists’ Books Collection Development: Considerations for New Selectors and Collections.”

Melissa McMullan and Joanna Cobley. “Lessons in Ephemera: Teaching and Learning through Cultural Heritage Collections.”

Eddie Woodward. “The Epidemic in the Archives: A Layman’s Guide to Cellulose Acetate Lamination.”

Colleen Hoelscher and Sarah Burke Cahalan. “Rethinking Special Collections Moves as Opportunities, not Obstacles.”

Book Reviews

Jennifer K. Sheehan. Michelle Levy and Tom Mole. The Broadview Introduction to Book History.

Eric C. Stoykovich. Science in the Archives: Pasts, Presents, Futures. Lorraine Daston, ed.

Seeking Input on Scope for New ACRL Scholarly Communication Research Agenda

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) seeks community input on the scope of a forthcoming request for proposals (RFP) for the design, development, and delivery of a new ACRL Scholarly Communication Research Agenda by COB Friday, November 24, 2017, via a feedback form. A small working group composed of ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee and senior staff will be seeking proposals from authors interested in investigating and writing a new national agenda on research needed in the system of scholarly communication. Applicants must address how a diversity of voices will be heard during the process and describe an inclusive approach to consult with historically underrepresented communities.

At this point, the working group would like broad community input on the proposed scope of the research agenda, described below. Your feedback will inform how we describe the agenda in the forthcoming RFP. Our current thinking is that the research agenda should focus on areas identified as strategically important in ACRL’s Plan for Excellence. We request input on the following excerpt of the draft RFP:

The final research agenda will examine important questions where more research is needed to accelerate the transition to more open, inclusive, and equitable systems of scholarship.The focus of the research agenda will be on discovering and implementing models for open dissemination and evaluation practices, and creating capacity to address issues related to scholarly communication. This research agenda will be informed by scholarly literature, as well as by advances in practice and the voices of underrepresented communities. The goals of the research agenda are to: a) increase the ways ACRL is an advocate and model for open dissemination and evaluation practices and b) include the perspectives of historically underrepresented communities in order to expand the profession’s understanding of scholarly communication systems.

The research agenda should clearly identify a small number of priority areas (6-10) where more research is required to effect change and accelerate the transition to a more open system, with background, rationale, and outstanding questions for each. Some potential priority areas could include topics such as:

  • Economics of publishing (including research impact and reward systems)
  • Expression of personal values in publishing choices
  • Commodification of knowledge and knowledge workflows
  • Library-led contributions to more equitable research environments
  • Intersectionality in research environments
  • Social movements as agents of intellectual priorities and innovation
  • The social value of scholarship as liberating and emancipatory
  • Tension between cultural representation/respect and research discoverability/access
  • Funder policies
  • Digital scholarship
  • Research data management

The successful researcher must take into account established investigation from recognized experts in the priority areas, once identified, but not to the exclusion of other perspectives. Of paramount importance, proposals must address how a process for developing this research agenda would be designed in an open manner and steps that would be taken to include meaningful consultation with representatives from historically underrepresented groups, in order to identify new potential systems of scholarship in areas which may have been previously overlooked. Proposals should explain how an invitational gathering would be designed to bring diverse voices in a room together as part of developing the research agenda. (Note that the facilitator for such a gathering may be different than the researcher/author).

While the person(s) selected to research and write the research agenda will be responsible for planning and carrying out the meeting, the working group will provide guidance while it is being designed. There could be some other creative mechanism, besides an invitational meeting, to achieve the goal of diversity and inclusion; proposals should explain the proposed alternate approach.

Please provide your comments and thoughts on the above scope by COB Friday, November 24, 2017, via a feedback form. The working group will consider all feedback and refine the RFP, which we anticipate issuing within a few weeks. The full RFP will include much more detail about the project, deliverables, and timeline. We expect drafts of the research agenda will be circulated for public comment while in process.

Volunteer for the New ACRL Task Force on Impactful Scholarship and Metrics

The ACRL Board of Directors, at its October 26, 2017, virtual meeting, approved the establishment of the Impactful Scholarship and Metrics Task Force regarding the evaluation of academic librarian scholarship. ACRL President Cheryl Middleton invites you to volunteer to serve on this newly created task force. If you wish to be considered for an appointment, please review the information below and complete the web form on the ACRL website by 5:00 p.m. Central on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Charge: To create a new ACRL framework that recommends effective practices regarding the evaluation of academic librarian scholarship that supports librarians in a variety of academic appointments, with differing scholarly expectations, while acknowledging and encouraging impactful scholarship venues within academic librarianship. The task force will gather input from the community, share a draft for feedback, and make revisions, following ACRL’s Guide to Policies and Procedures Chapter 14.5 Procedures for Preparation of New Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks.

Timeline:

  • Date interim report is due: ALA Annual Conference 2018
  • Date draft framework is circulated for public feedback: ALA Midwinter 2019
  • Date final draft is submitted to ACRL Standards Committee: ALA Annual Conference 2020

Composition:

  • Chair
  • 2 members from the Research and Scholarly Environment Committee
  • 2 members from the Value of Academic Libraries Committee
  • 6–8 additional members
  • Staff Liaison
  • Board Liaison

Task force members will have broad representation in the following areas: primary librarian responsibilities, academic status, size and type of institution, scholarly activity, and institution’s expectations for scholarship. They will also have an interest in promotion, tenure, and reappointment guidelines, metrics, impactful scholarship in academic librarianship and/or equitable scholarship evaluation. The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL Impactful Scholarship and Metrics Task Force is November 21! If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the web form on the ACRL website (ALA website log-in required).

Note: Due to the timeline of this task force, the process is separate from the annual division-level and section appointments. Information on those appointments will be posted in December.

Volunteer for the New ACRL Task Force to Develop Project Outcome for Academic Libraries

The ACRL Board of Directors recently approved the development of a national survey management tool for academic libraries based on PLA’s Project Outcome, and the establishment of a division-level Project Outcome for Academic Libraries Task Force. Volunteers are sought from all types of academic libraries for this Task Force. If you wish to be considered for an appointment, please review the information below and complete the web form on the ACRL website by 5 p.m. Central time on November 21, 2017.

Charge

The Task Force is established to adapt the Project Outcome measures, developed by the Public Library Association, to an academic library context. Collecting consistent outcomes data will allow academic libraries to benchmark at the national and state level and will help ACRL better support its members and mission.

With staff support and guidance from outside consultant(s) with expertise in educational outcomes assessment, it will: (1) engage the academic library community regularly to seek input and feedback; (2) determine the scope and clearly topic areas, field testing new measures in the development process; (3) ensure ancillary resources (including explanatory text, ready-made reports, and visually interactive data dashboards) and training support are translated appropriately for an academic and research librarian audience; (4) raise awareness of project, being sure to articulate the value of this tool specifically and to differentiate it from other survey tools; (5) develop use cases that highlight ways Project Outcome can be used by libraries in all Carnegie classifications; and (6) promote the new outcomes measures and toolkit and incentivize participation.

Timeline

  • Date interim reports are due: ALA Annual Conference 2018 and ALA Midwinter Meeting 2019
  • Date Academic Library Project Outcome launches: ACRL 2019 Conference
  • Date final report is due: ALA Annual Conference 2019

Composition

  • Chair
  • Representative from Value of Academic Libraries Committee
  • Representative from Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee
  • Representative from Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board
  • At least one accomplished expert on academic library outcomes assessment
  • At least one accomplished expert on post-secondary education outcomes assessment
  • 4-6 additional appointments, ensuring task force members represent community colleges, college libraries, and university libraries
  • 2 ACRL staff liaisons
  • Board Liaison

The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL Project Outcome for Academic Libraries Task Force is November 21! If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the web form (ALA website log-in required).

Note: Due to the timeline of this task force, the process is separate from the annual division-level and section appointments. Information on those appointments will be posted in December.

Questions?

Please direct any further questions about Task Force membership to ACRL Program Officer Allison Payne: apayne@ala.org, or 312-280-2519

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