Member of the Week: Hadeer Elsbai

Editor’s Note: For the month of January, we’re profiling student members of ACRL. For a limited time, ACRL membership dues for students are just $5.

Hadeer ElsbaiHadeer Elsbai is a reference associate at New York University in New York, NY. Hadeer first joined ACRL in 2017 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 16, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Persistent, curious, writer.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? My daily commute totals three hours, which gives me plenty of time to read! I usually like to read three books of varying genres at a time. Right now I’m nearly done with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, I just started N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky, and I’m working through Kathleen Fraser’s Before They Were Belly Dancers: European Accounts of Female Entertainers in Egypt, 1760-1890.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Engaged, community, outreach.

4. What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? ACRL is so much more focused in relation to my career goals than ALA, which is much broader in scope. I hope to learn from ACRL’s publications, resources, and networking opportunities.

5. What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? I’d like to continue in academic librarianship, with the hope of eventually becoming a subject specialist. I think having the opportunity to interact with other academic librarians and learn from their experiences is one of the things I most look forward to.

6. In your own words: As someone who briefly considered a doctoral degree, I find academic librarianship to be a happy compromise of my eclectic interests. It allows me to be immersed in academia while having the freedom to explore a broader range of possibilities than a doctoral degree path would grant. I’m pleased to have found myself in a field that is not only collaborative and knowledge-seeking, but is also striving to diversify.

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.

RCL Seeks Subject Editors

Resources for College LibrariesRCL homepage (RCL), the bibliography of essential titles for academic libraries, is announcing editorial openings. RCL is a continuously-updated, peer-reviewed core collection that includes over 85,000 resources in 72 curriculum-specific subject areas. RCL is currently seeking subject specialists for the following disciplines:

  • Asian History, Languages, and Literatures
  • Biology
  • Criminal Justice and Law (two-year programs)
  • Graphic and Apparel Arts (two-year programs)
  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures
  • Technology and Engineering
  • Visual Arts

Subject editors oversee the ongoing development of the discipline, with responsibilities including:

  • Selecting new title additions, including select web resources.
  • Updating, reviewing, and weeding current selections.
  • Maintaining and refining the subject taxonomy.
  • Integrating advancements in disciplinary research, teaching, and scholarship.

Successful subject editors balance broad and deep subject expertise, familiarity with the undergraduate curriculum, and discerning judgment to oversee the core bibliography of current and canonical works for academic libraries. This role involves a time commitment of approximately 30 hours/year, with flexible deadlines and remote workflow. This is a professional research service opportunity; subject editors also receive an honorarium for annual service.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, along with a brief description of experience managing subject collections, to RCL Project Editor Anne Doherty at

Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries Draft Revision Feedback

An ACRL task force seeks comments on a draft revision of the association’s 2012 Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries. Review the draft revision (PDF) on ACRL website and send feedback to Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries Task Force Chair Gisele Genevieve Tanasse at by Friday, March 2, 2018.

The task force is additionally hosting a session at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting for in-person feedback, discussion, and commentary on the draft. The session will be held on Saturday, February 10, from 10:30 am to noon in the Sheraton Denver Downtown Governor’s Square 11 room.

ACRL WGSS 2018 Research Poster Session: Call for Proposals

The ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) invites proposals for the 2018 WGSS Research Poster Session, to be held as part of the ALA Annual Conference General Poster Session, located in the exhibits hall at the New Orleans Convention Center. WGSS has a dedicated time from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on SaturdayJune 23, for our posters to be displayed and discussed. We would also like those who are able and willing to present their posters at the WGSS General Membership Meeting at 4:30 the same day, to encourage maximum feedback. 

The potential scope of the topics includes, but is not limited to, teaching partnerships, critical information literacy initiatives, critical cataloging, archival practices, collection development, and scholarly communications related to women and gender studies. Topics dealing with feminism and librarianship are also welcome. For research ideas, see the Research Agenda for Women and Gender Studies Librarianship.

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 16, 2018. Following a double-blind peer-review process, applicants will be notified in late March if their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. Start your online application process now. You must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application. 

Jennifer Gilley
Chair, Research Committee
ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section



2018 Academic Library Impact Research Grants

Portrait of America no.106 Vassar College Library, c.1944ACRL is pleased to announce the launch of the new Academic Library Impact Research Grants. The ACRL Board of Directors has allocated $20,000 in fiscal year 2018 to offer research grants of up to $3,000 each. These grants will enable librarians to carry out new research, particularly in areas suggested by ACRL’s 2017 report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared for ACRL by OCLC Research and available for download or purchase).

ACRL invites practicing librarians and information professionals employed in academic and research libraries to apply for funding for research that will demonstrate library contributions to student learning and success. Each proposed project should aim to build on the foundations of the Academic Library Impact report and fill gaps in existing literature. As the report’s authors write, it is intended to act “as a catalyst for the study of college and university student learning and success,” highlighting questions for further investigation as well as tools and methods that can be applied to them or any number of related topics.

This program is one of several developed by ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries (VAL) Committee to support librarians in their efforts to demonstrate the impact of their work to a wider audience. “These new grants will advance research in key areas,” says committee chair Alan Carbery. The goal is to “demonstrate the myriad positive impacts libraries can have on student learning and success, and to share those findings to the benefit of the library field and higher education.”

Applications are due by April 1, 2018. ACRL expects to announce future rounds of research grants in 2019. Complete details of the Academic Library Impact Research Grants, including how to apply, are available on the ACRL website.

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