Tell Department of Education to Make Libraries Grant-Eligible

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is seeing public comments on its “Proposed Supplemental Priorities of Discretionary Grant Programs,” that is the areas where the ED plans to focus competitive grant programs, due Monday, November 13.

Each time the ED revisits its priorities is an opportunity for libraries to demonstrate the many ways we provide high-quality education for students of all ages, from early learners to lifelong learners. It is a chance for libraries to have a voice at the national level and influence public policy.

Does your library promote STEM and computer science education? In what ways does your library foster literacy? Does your library implement programs for career readiness? If you see how your library contributes to these or any of the ED’s 11 proposed priorities, submit a letter by the November 13 deadline.

ALA will be filing comments and is encouraging librarians across the country to file as well. Tell the ED to make libraries grant-eligible. By using all the voices in our communities to help the ED set priorities, we can increase the chances libraries are eligible for federal funding that can provide more resources and opportunities to the communities we serve.

Member of the Week: Lorelei B. Rutledge

Lorelei B. RutledgeLorelei B. Rutledge is an assistant librarian at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. Lorelei first joined ACRL in 2011 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 6, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Motivated, curious, innovative.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I like to read a few different things at once. Right now, I am working on Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan, a great introduction to statistical concepts, and Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch, a London police procedural with a hint of the supernatural thrown in.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Vibrant, engaged, community.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I love that ACRL gives me an opportunity to get to know and learn from other librarians. I really value the inspiration that I get from connecting with others and hearing about what they are doing. I also refer regularly to ACRL publications and appreciate the chance to learn from so many experts about best practices.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus?  As the coordinator for our library residency, I do a lot of work to help bring in new librarians from underrepresented groups of all kinds to the University of Utah’s Marriott Library. Our residency gives us a chance to learn from bright and amazing new librarians, who in turn get to explore different areas of our library and learn from us. I also serve as the coordinator for our online reference services, so I spend a lot of time making sure students, faculty, and community members are getting the resources and expertise they need.

6. In your own words: I really love being part of a field where I can bring all of my varied interests to bear to support students, faculty, staff, and community members. I enjoy working with patrons to explore new ideas, find information, and develop new strategies to solve problems. I also love being around and learning from so many smart people with such great ideas.

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.

C&RL News – November 2017

C&RL News-November 2017The November 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. The continued focus on the accuracy of information in both traditional and social media provides an important opportunity for academic and research librarians to provide information literacy instruction that is meaningful to students beyond their classroom assignments. In their article “Says who?” librarians from Aquinas College provide insight into a variety of classroom approaches to addressing “fake news” with undergraduate students.

Librarians at the University of California-Merced took a variety of approaches to highlighting media literacy on campus, including a library exhibit, faculty workshop, special events, and a social media outreach campaign. Sara Davidson Squibb writes about their efforts in her article “Be aware: Elevate your news evaluation.”

The ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee recently conducted a demographic survey of ACRL’s editorial boards as part of their committee workplan. Emily Ford, Wendi Arant Kaspar, and Peggy Seiden discuss the results of the survey in “Diversity of ACRL publications, editorial board demographics.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication article, ACRL President Cheryl A. Middleton discusses “Closing the divide” between subject and scholarly communication librarians to help reach common campus goals around open access and other scholarly communication issues.

Librarians continue to use the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in creative ways. Four art and design librarians from different institutions write about their collaborative efforts to apply the Framework to Studio Art classes in their article “CREATE.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look at applying user experience design principles to library signage, Internet Resources on “Community engagement in higher education” by Anne Marie Gruber, a The Way I See It essay on “Reference, reading, and nonreading” by Evan F. Kuehn, a preview of the November issue of College & Research Libraries in the C&RL Spotlight department, and the ACRL 2019 Call for Participation.

ACRL Comments to NLM on Next-Generation Data Science Challenges in Health and Biomedicine

On October 31, 2017, ACRL provided comments to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in response to their call for information on next-generation data science challenges in health and biomedicine. NLM, the programmatic and administrative home for data science at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sought community input in order to help it complement NIH’s efforts to catalyze open science, data science and research reproducibility.

As reflected in previous ACRL support for governmental policies and legislation that facilitate open access to scholarship and data and open education, ACRL is fundamentally committed to the open exchange of information to empower individuals and facilitate scientific discovery. ACRL’s comments to NLM covered these areas: promising directions for new data science research in the context of human health and disease; promising directions for new initiatives relating to open science and research reproducibility; and promising directions for workforce development and new partnerships.

Read more in ACRL’s full comments to NLM.

Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices

Undergraduate Research coverACRL announces the publication of Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practicesedited by Merinda Kaye Hensley and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. In 25 chapters featuring 60 expert contributors, Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian is a detailed guide to how librarians can help students go beyond a foundation of information literacy toward advanced research and information management skills, and align the library with institutional goals of engagement and retention.

Undergraduate research is often conflated with standard end-of-semester research papers, featuring APA style bibliographies and a certain number of sources. But in fact, undergraduate research is one of several high-impact educational practices identified by George Kuh and the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and is increasingly seen as a vital part of the undergraduate experience. Research helps students connect the dots between their interests, general education courses, writing requirements, and major coursework, and increases learning, retention, enrollment in graduate education, and engagement in future work.

Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian explores the strategic new services and cross-departmental collaborations academic libraries are creating to support research: publishing services, such as institutional repositories and undergraduate research journals; data services; copyright services; poster printing and design; specialized space; digital scholarship services; awards; and much more. These programs can be from any discipline, can be interdisciplinary, can be any high-impact format, and can reflect upon an institution’s own history, traditions, and tensions.

As higher education becomes more competitive—for dollars, for students, for grant money, for resources in general—institutions will need to increase their development of programs that provide the experiential and deep learning, and increased engagement, that research provides. The scholarly and extracurricular experiences of college are increasingly becoming a major part of marketing college education. Beyond the one-shot, beyond course-integrated instruction, Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian examines how the structures that undergird undergraduate research, such as the library, can become part of the core infrastructure of the undergraduate experience.

Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


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