May 12 deadline for ACRL 14th National Conference proposals

The deadline for proposals for ACRL 14th National Conference contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, and workshops is Monday, May 12, 2008

The ACRL 14th National Conference, to be held in Seattle, March 12-15, 2009, will offer a forum for an exciting and energizing exchange of ideas on research, practices, developments, and visions in the field of academic and research librarianship. The conference theme, “Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend,” reflects the promise and the challenge of the Northwest. The ACRL National Conference Executive Committee invites submitters to send their edgiest, most “out-there” proposals, to help make ACRL 2009 a truly groundbreaking conference.

Proposals are sought for a variety of formats including contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, workshops, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions.  Deadlines for proposal submissions are as follows:

  • May 12, 2008 – Contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, and workshops
  • October 20, 2008 – Poster sessions
  • November 23, 2008 – Roundtable discussions

Full text of the Call for Participation is available online at (Click “Proposals”).   

Complete details about the conference are online at  Questions about the call for presentation and the 14th ACRL National Conference should be directed to Margot Conahan at, or by phone at 312-280-2522. 

OnPoint Chat on Green Libraries

Join us on Tuesday May 14, 2008 (10 a.m. Pacific | 11 a.m. Mountain | 12 p.m. Central | 1 p.m. Eastern – note time change!) for the next ACRL OnPoint chat, covering the topic of green libraries. ACRL OnPoint is a live series of informal monthly chat sessions that provide the opportunity to connect with colleagues and experts to discuss an issue of the day in academic and research librarianship.

Conveners: Mary Carr, Dean Instructional Services, Spokane Community College; and Dr. Debra Rowe, President of the US Partnership for a Sustainable Future.

From a library/librarians’ perspective, how are our library resources when it comes to sustainability? Are we supporting the college’s curricular efforts? What about the “greening” of the library and the campus? Can we practice sustainability? Can we promote it by speakers, presentations, etc.? What can we do within our library associations, and other professional groups? This OnPoint chat session will engage colleagues in discussing the following questions:

1) The whats, whys and wherefores of sustainability?
2) What is happening on our campuses and in our communities regarding sustainability?
3) How can we support what is happening and how can we contribute to “moving the needle?

Visit the OnPoint website for more information and archives of past chat sessions.

C&RL preprints go open access!

The recently launched preprint service of College & Research Libraries is now completely open to the public, regardless of ACRL membership status. C&RL preprints are fully vetted articles that are ready for publication pending only final copy editing and space in an upcoming issue. Under the new open access model, these timely new research articles in academic librarianship are now available to a wider audience.

“We’re pleased to make these preprint articles openly available,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “Drawing on our long-standing concerns for the health of scholarly communication, ACRL continues to experiment with our access and business models as a publisher.”

Additional details are available in the press release about the new service.

Make sure to visit the C&RL preprint page often to discover new content!

ACRL Co-sponsors Sparky Video Contest

ACRL is pleased to co-sponsor the second annual Sparky Awards, a contest organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) to recognize the best new short videos illustrating the value of information sharing. It aims to broaden the discussion of access to scholarly research by inviting students to express their views creatively. The competition showcases student productions and offers instructors a fun and thought-provoking class assignment.

By co-sponsoring, ACRL hopes that librarians will use this contest as a tool for talking with students and faculty about information use and policy, thereby increasing information fluency in a creative way. This contest supports librarians in engaging with a population which increasingly embraces user-generated content.

The 2008 contest theme is “MindMashup: The Value of Information Sharing.” Well-suited for adoption as a college class assignment, the Sparky Awards invites contestants to submit videos of two minutes or less that imaginatively portray the benefits of the open, legal exchange of information. Entries must be received by November 30, 2008. For full details, see the contest Web site. ACRL joins the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Penn Libraries (at the University of Pennsylvania), Students for Free Culture (SFC), and The Student PIRGs in co-sponsoring the contest with SPARC.

ACRL Member of the Week: Char Booth

Char BoothChar Booth is Reference and Instruction Librarian/ Communication Bibliographer at Ohio University Libraries. Char has been an ACRL member since 2006, was a 2007 ALA Emerging Leader, and is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Ready, steady, go.

2. What are you listening to on your iPod? I’ve listened to (a)múm and (b)Marty Robbins so far today, which means that (a)I was seeking a bit of musical noise-cancellation in the office, and (b) it’s finally warming up outside and I’m missing Texas as a result.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Focused, collegial, necessary.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined this organization in order to participate in a professional development network that was specifically focused on academic librarianship. I have found that ACRL conferences, publications, and initiatives are of consistently high quality and are applicable to my daily practice as a university librarian.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? So many things that it’s difficult to summarize. Engagement, creativity, and service are central to what we do, and I believe librarians are typically intellectual and progressive individuals. The benefits of the profession are enormous – on a daily basis I am able to see tangible results of my efforts to educate and inform, while my ultimate goal is to enable access and evaluation of information. In other words, it is difficult for me to imagine doing anything more productive with my time.

6. In your own words: That this is a contentious period for academic and research libraries can be seen as an opportunity rather than a barrier – now more than ever we have the opportunity to positively affect the tools and processes used to arrange, provide, and preserve knowledge as they evolve. It is critically important that we advocate for ourselves and our institutions while collaborating with other fields to improve information access and scholarly communication. Being put in the position to justify our value gives us the opportunity to redefine librarianship to our constituents. In so doing we can help them understand what the profession is truly about, which in my opinion has been a trade secret for too long.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Contact David Free at dfree{at}ala{dot}org for more information.

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