Keeping Up With… Cybersecurity, Usability, and Privacy

The latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is now available. This month’s issue features a discussion of Cybersecurity, Usability, and Privacy by Bohyun Kim.

Keeping Up With… is available on the ACRL website and each issue will be send via email to ACRL members. Non-members  can visit our email subscription page to sign up to receive Keeping Up With… and a variety of other ACRL awareness publications including the ACRL Update newsletter and table of contents alerts for C&RL and C&RL News.

ACRL is currently accepting topic suggestions for future editions of Keeping Up With… . Visit the Keeping Up With…website for more information or contact David Free at with questions or to submit topics.

ACRL Announces New Presenters for RDM Workshop

rdmThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Kristin Briney, Christina Chan-Park, Laura Palumbo, and Sarah Wright as the newest presenters for the one-day licensed workshop, Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work. Kristin, Christina, Laura, and Sarah join the team of Abigail Goben and Megan Sapp Nelson as partners in shaping the curriculum and presenting the workshop.

Kristin Briney is Data Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Christina Chan-Park is the Science Librarian, Baylor University; Laura Palumbo is Chemistry and Physics Librarian/Science Data Specialist, Rutgers University; and Sarah Wright is Life Sciences Librarian for Research, Cornell University.

“We are thrilled to have Kristin Briney, Christina Chan-Park, Laura Palumbo, and Sarah Wright join Abagail Goven and Megan Sapp Nelson as the first cohort of presenters,” said ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee Chair Amy Buckland of the University of Chicago. “Not only does this group bring a tremendous amount of expertise on a topic that is still new to many librarians, but the enthusiasm with which they have taken on their new roles will ensure these workshops are effective and engaging.”

The RDM licensed workshop will be offered as a “roadshow” along with the existing Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action, Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement, and newly developed Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy workshops.

The RDM workshop will be available upon request on a licensed basis starting in fall 2016. Bring the one day workshop to your campus, chapter, or consortia at any time year-round.

Contact Chase Ollis, Program Coordinator, at with questions.

ACRL 2017 Keynote Speakers Announced

ACRL 2017 logoACRL announces its celebrated lineup of keynote speakers for the ACRL 2017 Conference, “At the Helm: Leading Transformation,” to be held March 22 – 25, in Baltimore. Be challenged and inspired by ACRL’s three distinguished speakers, who also double as information designers, journalists, authors, social commentators, comic writers, and the 14th Librarian of Congress.

Opening Keynote, March 22, 2017 – David McCandless, Information Designer

McCandlessWeb600x600 David McCandless is a British data-journalist, author, and information designer. He creates stunning infographics that explore new directions for journalism and discover new stories among the vast amount of data surrounding us. His three books  – The Visual Miscellaneum, Knowledge is Beautiful, and Information is Beautiful – along with his blog help people visualize captivating and intriguing patterns and connections across economics, philosophy, art, science, health, and pop culture.

McCandless describes how combining the language of the eye with the language of the mind enhances our understanding of complex data. He believes that the Internet has turned us all into visualizers for whom processing graphic information is effortless. According to McCandless, data visualization is becoming increasingly important because it enables knowledge compression, allowing an enormous amount of information to be packed into a small space.

His design work has appeared in over forty publications internationally including The Guardian, Wired, and Die Zeit and his pieces have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Wellcome Trust gallery in London, and at the Tate Britain.

Middle Keynote, March 23, 2017 – Roxane Gay, Author and Cultural Critic

GayRoxaneRoxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is widely revered for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. Her work garners international acclaim for her deft eye on modern culture and for the signature wit and ferocity of her critiques. She is the author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and the forthcoming Difficult Women and Hunger to be published in 2017. An Untamed State, Gay’s novel about a kidnapped Haitian-American woman, is currently being adapted for film.

One of her latest projects is the new Marvel comic Black Panther: World of Wakanda that will premiere in November 2016. A companion series to Marvel’s Black Panther, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, World of Wakanda is co-written by Gay and the poet Yona Harvey. Gay is one of the first-ever black women to write for Marvel comics.

Roxane is also a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, co-editor of PANK and was the non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. Her writing has also appeared in McSweeney’s, The Nation and many other publications. In addition, Gay fronts a small army of avid fans on Twitter.

Closing Keynote, March 25, 2017 – Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

Photo credit: Dave Munch, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Photo credit: Dave Munch, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Carla Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress (incumbent). She will become the first woman and first African-American to fill the post. After graduating from Roosevelt University and receiving her master’s and doctorate degrees in Library Science from the University of Chicago, she began her career as a children’s librarian at the Chicago Public Library. In 1993 she was appointed to the Director at Enoch Pratt Free Library. She was honored as the national Librarian of the Year by Library Journal in 1995 after she created an outreach program for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling.

Hayden served as 2003–04 ALA President and was vocal in her public opposition to the Patriot Act, saying the national security law passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks gave law enforcement “unprecedented powers of surveillance — including easy access to library records with minimal judicial oversight.”

Along with her objections of the Patriot Act, Hayden has done much in her career in outreach programs with an emphasis on equality of access. As ALA President she wrote: “At a time when our public is challenged on multiple fronts, we need to recommit ourselves to the ideal of providing equal access to everyone, anywhere, anytime, and in any format. . . . By finally embracing equity of access we will be affirming our core values, recognizing realities, and assuring our future.”

On February 24, 2016, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress. In a press release from the White House, President Obama stated, “Hayden has devoted her career to modernizing libraries so that everyone can participate in today’s digital culture. She has the proven experience, dedication, and deep knowledge of our nation’s libraries to serve our country well…” Hayden was subsequently confirmed by a 74-18 vote in the United States Senate on July 13, 2016.

Fortune magazine ranked Hayden among the World’s 50 greatest leaders in 2016.

Additional details about the ACRL 2017 Conference are available on the conference website. Registration and housing are currently available.

For more information about ACRL 2017, contact Tory Ondrla at or 312-280-2515.

Choice Announces Two New Hires

Melissa Ceraso has been named editor in mathematics and the natural sciences, and Jason Simon has been named senior web developer for Choice, effective immediately. Choice, a publishing unit of ACRL, is the publisher of Choice, the premier source for reviews of new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries.

Melissa CersaoUntil recently, Melissa Ceraso was the Evergreen Systems Manager at Bibliomation, Inc., the largest library consortium in the state of Connecticut. There, she managed and maintained Evergreen, an open-source integrated library system utilized throughout the entire consortium. During her tenure at Bibliomation, she fulfilled the role of lead project manager for the new union catalog and the new interlibrary loan system for the Connecticut State Library. In addition, she was the project manager for Bibliomation’s library migration projects. Prior to her employment at Bibliomation, Melissa worked in multiple library settings – ranging from providing reference services for a document delivery company to cataloging government documents for an academic library. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Library Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University. In her mathematics and natural sciences editorial role at Choice, where she succeeds Georgia Scura and Cynthia Crooker, she will report to Bill Mickey, editorial director.

Jason Simon pic 2Holding a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons, Jason Simon spent the past five-and-a-half years serving as the technology & serials librarian at Fitchburg State University, where he was responsible for creating  a custom electronic resources management (ERM) system and a system for digitizing open-access periodicals.  A designer of websites since the mid-1990s, he has presented and published on developing small digital management systems, electronic asset management, and usability and brings to Choice expertise in database design, information literacy, and web development.  Prior to earning his MLIS, Jason did graduate work in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his role at Choice, the first of its kind at the publishing unit, Jason will work closely with developers to create the upcoming CC Advisor product and to upgrade Choice Reviews, and will play a major role in modifications and improvements to Choice’s back-end systems. He will report to Mark Cummings, editor and publisher.

“We are thrilled to welcome Melissa and Jason to the Choice team,” said Cummings. “With Melissa on board, we have a hearty roster of subject editors, and are excited about her editorial skills as well as knowledge of the modern academic library landscape. In a role new to Choice, Jason brings a wealth of knowledge about library systems as well as web development expertise. It’s a time of real growth and innovation at Choice, and these two new hires exemplify the direction in which we are headed.”

Member of the Week: Megan Sapp Nelson

Megan Sapp NelsonMegan Sapp Nelson is Associate Professor of Library Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Megan first joined ACRL in 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for August 22, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Seeking better solutions.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently in the midst of Justin Cronin’s Passage Trilogy. I am obsessed with podcasts. My favorite right now is Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. If you haven’t heard the episode “The Lady Vanishes,” drop everything and go listen.  It completely changed how I have viewed the last eight years in the US and this political season.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional development, infrastructure.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL invests in the skills development of its members in a variety of ways. I attended Immersion Teaching Track in 2012 and it gave me the opportunity to transform a class as well as to change my teaching habits. I’ve internalized backward design of instruction at this point and that training started with Immersion. It’s made me a more efficient and more effective teacher.

On the other side of the professional development coin, I’ve had the opportunity to be a curriculum developer for the Building Your Research Data Management Tool Kit Road Show and it has been one of the most challenging and interesting professional endeavors I’ve undertaken. I look forward to providing skills development for other ACRL members in the coming months.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I serve as a liaison to six departments in the colleges of Engineering and Science and Purdue Polytechnic. Additionally, I have a functional role to provide support for researchers dealing with data management in the STEM fields at Purdue. My contributions to my campus are generally in one of two areas, curriculum integration of IL/ data information literacy skills or research support.

6. In your own words: Academic libraries have always been at the heart of campus, but with our involvement moving to the beginning of the scholarly communication life cycle, facilitating the creation and long-term management of data as well as all of the scholarly by-products that result from research, our work is now at the core of the research mission of the institution. Our own research now has the potential to impact the practices of our disciplinary faculty in ways that we couldn’t conceive when I began my career in libraries in 2003. It’s a fascinating and exhilarating time to be an academic librarian.

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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