ACRL Presidential Candidates’ Online Forum

Come hear José Aguiñaga and Lauren Pressley, candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect, discuss their platforms and vision for ACRL in an open online forum at 3 p.m. CDT on Monday, March 6. Aguiñaga is library faculty/archives coordinator at Glendale Community College (Arizona), and Pressley is associate dean/library director at the University of Washington Tacoma Libraries. This online forum is an opportunity for ACRL members to ask questions of the two candidates.

Access to the forum will be available approximately 15 minutes before the start time through Adobe Connect. Audio archives of the candidates answering prepared questions will also be available on ACRL Insider a few days before the forum.

More information on the 2017 ACRL election, including links to candidate statements from C&RL News and a full slate of candidates for ACRL section offices, is available on the ACRL website.

Voting in the 2017 ALA/ ACRL election begins on March 13. We strongly encourage you to help shape the future of your associations by casting a ballot for the candidates of your choice!


Member of the Week: Mandi Goodsett

Mandi GoodsettMandi Goodsett is the performing arts and humanities librarian at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH. Mandi has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for February 27, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, driven, authentic.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently listening to Myth in Human History, an audio course from the Great Courses taught by Grant Voth; reading How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, as a member of my university’s Common Reading Committee; and reading Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, for fun.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative, discursive, forward-thinking.

4. What do you value about ACRL? As a new librarian, ACRL has welcomed me with open arms into its community of hard-working, inspiring librarians. Opportunities to network, share my scholarship, and grow as a professional abound, and I feel lucky to be part of a profession with such a strong community.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Besides teaching students how to use and evaluate information, guiding students through their research in reference consultations, and strategically building strong collections, I think librarians serve as an important hub of collaboration for the entire campus. In a given day, I might work with our eLearning Department, university IT staff, my liaison department chairs, or the Writing Center, not to mention the community groups, businesses, and other libraries in the area that my own library has reached out to for programming and events. I would venture to say that you wouldn’t find this much collaborative cooperation anywhere else on campus.

6. In your own words: It can be difficult for new academic librarians to adjust to the pressures and politics of higher education (and the feeling of imposter syndrome), but I believe that when more experienced librarians share their expertise and new librarians share their enthusiasm, really great things can happen.

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.

Students Lead the Library: The Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library

Students Lead the Library coverACRL announces the publication of Students Lead the Library: The Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library, edited by Sara Arnold-Garza and Carissa Tomlinson. The book features case studies of programs and initiatives that seek student input, assistance, and leadership in the library.

Academic librarians are driven by the belief that student scholars are at the heart of the library. Collections, programs, and services become meaningful when students use and learn from them. Websites and other digital services, buildings, marketing and communication strategies, and content are designed to meet their needs. The library exists, at least in large part, for the students—and student employment, leadership, and input into the library can increase engagement and outreach and improve both the library and the students it employs.

In six parts—Students as Employees, Students as Curators, Students as Ambassadors, the Library as Client, Student Groups as Library Leaders, and Students as Library Designers—Students Lead the Library gives practical perspectives and best practices for implementing these kinds of initiatives in ways that can be easily adopted to fit many different needs and circumstances. Through the library, students can develop leadership skills, cultivate high levels of engagement, and offer peer learning opportunities. Through the students, libraries can create participatory design processes, enhancement and transformation of the library’s core functions, and expressed library value for stakeholders.

This book is useful for libraries seeking to improve their services to students, reach out to new student populations, give students experiential learning opportunities, and even mitigate staffing shortages.

Students Lead the Library: The Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library 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.

ACRL SLILC Forum: Global Perspectives on Information Literacy

The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) is excited to announce the first in a series of programming and events related to the forthcoming white paper, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding. The white paper was edited by the ACRL SLILC committee and consists of thirteen chapters written by IL theorists and practitioners from various regions of the world (Africa, Canada, Europe, Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East), including a foreword by Dr. Emma Coonan of University of East Anglia. The white paper gives important insight into themes, trends, and priorities for information literacy around the globe. Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding will be published in March 2017.

View a preview of the white paper, the foreword written by Dr. Emma Coonan, “Towards a constructive unbalancing: The reflexive turn in information literacy” at this link.

Please join Merinda Kaye Hensley, past chair of SLILC, and Dr. Emma Coonan on February 28, 2017, for an ACRL SLILC online forum. Hensley and Coonan will outline the genesis of the white paper, as well as introduce the themes and highlights emerging from the work. Future programming and opportunities to engage with the authors, including a ACRL 2017 Conference panel and discussion, will be outlined.

The online forum will be held via Webex during the following time:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:00 EST | 10:00 CST. For time in your time zone, please visit this link.

To attend this online forum, please register at:

The online forum will be recorded and made available after the meeting.

For queries, please contact Alan Carbery at or Merinda Kaye Hensley at

Library Copyright Alliance Files Briefs, Submits Comments

Library Copyright Alliance Logo The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of College and Research Libraries) continues to address copyright issues that affect libraries and our users. In recent weeks, LCA has worked for the library community in the following ways:

Support for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation
Together with other members of LCA, on February 22, 2017, ACRL signed on to a statement issued by the National Federation of the Blind supporting the immediate ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled, as well as the immediate passage of a ‘Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act of 2017’ to make modest adjustments of United States copyright law.

Comments to Copyright Office on Section 512 Study
On February 17, 2017, LCA submitted additional comments in response to the request issued by the Copyright Office concerning its study of Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and as a follow up to LCA’s initial comments (April 2016) and participation in a May 2016 roundtable in New York. In this set of comments, LCA urged the Copyright Office to evaluate Section 512 in balance with the rest of the DMCA, considering the larger context in which Congress created the safe harbor system and in which the system must be evaluated. LCA also pointed out that for two decades, the federal government has strongly supported broadband availability in libraries and educational institutions and a uniform repeat infringer policy could undermine the achievements of the federal government’s broadband policy.

Amicus Brief: Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc.
On February 14, 2017, members of LCA filed an amicus brief in support of reversal, believing fair use enables the application of the first sale right with respect to the transmission of digital works in appropriate circumstances.

Amicus Brief: Cambridge University Press v. J. L. Albert
On February 13, 2017, members of LCA filed an amicus brief in support of affirmance which makes three primary points. First, that the Georgia State University (GSU) e-reserves policy embodies widespread and well-established best practices for fair use and the Court should resist the publishers’ invitation to upend the consensus which the GSU policy reflects. Second, that the nature of these scholarly works favors fair use in every instance at issue. Third, that the District Court properly considered whether GSU’s use would cause substantial harm finding any adverse impact to be minimal in most cases while the public benefit of allowing the use at issue here is substantial.

Input on Register of Copyrights
In response to a public call, LCA provided input on January 31, 2017, about the the knowledge, skills, and abilities we believe are the most important for the Register of Copyrights and about top priorities for the Register.

Comments on White Paper on Reform of the Copyright Office
In response to a white paper entitled “Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office” issued by the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, LCA provided comments on January 31, 2017. While LCA strongly agrees with the objective of modernizing the Copyright Office so that it can meet the challenges of the 21st Century, we disagree that statutory reform of the Copyright Office is necessary to accomplish these objectives.

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