Winter ACRL-Choice Webinars

ACRL-Choice webinars connect academic and research librarians with content and service providers, publishers, authors, and other experts. Since the launch of the program in 2013, thousands of participants have attended these free interactive webinars, with topics ranging from using social media to build library communities and the latest reference databases to open access.

The ACRL-Choice webinar series is an ongoing program, offering dozens of presentations each academic year. This winter,  ACRL-Choice webinars will present a variety of subjects and experts; see below for the programs and links to register.

ACRL-Choice webinars offer an exceptional way for librarians to learn about new ideas, developments, and products, and to actively participate in discussions with service providers, allowing sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback. Be sure to check out the  complete library of ACRL-Choice webinars to date—with more added each month—on the Choice Media Channel.

For more information on past and upcoming ACRL-Choice webinars, please visit us at To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at

Special Member Forum on How to Volunteer for an ACRL Committee or Community of Practice

‘Tis the season to volunteer! If you’re interested in opportunities to connect and network with others in the field or want to gain leadership experience by serving on an ACRL committee, now is the time to submit your volunteer application for 2017-18.

The ACRL Membership Committee invites all new members and anyone who would like to get more involved in ACRL to join us on Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM CDT /  12:00 MDT / 11:00 AM PDT for an online forum on the ACRL volunteer process. We will explain how to volunteer for ACRL division-level committees, ACRL section committees, and ACRL interest and discussion groups. Participants are encouraged to come with any questions they have about ACRL and how to serve.

Session Moderator:

Katie Gibson – Chair, ACRL Membership Committee

Guest Panelists:

Steven Bell – Past Co-Convener, Digital Scholarship Center Interest Group and Member of the ACRL Membership Committee

Erin Ellis – Chair, ACRL Appointments Committee

Katie Gibson – Chair, Western European Studies Section

Connecting to the Forum:

Name: ACRL Membership Committee: Getting Involved in ACRL

Start Time: 12/14/2016 1:00PM CST

Duration: 01:00 hour


Access: Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room.

Member of the Week: Jennifer Brannock

Jennifer BrannockJennifer Brannock is Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Jennifer first joined ACRL in 2004 and is your ACRL member of the week for December 5, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, outgoing, creative.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently reading The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. Ever since the Beatles’ albums were released on streaming services, that’s all I’ve been listening to. The White Album has been playing for weeks.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, collaborative, and supportive.

4. What do you value about ACRL? There are so many ways in which I appreciate ACRL. I’ve attended a number of ACRL/RBMS conferences and participated in other learning opportunities that have been transformative. These educational experiences have provided me with information and ideas to take back to my job at the University of Southern Mississippi.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am consistently engaged with faculty, students, and staff at the university. At the moment, I am partnering with a history professor on a digital humanities project relating to Mississippi community cookbooks. Through my work with faculty in various departments, special collections instruction and archival and primary source research is an integral component in many classes. As a tenured faculty member, I have been involved with faculty governance in the library, as well as around campus, by chairing library governance committees and serving as secretary of the university’s faculty senate.

6. In your own words: As with many librarians, twenty years ago I didn’t imagine that I would end up becoming a librarian…and loving it! Collaborating with faculty and students on research, exhibits, and programming is always a rewarding experience. To see a student have that “aha” moment doing research in the collections reminds me of the important role libraries play in the education of students. By presenting at conferences and writing articles for local, state, and national publications, I’m able to contribute to and participate in discussions that impact librarians. Being involved in the library, the university, the community, and in professional service and scholarship gives me the opportunity to make a difference and to hopefully convince others to develop their love of research. I truly love my job, coworkers, and the collections in special collections at Southern Miss.

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.

Volunteer for ACRL Division, Section, or Representative Appointment

Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.

If you’d like to become more engaged, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Cheryl Middleton invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2017-2018 division or section committee.

The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!

If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 15, 2017. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

C&RL News – December 2016

C&RL News - December 2016The December 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

The upcoming holidays, coupled this year with an especially emotional election season, can be a stressful time both personally and professionally. Richard Moniz, Jo Henry, Joe Eshlerman, Lisa Moniz, and Howard Slutzky provide context and advice for dealing with workplace stress in their article “Stressors and librarians: How mindfulness can help.” Their recommendations for mindfulness practice can be a big help with stress of all kinds, as well.

One of their tips for mindful behavior is to be thankful. Receiving thanks for a job well done can also help rejuvenate a commitment to the profession. At Duke University, librarians undertook a National Library Week project to give the campus community a chance to express their thanks for the university libraries. Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Kim Duckett, and Aaron Welborn provide an overview of the “#ThankALibrarian” project. In this issue’s The Way I See It essay, Michelle Price writes about confronting stress while participating in a course in her article “Fun, fear, and frustration.”

The December issue features new installments of two of our popular ongoing features. Judy Ruttenberg writes about the “SHARE” project in the Scholarly Communication column while “The future of U.S. university international branch campus libraries” is the focus of the International Insights feature.

According to tradition, we also take a look back at ACRL’s accomplishments in advancing learning and transforming scholarship over the past fiscal year with our Annual Report. You can help make the next year of your association as successful as the last by volunteering to serve on an ACRL committee.

Make sure to check out the rest of our features and departments, including information on “Journal metrics” education for faculty from Lori Bronars, Internet Resources on “Cases, statues, law review, and more” by Jessica Almeida, and the latest installment of our series highlighting the ACRL 2017 host city of Baltimore by Natalie Burclaff and Gina Calia-Lotz.

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