ACRL Online Journals Migration April 28

As a reminder, the online versions of ACRL’s College & Research Libraries (C&RL), College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News), and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage publications will migrate to the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform on Friday, April 28. The addition of features and other enhancements will continue in the weeks following the beta launch.

OJS is an open source journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project as part of its efforts to expand and improve access to research. The move of ACRL’s serials publications to OJS aligns the association’s commitment to open access publishing with the open source software movement.

2018 ACRL President’s Program Planning Committee Invites Your Participation

At the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, the ACRL President’s Program will explore the idea of resilience in (hopefully) all of its complexity. As a first step in our planning process, we want to hear your stories about resilience and how you have experienced it in your workplace. We are not looking for a specific type of story or any particular focus. Please share as much or as little as you like through our form.

We would love to hear your stories as soon as possible! Our preferred date to receive them is by Monday, June 19, 2017, but the form will remain open for some time after the 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

The planning committee will use the stories we gather to identify the scope and themes for the program. We will also share them with the speakers to help them as they prepare. To protect your anonymity, we will redact names and institutions from the stories before sharing them with speakers; and we will not share these stories in any form publicly.

Thank you again for sharing your time and experiences.  If you have questions, additional comments to share, or ideas for good speakers, please contact Jeanne Davidson at

Seeking Feedback on Draft of Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education


An ACRL task force seeks comments on a draft of potential changes to the the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE) before completing final revisions and submitting the standards with a recommendation to approve them. Like all ACRL standards and guidelines, these are subject to a regular cyclical review. Please review the draft documents and provide feedback either by attending an upcoming online open forum or by submitting your comments through an online feedback form by Tuesday, May 23.

Join the free online open forum Seeking Feedback on Draft of Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education on Thursday, May 11, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.)

How to Register
Submit your free registration online by May 10, 2017.  Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of May 10.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Tech Check
The online open forum takes place in a WebEx meeting room. Make certain you have an updated version of Java. Make sure you have the most recent WebEx software by checking the system requirements. This especially applies to users accessing the meeting through a mobile device. We recommend a USB headset. Please allow a few minutes to get in and test your audio, etc. before the start time.

The SLHE, adopted in 2011, are designed to guide academic libraries in advancing and sustaining their role as partners in educating students, achieving their institutions’ missions, and positioning libraries as leaders in assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses. Libraries in higher education are increasingly required to demonstrate their value and document their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness and be prepared to address changes in higher education. The SLHE is a framework for library planning and assessment that can be used for a variety of circumstances including annual planning, program review, and accreditation self-study.

Contact the task force chair, Andrea Falcone at or (303) 352-3953.

2017 ACRL Award Winners, Part 2

Congratulations to the following recipients of 2017 ACRL awards. Complete information on the ACRL awards program is available on the association website.

Member of the Week: Sara Kuhn

Sara KuhnSara Kuhn is the senior manager for research and learning at Monash University Malaysia in Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. Sara has been an ACRL member since 2016 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 24, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated. Smart. Funny.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice by Maryellen Weimer. It is recommended reading in the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE) program I am currently engaged in at Monash University Malaysia. I love it because it discourses on pedagogy in easy-to-digest chunks while using simple, but effective language. On my iPad I am regularly engaged in video certification courses. This year I have completed Risk-Taking for Leaders, Blended Learning Fundamentals, Teaching Fundamentals: Project-Based Learning, and Flipping the Classroom. For fun? I watch movies on my iPad… 2 nights past…The Sleeping Dictionary as it is set here in Malaysia; in Sarawak in 1936. I plan to compare Hollywood’s depiction with that of the local heritage scholars.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Exciting. Extensive. Expanding.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Engaging and useful conversations enhanced by valuable, career-expanding connections with colleagues and mentors. I admit I am a new member. This is my first academic librarian position in a university setting. Prior to that, my 10-year career was largely centered in public libraries in the US and Canada. ACRL is integral to helping me to navigate my new landscape and role as an academic librarian, specifically in my recently-held role as liaison librarian and current role as senior manager, research and learning, managing the Department of Liaisons Librarians, Learning Skills Advisers, Postgraduate Programs Coordinator, and Web Librarian.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I feel that my team and I contribute significantly to enhancing scholarly study and research and learning on campus and provide our staff and students with the tools they need to not only succeed academically, but to be competitive in a global workplace and marketplace. I am currently leading the campus-wide implementation of the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework, developed by John Willison at the University of Adelaide, which is based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, ACRL info lit standards, and the ANZIIL standards.

6. In your own words: 

Busy. Rewarding. Whole-hearted.

I thoroughly enjoy working with the students and academic staff on my campus. I feel extremely lucky to have such a rewarding career. I know that I help students and staff to more efficiently navigate the wealth of e-resources we have at our fingertips at Monash; and assist them in gaining knowledge around information literacy, scholarly communication, and research impact—subjects which by their nature tend to be elusive for both the student and the researcher.

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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