Member of the Week: Yu-Hui Chen

Yu-Hui ChenYu-Hui Chen is Subject Librarian for Education and East Asia Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY in Albany, NY. Yu-Hui has been an ACRL member since 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 24, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, intellectually curious.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading The Buddha in Your Mirror: Practical Buddhism and the Search for Self by Woody Hochswender. 

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Supportive, educational, opportunity.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL’s leadership in supporting the professional growth of librarians from diverse backgrounds through professional development programs and service opportunities. I also value the strong commitment demonstrated by its members, who volunteer their time and expertise to advance the organization and communicate the value of academic and research librarianship in higher education.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I contribute to my university’s mission and values by developing library collections that support learning, teaching, and research; facilitating ease of resource access and information discovery via library web usability studies; and fostering lifelong learners with critical thinking and problem-solving skills through instruction and research assistance. I support the university’s strategic goals by reaching out to our international students and helping them succeed academically through research and plagiarism workshops and by working with teaching faculty to prepare our students to become knowledge workers. My research on web usability and user education is intended to contribute to the knowledge base in the field and increase the national and international visibility of the university, especially the university libraries and their scholarship.  As I strive to be an effective teacher and a good researcher, I am also dedicated to both governance and non-governance committee work to help the university fulfill its mission.

6. In your own words: I enjoy working with students and teaching faculty in higher education, an intellectually stimulating environment. Teaching and learning go hand in hand. I always make an effort to build on my knowledge and skills during the process of helping students with their research projects or preparing teaching materials for course-related instruction. As a firm believer in user-centered service, I find their smiles of satisfaction extremely rewarding.

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.

Update on the Framework for Information Literacy “Sandbox”

Framework for Informaiton Literacy coverThe ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) has been hard at work collaborating with the Cherry Hill Company on the development of the Framework “Sandbox,” a repository for sharing Framework instruction materials.

While development has taken a little longer than originally anticipated, we are excited to report that the repository will enter into the testing phase within the next week. After testing is complete and feedback incorporated, we hope to launch the website by the end of November/early December of this year.

We are aware of how highly anticipated this resource is by members of the profession. It has been a priority of ours to balance timeliness of availability of this repository with a high quality, dynamic platform that upon launch will meet the needs of academic librarians using the Framework. This repository will allow contributors to upload resources they have developed and will provide robust searching by fields such as keyword, institution, contributor, and more, so that those looking for ideas can find related materials. We are grateful for everyone’s continued patience, and look forward with excitement to launching before the end of the fall 2016 semester.

In the meantime, we hope Framework practitioners are getting their Framework-related resources ready for submission to the “Sandbox.” We can’t wait to see what everyone has already created!

— The FAB “Sandbox” Project Team (Donna Witek, Susan Miller, and Sharon Mader)

Call for ACRL e-Learning proposals – 11/18 deadline

Submit a proposal for a live webcast or asynchronous online course and share your cutting-edge practices and innovative developments with your colleagues. Check out the ACRL e-Learning Call for Proposals online. Proposals are due November 18, 2016.

e-Learning Formats
Webcasts: ACRL webcasts are 60-90 minutes in length, including time for audience Q&A.  Presenters can use PowerPoint, online polls, white board, and other interactive tools during the webcast. Participants can interact with the presenters via text-based chat or audio. ACRL offers e-Learning webcast presenters a 10% royalty of webcast registration revenue, less production fees, split between the presenters.

Online Courses: ACRL online courses are primarily asynchronous events offered over the course of three or four weeks. Online courses are offered on the Moodle platform. Courses should include weekly readings, discussion questions, assignments, chat sessions, and/or a final assignment. ACRL provides one-time $1,000 for content development for new multi-week courses, as well as a royalty of 10% of the course registration fees, split between the presenters, each time the course is offered.

How to submit a proposal
Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form by November 18, 2016.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.

ACRL 2017 Schedule, What’s New

ACRL 2017 logoThe ACRL 2017 program schedule is now available on the conference website. ACRL 2017 features more than 300 thought-provoking sessions hand-selected by your peers.

You can sort the schedule by date, session format, primary tag, or search for particular speakers. And while you can’t be in two places at once, your conference registration allows you access to over 200 of these sessions in the Virtual Conference for one full year after the event!

While you’re on the ACRL 2017 website checking out all the great programs waiting for you in Baltimore, make sure to visit the What’s New page for details on all of the new additions to conference, including our upcoming conference app, trivia night, and more!

ACRL Presents: Update on ACRL Action-Oriented Research Agenda (11/15)

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Update on ACRL’s Action-Oriented Research Agenda,” on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central time (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pacific | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central  | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.)

Learn about progress on ACRL’s forthcoming action-oriented research agenda on library contributions to student learning and success. A team from OCLC Research – which ACRL selected to design, develop, and deliver the new action-oriented agenda – has been working since August and seeks your input and feedback.

Join ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee chair to hear the context for this work along with the project director and team members. This forum will allow community members to ask questions and give reactions to the first draft. You can find the draft online one week prior to the online forum on the project webpage.

Presenters: Jaime Hammond, director of library services at Naugatuck Valley Community College and chair of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee; Lynn Silipigni Connaway, project director and senior research scientist at OCLC; and project team members Vanessa Kitzie and Stephanie Mikitish, doctoral candidates at Rutgers University.

How to register: Submit your free registration online by noon Central on Monday, November 14. Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of November 14.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

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