ACRL 2017 proposal submission deadline October 14

ACRL invites you to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues at ACRL 2017 logoACRL 2017, At the Helm: Leading Transformation. Submit your proposal via the Call for Participation available on the conference website. The submission deadline is approaching! Poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect presentation, and Virtual Conference proposals are due October 14, 2016.

Why Present at ACRL 2017?

  • Advocate for your research, project or initiative.
  • Expand your connections and get feedback from the best in the profession.
  • Boost your professional experience and confidence.
  • Invite new collaborations and opportunities into your life.
  • Inspire your colleagues by presenting on the most dynamic issues and ideas facing the profession.
  • Add your presentation to your CV and feel good about contributing to the profession.
  • Good work juju (it’s true, ACRL presenters receive good juju all year long!).

A Format for Everyone

ACRL 2017 offers a variety of session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles. From first-time presenters to seasoned experts, there is a format best suited to your ideas.

Get Started

Consult the conference tags to stimulate your thinking and position your proposal within the conference theme. The tags will serve to create a conference map and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration.

Due Date

Poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and Virtual Conference webcast proposals are due Friday, October 14, 2016.

Check out the conference website for complete details. Questions should be directed to

ACRL Comments on NSF Strategic Plan

On September 26, 2016, ACRL provided feedback to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in preparation for updates to its Strategic Plan. As reflected in previous ACRL support for governmental policies and legislation that facilitate open access and open education, including the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) mandate (mentioned in the NSF strategic plan) and the Fair Access to Science & Technology Research Act and Federal Research Public Access Act bills, ACRL is fundamentally committed to the open exchange of information to empower individuals and facilitate scientific discovery. In the comments to NSF, ACRL offered six recommendations to allow for research data and articles to be freely shared:

  1. Accelerate scientific discovery by encouraging the use of the shortest possible – or no – embargo period for access to NSF-funded publications;
  2. Improve the discoverability, utility and value of NSF-funded articles by depositing them in the PubMed Central repository, which currently houses more than four million articles from the NIH and six other Federal agencies in a standardized, machine-readable XML format;
  3. “Public access” is not “open access” – ensure that NSF articles meet OSTP requirements for enabling productive reuses – including computational analysis, and text and data mining – by requiring the use of a standard open license;
  4. The OSTP memorandum of February, 2013 speaks equally to public access to scientific publications and to scientific data in digital formats. NSF should improve the Agency’s accountability and transparency by requiring that data underlying NSF articles needed to validate/reproduce the articles’ conclusions be made publicly available upon publication;
  5. Incentivize NSF researchers to freely and quickly share articles and their underlying data through funding reviews and promotion processes; and
  6. Further improve NSF’s accountability and transparency by establishing a publicly accessible mechanism to track policy compliance results, including reporting on the number of articles produced from NSF-funded research, and how many are publicly accessible.

Read more in ACRL’s full feedback to NSF.

Member of the Week: Nicole A. Cooke

Nicole A. CookeNicole A. Cooke is Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL. Nicole has been an ACRL member since 2000 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 26, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Advocate, curious, innovative.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently on a podcast kick—right now I’m working my way through Black Girl Nerds, Serial, Undisclosed, and two series by comedian W. Kamau Bell.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Foundational, necessary, community.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL was my primary source of professional development and community during my 13 years in the field. And even now, as a LIS faculty member, the ACRL conference remains one of my favorite events because of its focus, dedication, and relevance to the field. When I teach my graduate classes, I routinely promote ACRL and talk about my positive experiences in the Immersion program (program and intentional teaching tracks) and refer students to ACRL documents and resources. ACRL is an invaluable resource for academic librarians and it’s an organization that grows with them as they progress throughout their careers.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I’m in a fortunate position to be a faculty member (and still an academic librarian!) who gets to work with students, and who gets to promote librarians and the university library to my colleagues in other disciplines and departments.

Because I interact with faculty in many settings outside of the actual library, I’m able to network and promote on another level, and I’m able to closely connect with them about their research and teaching in new and different ways.

Recently, I’ve helped colleagues with copyright questions, and inquiries about microaggressions and accessible services for students. I was able to field the questions and then redirect them to our library’s subject experts for additional resources and information.

6. In your own words: Academic/ research librarianship has been my first and only career, one that has enabled me to teach (full-time and part-time), do research, publish articles and books, advance my education, meet wonderful people, travel around the world, and improve and empower my communities through the provision of information. Where else could I have done that?

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.

2017 ACRL Board of Directors Candidates

ACRL is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the association’s Board of Directors for the 2017 ALA/ACRL elections.


  • José Aguiñaga,  Glendale Community College
  • Lauren Pressley, University of Washington-Tacoma


  • Erin T. Smith, Westminster College
  • Kelly Jacobsma, Hope College


  • Annemarie Roscello, Bergen Community College
  • Jeanne Davidson, South Dakota State University

A full list of candidates for ACRL and section offices will be available in the January 2017 issue of C&RL News.

Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook Two-Volume Set Now Available

Critical Pedagogy coverACRL announces the publication of the two-volume Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook. Edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy, these books provide a collection of ideas, best practices, and lesson plans that contribute to the richness of what it means to do this type of work in libraries.

Critical pedagogy incorporates inclusive and reflective teaching for aims of social justice. It provides mechanisms for students to evaluate their social, political, and economic standing, and to question societal norms and how these norms perpetuate societal injustices. Teaching librarians have long incorporated social justice into their work, but focused interest in critical library pedagogy has grown rapidly in recent years. In two volumes, the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook works to make critical pedagogy more accessible for library educators, examining both theory and practice to help the busy practitioner explore various aspects of teaching for social justice.

Volume One, Essays and Workbook Activities, provides short essays reflecting on personal practice, describing projects, and exploring major ideas to provide inspiration for the exploration of critical pedagogy. The bibliography of each chapter provides a network of other sources to examine, and the volume closes with a selection of workbook activities to improve practice and understanding of critical pedagogy.

Volume Two, Lesson Plans, provides plans covering everything from small activities to multi-session projects. Critical pedagogy requires collaborating with learners and adapting to their needs, as well as continual reflection, but these lessons provide elements that can be tweaked to fit many kinds of environments. These chapters also provide 30 different views on creating and delivering critically designed information literacy instruction and reflect material commonly requested by faculty—including introductions to databases, evaluating information sources, and the research cycle.

The Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook set will help build personal teaching skills and identity, cultivate local community, and document the journey of critical practitioners.

Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook is available for purchase in print and as ebooks for Volume One and Volume Two through the ALA Online Store, in print from, and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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