Author Archives: David Free

Keeping Up With… Debiasing and Fake News

The latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is now available. This month’s issue features a discussion of Debiasing and Fake News by Elizabeth Boden.

Keeping Up With… is available on the ACRL website and each issue will be send via email to ACRL members. Non-members can visit our email sign up page to receive Keeping Up With… and a variety of other ACRL awareness publications including the ACRL Update newsletter and table of contents alerts for C&RL, C&RL News, and RBM.

ACRL is currently accepting topic suggestions for future editions of Keeping Up With… . Visit the Keeping Up With…website for more information or contact David Free at dfree@ala.org with questions or to submit topics.

Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries

The ACRL Board of Directors has approved new Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries. In order to support increasing demands on archival repositories and special collections libraries to demonstrate the value they provide their constituencies, archivists and special collections librarians have become increasingly mindful of the need to gather, analyze, and share evidence concerning the impact of their services and the effectiveness of their operations. Until now, the absence of commonly accepted statistical measures has impeded the ability of repositories to conduct meaningful assessment initiatives and the articulation and evaluation of best practices. Authored by a joint ACRL/RBMS and Society of American Archivists (SAA) task force, Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries provides normative guidance in these practical areas.

Approved by the ACRL Board during its fall 2017 meeting, the document is currently pending approval through the SAA standards review process with the goal of joint adoption by both associations.

Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries is available on the ACRL website.

Community College Humanities Association Liaison Applications

The ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1, 2018- June 30, 2021) as the ACRL Liaison to the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA). Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between CCHA and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and CJCLS.

About the Community College Humanities Association

The Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), founded in 1979, is the only national organization of its kind for humanities faculty and administrators in two-year colleges. It is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the humanities in two-year colleges.

CCHA serves as a catalyst for defining the issues which face humanities faculty and administrators today, finding solutions to problems in the field, and establishing a communications network for humanists.

The Community College Humanities Association has five regional divisions each represented by Board Members.

The Association’s Purposes Are

  • To advance the cause of the humanities in community colleges through its own activities and in cooperation with other institutions and professional organizations involved in higher education
  • To provide a regular forum for the exchange of ideas on significant issues in the humanities in higher education
  • To encourage and support the professional work of faculty and administrators in the humanities
  • To sponsors conferences, seminars, and institutes to provide opportunities for faculty development: and
  • To promote the discussion of issues of concern to humanists and to disseminate information about the Association’s activities through its publications

For more information about the organization, please visit https://www.cchumanities.org/.

Submission Requirements

Nominees must submit:

  • A letter of application articulating qualifications to Peter Hepburn, CJCLS chair-elect, at peter.hepburn@canyons.edu.
  • A current vita.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.

Expectations

  • Attendance at the CCHA national conference, which takes place in autumn every other year, is optional.
  • Attendance at ALA Midwinter Meetings or Annual Conferences is optional but preferred in order for there to be participation in the ACRL liaisons assembly meetings.
  • Membership in the CCHA is optional.
  • Liaison must be willing to advocate for the importance of community college libraries in the teaching of humanities and the work of humanists.
  • Liaison should effectively share information about ACRL strategic initiatives and agendas to the CCHA.
  • Liaison will regularly report back to ACRL and CJCLS about upcoming CCHA events and initiatives.

Required Qualifications

  • Current member of CJCLS and ACRL.
  • Interest in coordinating activities to increase interaction between the CCHA, ACRL, and CJCLS.
  • Financial support to attend the CCHA national conference for the length of the three-year term if not funded by ACRL. (Note: Liaison may apply for up to $1500 in conference funding from the Liaison Grants Committee, but funding is not guaranteed).
  • Excellent communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Record of service within CJCLS and/or ACRL.
  • A degree or professional experience working in the humanities.

 

Keeping Up With… Higher Education

The latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is now available. This month’s issue features a discussion of Higher Education News by Steven J. Bell.

Keeping Up With… is available on the ACRL website and each issue will be send via email to ACRL members. Non-members can visit our email sign up page to receive Keeping Up With… and a variety of other ACRL awareness publications including the ACRL Update newsletter and table of contents alerts for C&RL, C&RL News, and RBM.

ACRL is currently accepting topic suggestions for future editions of Keeping Up With… . Visit the Keeping Up With…website for more information or contact David Free at dfree@ala.org with questions or to submit topics.

ACRL Sponsors Project Information Literacy Student News Consumption Study

ACRL is a co-sponsor of a forthcoming Project Information Literacy (PIL) research study investigating how young adults consume news and gather information. The research, conducted in partnership with faculty at Northeastern University and Wellesley College, focuses on two of the most pressing issues of what has been called our “post-truth” era: currency and authority.

“In today’s political and social climate, media literacy and news evaluation are more essential skills than ever for our students,” said ACRL President Cheryl A. Middleton of Oregon State University. “The ACRL Board of Directors is proud to continue the association’s strong, ongoing commitment to information literacy issues by helping fund this important research.”

Researchers are looking to break new ground as an empirical and quantitative study of many issues, such as “fake news” and misinformation, to help better ground public discourse and potential policy solutions. A set of recommendations will be made for addressing relevant problems, offering insights to three groups in particular working with young adults on the front lines: librarians, journalists, and educators.

Led by Principal Investigator Alison J. Head of PIL, the project is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation along with a grant from the ACRL. The Northeastern University Libraries and College of Arts, Media, and Design have also contributed support to the project. The study, set to be concluded in fall 2018, will be one of the largest of its kind, with surveys and interviews on college campuses and other educational settings across the country.​

Additional information is available on the PIL website.

October 26 Update:

PIL has an opening for a part-time “PIL Research Fellow” in 2018 to work on the news consumption study. The application deadline is November 16 and complete details are available on the PIL website.

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