Author Archives: David Free

Keeping Up With… Design Thinking

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 Design Thinking by Ryne Leuzinger, Gina Kessler Lee, and Irene Korber.

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.

RCL Seeks Subject Editors

Resources for College LibrariesRCL homepage (RCL), the bibliography of essential titles for academic libraries, is announcing editorial openings. RCL is a continuously-updated, peer-reviewed core collection that includes over 85,000 resources in 72 curriculum-specific subject areas. RCL is currently seeking subject specialists for the following disciplines:

  • Asian History, Languages, and Literatures
  • Biology
  • Criminal Justice and Law (two-year programs)
  • Graphic and Apparel Arts (two-year programs)
  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures
  • Technology and Engineering
  • Visual Arts

Subject editors oversee the ongoing development of the discipline, with responsibilities including:

  • Selecting new title additions, including select web resources.
  • Updating, reviewing, and weeding current selections.
  • Maintaining and refining the subject taxonomy.
  • Integrating advancements in disciplinary research, teaching, and scholarship.

Successful subject editors balance broad and deep subject expertise, familiarity with the undergraduate curriculum, and discerning judgment to oversee the core bibliography of current and canonical works for academic libraries. This role involves a time commitment of approximately 30 hours/year, with flexible deadlines and remote workflow. This is a professional research service opportunity; subject editors also receive an honorarium for annual service.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, along with a brief description of experience managing subject collections, to RCL Project Editor Anne Doherty at adoherty@ala-choice.org.

Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries Draft Revision Feedback

An ACRL task force seeks comments on a draft revision of the association’s 2012 Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries. Review the draft revision (PDF) on ACRL website and send feedback to Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries Task Force Chair Gisele Genevieve Tanasse at gtanasse@library.berkeley.edu by Friday, March 2, 2018.

The task force is additionally hosting a session at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting for in-person feedback, discussion, and commentary on the draft. The session will be held on Saturday, February 10, from 10:30 am to noon in the Sheraton Denver Downtown Governor’s Square 11 room.

2017 I Love My Librarian Award Winners

Congratulations to academic librarians Julie Bill, Mary Jo Fayoyin, and Natalia Fernández on being among the recipients of the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award. Selected from more than 1,100 nominations submitted by library users nationwide, the winning librarians were recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.

Julie BillJulie Bill, Director of Library Services, Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music, Los Angeles, California

Julie was recognized for creating her library’s website and app; working closely with her team of student staff, including creating an award to honor high achieving student library assistants; and making her library the “go to place” for all kinds of information on campus.

 

Mary Jo FayoyinMary Jo Fayoyin, Dean of Library & Media Services, Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia

Mary Jo was recognized for drawing on student feedback and data to transform library to serve the community’s evolving needs; setting and follows goals for library instruction, focusing on assisting both faculty and students with library skills; and encouraging student success through mentorships.

 

Natalia Fernández, Curator and Archivist of the Oregon Multicultural Archives and OSU Queer Archives, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Natalia was recognized for being co-director and lead archivist for the Oregon State Queer Archives, her creative outreach strategies (e.g. “Glitter in the Archives” event giving community members a chance to do crafts with archival materials), and for being a leader in social justice and activism on campus.

 

Each winning librarian received a $5,000 prize on November 30 at an award ceremony and reception hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which cosponsors the award with New York Public Library and The New York Times.

Congratulations to Julie, Mary Jo, Natalia, and all of the other 2017 award winners!

 

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.

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