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2018 ACRL Scholarly Communication RoadShow Hosts Announced

Scholarly Communication workshopThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has selected five sites to host the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” at a subsidized rate in 2018. Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is underwriting the bulk of the costs of delivering this proven content by sending expert presenters on the road. The institutions selected to host the 2018 road shows are:

  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • New York University, Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)

Academic and research librarians increasingly recognize scholarly communication as a core competency of the profession. The workshop’s goal is to empower participants to help accelerate the transformation of the scholarly communication system. Led by two expert presenters, this structured interactive overview of the scholarly communication system has been updated with a series of targeted modules that reflect the most exciting and pressing issues in the field today. The workshop focuses on the fundamentals of scholarly communication including open access, copyright, and library engagement, and provides an opportunity to explore deep dives into selected topics of greatest interest to each host community.

Host sites are partnering with other institutions and organizations in their area to extend the reach to as diverse an audience as possible. Library staff, including liaison librarians, catalogers, access services and senior management from two-year, liberal arts, master’s, comprehensive and doctoral institutions will attend the workshops. In addition to the competitive subsidized version, the Scholarly Communication workshop is part of ACRL’s slate of day-long RoadShows that can be brought year-round at full cost to your campus, chapter, or consortia. Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org with questions or to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details.

Application Deadline Extended: ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

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2016-2017 ACRL President Irene M. H. Herold presents the 2017 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award to Miami Dade College, winner in the Community College category.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2018 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award has been extended to Friday, January 26, 2018. ACRL invites outstanding academic libraries to apply in one of three categories:

  • College
  • Community College
  • University

Sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, this award recognizes the accomplishments of academic librarians and other staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution. A winning library in each category will receive a $3,000 award, along with a plaque. The award will be presented by an ACRL officer and a representative from GOBI Library Solutions at a ceremony held on each winning institution’s campus.

The award committee will review all applications during the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, and applicants will be notified of their decision shortly afterward.

Applications should be submitted to Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org. For more information, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.

2018 ACRL Scholarly Communication RoadShow Applications

Scholarly Communication workshopAcademic and research librarians increasingly recognize scholarly communication as a core competency of the profession. Whether helping researchers meet their funder’s mandates for public access and data sharing, guiding responsible copyright practice, or supporting new types of scholarship and instruction, librarians are leading change across campus and around the world. ACRL empowers our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system with its popular workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.” To emphasize scholarly communication’s critical importance to the profession, ACRL is once again underwriting the cost to bring this workshop to five locations in 2018.

With newly updated content, this day-long workshop, led by two expert presenters, offers a series of targeted modules that reflect the most exciting and pressing issues in the field today. Participants will engage in a structured interactive program that focuses on themes of access, emerging opportunities, intellectual property, and engagement. Selected hosts will be asked to choose topics that are of greatest interest to their communities so that the expert presenters can offer a deep dive into the following specific areas:

  • Copyright in Making and Sharing Scholarship
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Library-Based Publishing
  • Measuring Research Impact
  • Meeting Funder Mandates
  • Open Education
  • Outreach and Programming
  • Research Data Management

This program is offered using a cost-sharing model where ACRL covers the bulk of the expense for delivering the workshop, leaving a cost of only $2,000 for successful host institutions. The application to host is now available. Apply by Friday, November 17, 2017, at 5pm Central. See the workshop webpage for full details and FAQs about applying to host the subsidized version of the workshop.

In addition to the competitive subsidized version, the Scholarly Communication workshop is part of ACRL’s slate of day-long RoadShows that can be brought year-round at full cost to your campus, chapter, or consortia. Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org with questions or to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details.

ACRL Seeks Nominations for 2018 Awards

Loretta Parham award ceremony

Every year, ACRL celebrates the opportunity to honor the outstanding achievements of academic and research librarians across North America. Made possible by generous corporate support, the annual presentation of ACRL’s awards, grants, and fellowships enables ACRL to honor the very best in academic librarianship. This year, ACRL once again seeks to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of its peers.

Members are an integral part of ACRL’s successful awards program. ACRL urges members to nominate colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and growth as an academic librarian, and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession. Member nominations will ensure that the pool of candidates for each award remains both competitive and distinguished. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by December 1, 2017.

Outstanding achievement and distinguished service awards:

  • Excellence in Academic Libraries Award (sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO), recognizes academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational missions of their institutions. A $3,000 award is given for each type of library (e.g. college, community college, and university).
  • Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award (sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO), awards $5,000 and recognizes an outstanding member of the academic or research library profession.
  • Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award (sponsored by ACRL, ALCTS, LLAMA and LITA), provides a cash award and recognizes outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) in the areas of library automation, management, development and research.
  • Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award (sponsored by SAGE-CQ Press), provides a $1,000 award and recognizes a librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.
  • Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award (sponsored by the ACRL Instruction Section), provides a $1,000 award and recognizes an individual librarian for significant contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.
  • Instruction Section Innovation Award (sponsored by EBSCO Information Services), provides a $3,000 award and honors librarians who have implemented innovative approaches to information literacy at their respective institutions or in their communities.
  • College Libraries Section Innovation in College Librarianship Award (sponsored by the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium), provides a $1,000 award and honors librarians who demonstrate a capacity for innovation in working with or serving undergraduates or instructors in the areas of programs, services, and operations; or creating innovations for library colleagues that facilitate their ability to better serve the library’s community.
  • Community College Learning Resources Program / Leadership Awards (sponsored by EBSCO Information Services), recognizes outstanding achievement in library programs and leadership. The awards will be presented to two recipients, who will each receive $750.
  • Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award (sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group), provides a $1,200 conference sponsorship award to honor any individual ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to the success of, distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.
  • Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award, honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made an outstanding contribution as an education and/or behavioral sciences librarian through accomplishments and service to the profession.
  • Women & Gender Studies Section Award for Career Achievement, recognizes an individual librarian for career achievement in the area of women and gender studies librarianship.
  • Women & Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement, honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made outstanding contributions to women and gender studies through accomplishments and service to the profession.
  • University Libraries Section Outstanding Professional Development Award, (sponsored by Library Juice Academy): $1,000 award to recognize librarians, archivists or curators whose contributions to providing professional development opportunities for librarians have been especially noteworthy or influential.

Publication awards:

Research award:

  • WESS-SEES De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant, (sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research): provides a €2,500 grant to support research in European studies with an emphasis on librarianship, the book trade, resource documentation and similar information-science related topics.

More information, including submission procedures, past winners, criteria and contact information, is available in the awards section of the ACRL website or by contacting ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org.

ACRL Announces New Presenters for “Engaging with the ACRL Framework” Workshop

Engaging with the ACRL Framework workshop presenters

Clockwise from top left: Jenny Dale, Kate Ganski, Kim Pittman, and Samantha Godbey.

The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Jenny Dale, Kate Ganski, Samantha Godbey, and Kim Pittman as the newest presenters for the one-day workshop, Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices. Jenny, Kate, Samantha, and Kim join the current presenter team as partners in shaping the curriculum and presenting the workshop.

Jenny Dale is the Information Literacy Coordinator at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Kate Ganski is the Interim Assistant Director of Libraries for User Services at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Samantha Godbey is the Education Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Kim Pittman is the Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

“We are very excited to have Jenny, Kate, Samantha, and Kim join the presenter team for the Framework workshop,” said ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee Chair Elizabeth Berman of Tufts University. “Not only does this group bring an abundance of expertise on teaching the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education at a time when academic librarians need it most, but their fresh voices and enthusiasm for their new roles will ensure these workshops support librarians in enriching their teaching practices for a long time to come.”

The Engaging with the ACRL Framework workshop is currently offered as a “roadshow” as part of ACRL’s slate of day-long licensed workshops that can be brought to your campus, chapter, or consortia at any time year-round. Contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org with questions or to discuss dates, pricing, and details about bringing a workshop to your institution.

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