Author Archives: Margot Conahan

Free Dialogue/Deliberation Workshop for Academic Libraries at ALA Midwinter

Midwinter 2018 logoJoin ALA, ACRL, the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), and the National Issues Forums Institute for a free workshop about dialogue and deliberation approaches for academic libraries at ALA’s 2018 Midwinter Meeting.

“Libraries Transforming Communities: National Issues Forums Workshop for Academic Libraries” will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

The one-day workshop will explore the National Issues Forums approach to dialogue and deliberation. Participation in the workshop is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Participants will also be asked to view three 90-minute webinars and claim digital badges in preparation for the workshop.

This workshop is part of Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change, an ALA initiative that seeks to introduce libraries to various dialogue and deliberation approaches, enabling libraries to foster conversation and lead change in their communities. The initiative is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Questions should be directed to Sarah Ostman at sostman@ala.org.

ACRL Immersion Program – All New for 2018

The ACRL Immersion Program is all new for 2018! The 4.5-day program will take place at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota from July 29 to August 3, 2018. The new, more central location will provide easy travel access, while still providing the small campus feel with nearby urban amenities.

The 2018 ACRL Immersion Program will launch a major curriculum revision. The Immersion Faculty are responding to feedback from teaching librarians, including past Immersion Program participants, in order to design a learning experience that meets current challenges, is responsive and flexible, enables participant-driven learning goals and experiences, and provides opportunities to develop a critical reflective practice. The program is not just for instruction or information literacy librarians or instruction coordinators. It is designed for anyone engaged in the educational role of libraries in higher education, including librarians from all library areas that engage in teaching and learning practices such as offering workshops, designing library assignments, creating exhibits,  etc.

Applicants may register for the program on a first come, first served basis in early 2018.

Some scholarships will be available; scholarship details will also be available in early 2018. Watch the Immersion Program webpage for details!

ACRL 2019 Conference Proposals

ACRL 2019 logoACRL invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2019 conference to be held April 10-13, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. Contributed paper, panel session, preconference and workshop proposals are due May 4, 2018. Poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect and virtual conference webcast proposals are due October 12, 2018. Submit proposals via the online form available on the conference website.

Today’s academic and research libraries are vibrant and fast moving, responding quickly to changes in the higher education landscape. Librarians must continually reinvent themselves to stay on the cutting edge. The ACRL 2019 conference theme, “Recasting the Narrative,” will examine what it means to be a librarian in the 21st century, adapting and leading the transition to new roles. ACRL invites submissions on all aspects of academic librarianship for presentation at ACRL 2019.

ACRL 2019 offers a variety of options for participation and features eight session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles. Conference tags will position proposals within the conference theme and will guide attendees to themes of interest during the conference.

Complete details about ACRL 2019, including the full Call for Participation, are now available online. ACRL 2019 will feature more than 500 conference programs carefully selected and presented by leaders in the profession, a variety of formal and networking opportunities, exhibits from more than 200 companies, and more. Registration opens in May 2018.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan by email at mconahan@ala.org or phone (312) 280-2522; or Tory Ondrla, email tondrla@ala.org or phone (312) 280-2515.

November e-Learning from ACRL

ACRL is offering a variety of webcasts this month to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. These interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

Zotero: Using and Supporting the Bibliographic Power Tool (November 9, 2017): Zotero is a reference manager application for saving and organizing citations and creating bibliographies. It’s free, powerful, easy to use, and suited for researchers from first-year novices to veteran faculty. Learn how it works and how to teach and support it in your library.

Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Academic Librarians in Higher Education (November 15, 2017): Why does a person choose to lead in an environment where she or he is traditionally labeled “the minority”? Examine retention and promotion issues of underrepresented minority academic librarians, and the motivation to lead of those who choose to stay in the profession.

Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework (November 30, 2017): Explore strategies and techniques for teaching people the literacy skills needed to combat fake news. Examine factors, both historic and new, that contribute to the proliferation of fake news and explore connections between information and news literacy skills.

 

ACRL Presents Webcast – What We Talk About When We Talk About Open Access (10/25)

OA week logoJoin ACRL for a free ACRL Presents webcast to kick-off Open Access Week.  The webcast, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Open Access” will be held Wednesday, October 25, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Central time (10:00 -11:00 a.m. Pacific | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Central | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern).

Open Access Week is an international event that celebrates the open movement. We work with colleagues to plan creative programs that spread awareness of open access. But what do we talk about when we talk about open access? How can we tailor our messages to communicate with a variety of audiences succinctly and persuasively? Join colleagues to reflect on our messages and see how peers have taught about openness.

Outcomes:

  • Define open access in your own words in order to explain it effectively to audiences.
  • Understand rationales for and against open access in order to communicate the value of openness to stakeholders.
  • Become aware of examples of open access lessons and activities that can be adapted for your presentations and classes.

Speaker: Maryam Fakouri is a Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian at the University of Washington Seattle. She monitors developments in information law and policy that affect higher education, and she offers guidance about various copyright issues. She has designed educational programs about copyright, fair use, open access, and related topics. Prior to specializing in scholarly communication, Maryam was a reference and teaching librarian. Maryam co-designed the curriculum for the ACRL traveling workshop “Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy” which she continues to present for ACRL upon request. Maryam has a Master of Library Science from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. Read more about Maryam in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Free registration is now available.  The webcast will be recorded and the archive will be shared after the live event.  Contact mconahan@ala.org with questions.

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