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ACRL Program Proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

For the first time, program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.

There will be a virtual meeting at 11:00 a.m. CST on June 1, 2017, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2018 ALA Annual Conference program. The purpose of this meeting is to provide potential conference program planners with an understanding of the Annual Conference program planning process, including budgets, timelines and planning tips.

RSVP online to attend the June 1 virtual meeting. Once login instructions are available, attendees will be notified. Login instructions will also be posted on the main ACRL page in ALA Connect.

2018 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due August 25, 2017. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2018 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2017.

More details about the Annual Conference program process are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Program Officer Megan Griffin at mgriffin@ala.org or ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org with questions concerning the program proposal process.

2017 ACRL / PLA Joint Presidents’ Program at ALA Annual Conference

Bernard (Bernie) BanksJoin ACRL and PLA for a joint Presidents’ Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!  Hosted by ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold and PLA President Felton Thomas Jr., this program will take place from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand Ballroom A/B.

Featuring leadership expert Bernard (Bernie) Banks, Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, this program will offer key leadership development for all levels of academic, research, and public librarians who are faced with complex problems. Banks will discuss how organizational challenges can be understood from a variety of perspectives, giving attendees a more complex approach to developing effective, robust solutions. This event is a “can’t-miss” for those interested in increasing their leadership responsibilities, as well as those looking to expand their ability to understand and assess multi-faceted challenges.

The 2017 ACRL/PLA Joint Presidents’ Program is open to all conference attendees.

 

2018 ACRL President’s Program Planning Committee Invites Your Participation

At the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, the ACRL President’s Program will explore the idea of resilience in (hopefully) all of its complexity. As a first step in our planning process, we want to hear your stories about resilience and how you have experienced it in your workplace. We are not looking for a specific type of story or any particular focus. Please share as much or as little as you like through our form.

We would love to hear your stories as soon as possible! Our preferred date to receive them is by Monday, June 19, 2017, but the form will remain open for some time after the 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

The planning committee will use the stories we gather to identify the scope and themes for the program. We will also share them with the speakers to help them as they prepare. To protect your anonymity, we will redact names and institutions from the stories before sharing them with speakers; and we will not share these stories in any form publicly.

Thank you again for sharing your time and experiences.  If you have questions, additional comments to share, or ideas for good speakers, please contact Jeanne Davidson at jeanne.davidson@sdstate.edu.

2017 ACRL Election Results

Lauren PressleyLauren Pressley, director of the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma Library and associate dean of UW Libraries, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, and assume the presidency in July 2018 for a one-year term.

Kelly Jacobsma, Genevra Thome Begg dean of libraries at Hope College, and Jeanne R. Davidson, head of public services at South Dakota State University, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

Full 2017 election results will be available this afternoon on the ACRL website.

Congratulations to those elected and many thanks to the dedicated members willing to stand for office.

April 12 Update: Full division election results (PDF) are now available on the ACRL website.

ACRL Candidates on Ballots for IFLA Sections, 2017-2021

ACRL has nominated a number of members to serve on IFLA Section Committees for the term 2017-2021.

The Academic and Research Libraries Section and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section have gone to ballot this year. If your institution is a member of either of these IFLA sections, please consider voting for the ACRL candidates.

  • Academic and Research Libraries Section- Raymond Pun
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts Section – Danielle Culpepper

The deadline to vote in the IFLA election is Friday, April 28.

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