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ACRL Releases New Roles for the Road Ahead

Media KitAs part of its 75th anniversary celebration, ACRL announces the release of “New Roles for the Road Ahead: Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary” authored by well-known bloggers and thought leaders Steven J. Bell, associate university librarian at Temple University, Lorcan Dempsey, vice-president of OCLC research and chief strategist, and Barbara Fister, academic librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College. The collection also includes an introduction by Nancy H. Allen, dean and director at the University of Denver; and an afterward by Lizabeth Wilson, vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of university libraries at the University of Washington in Seattle.

In a series of twenty essays in three sections, “Framing the Road Ahead,” “Shifts in Positioning,” and “Responding to Opportunity: Creating a New Library Landscape,” Bell, Dempsey, and Fister share their thoughts on the world in which academic libraries will thrive, ways libraries are responding to change, and new roles for libraries and librarians. The essays include reflections on ways academic libraries can succeed in a changing higher education environment, take advantage of opportunities, and think about the best ways to deliver both ongoing and innovative services to students and faculty.

ACRL members provided commentary on the draft of the report, much of which was incorporated into the final work. Bell states that “just like this publication, which is something that was made better by a group of people coming together to achieve much more than we could have as individuals, ACRL depends on academic librarians working together to make sure the generations that follow us will be doing great things for higher education many years from now.”

The authors will discuss “New Roles for the Road Ahead” at their ACRL 75th Anniversary Invited Panel to be held at the ACRL 2015 conference from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., on March 26, in the Oregon Convention Center Portland Ballroom 251/258.

“New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary” is freely available on the ACRL website.

ACRL Plan for Excellence Updates

After conversations with the three goal-area committee chairs and vice-chairs at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ACRL Board of Directors approved some editorial revisions to each of the three goal areas for the ACRL Plan for Excellence. The full Plan for Excellence can be found on the ACRL website, and the approved revisions are as follows:

  • For the Value of Academic Libraries goal area, the Board approved the revision of objective three as follows, “to improve outreach to higher education organizations in order to articulate the value of libraries in higher education.”
  • For the Student Learning goal area, the Board approved the removal of objective four, “build capacity for the librarians’ role in supporting faculty and future faculty as they work to develop information literate students.”
  • For the Research and Scholarly Environment goal area, the Board approved the removal of objective four, “create and promote new mechanisms that reward and value open scholarship.”

Complete Board actions from Midwinter can be found in the March issue of C&RL News.

ACRL 2015 Awards Record-Breaking 179 Scholarships

acrl2015ACRL has awarded a record-breaking 179 scholarships for the ACRL 2015 conference. Scholarships were awarded in six categories, including early- and mid-career librarians, support staff and Spectrum Scholar travel grants, amounting to a total of $112,995. Funding for 75 of these scholarships (more than $56,000 in value) was raised through the ACRL 75th Anniversary Kick Start the Future Scholarship Campaign.

“I am thrilled with number of the scholarships given for the conference and for the breadth of recipients,” noted ACRL 2015 Conference Chair Lori Goetsch of Kansas State University. “Scholarship numbers in the early-career group greatly exceeded previous conference, and I am very pleased that we were able to add the mid-career category for Portland.  The ACRL 75th anniversary campaign for scholarships played a significant role in increasing the number of scholarships given, so thanks to all who contributed to that effort.”

The association expresses its sincere appreciation to the individuals and groups who participated in the 75th anniversary campaign. Their support enables ACRL to build the skills and capacities of the next generation to serve the academic and research library profession and create a sustainable community. A full list of scholarship recipients is available on the ACRL 2015 website.

ACRL Division and Section Committee Volunteer Deadline Feb. 15

Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession. 

If you’d like to become more engaged, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Ann Campion Riley invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2015-2016 division or section committee.

The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!

If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 15, 2015. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

ASA Liaison Application Deadline Extended

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1, 2015- June 30, 2018) as the ACRL liaison to the American Sociological Association (ASA). Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between ASA and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and ANSS. Details and deadlines will be posted below. For more information contact Katie Elson Anderson (katie.anderson@camden.rutgers.edu) or Jenny Bowers (jennifer.bowers@du.edu).

Details and submission guidelines are available in the ACRL ANSS Liaison Recruitment Form for ASA 2015-2018 (PDF). More information is also available on the ANSS website. The deadline for applications has been extended to January 20, 2015.

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