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ACRL Framework Advisory Board Member News

Since July 2015, the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) has been actively working with the ACRL Visiting Program Officer (VPO) for Information Literacy to create a supportive and interactive environment for librarians to learn how to use the Framework. Original member leaders Tish Hayes, Susan Miller, and Donna Witek were joined by new member leaders kYmberly Keeton, Sara Miller, Raymond Pun, and Mark Szarko in October 2016 to further expand FAB’s range of expertise and perspectives.

Now three additional member leaders have been appointed to FAB by ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold to contribute to the priority projects for this spring, which include promotion and administration of the Framework Sandbox, continued collaboration with the Framework Curriculum Designer/Presenter team, and the introduction of the Framework Toolkit as a locally tailored professional development tool.

FAB is pleased to welcome the following new members for terms beginning immediately and running through June 2017:

  • Smita Avasthi – Public Services Librarian, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Candice Benjes-Small – Head of Information Literacy and Outreach, Radford University, Radford, VA
  • Joanna Gadsby – Instruction Coordinator, Reference Librarian, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

In other FAB news, Tish Hayes and kYmberly Keeton have agreed to serve as Interim Co-Chairs of FAB beginning in mid-March through the end of May 2017, when FAB’s Chair Donna Witek will be out on leave.

And at the end of January 2017, Sharon Mader completed her term as ACRL VPO for Information Literacy. FAB extends their heartfelt thanks to Sharon for her leadership and mentorship over the last two years in her support of the Framework.

ACRL Presidential Candidates’ Online Forum

The 2017 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect will participate in an open online forum at 3 p.m. CDT on Monday, March 6. Come hear José Aguiñaga and Lauren Pressley discuss their platforms and vision for ACRL. Aguiñaga is library faculty/archives coordinator at Glendale Community College (Arizona), and Pressley is associate dean/library director at the University of Washington Tacoma Libraries. This online forum is an opportunity for ACRL members to ask questions of the two candidates. Details for accessing the webcast will be available on ACRL Insider by early March. Audio archives of the candidates answering prepared questions will also be available on ACRL Insider a few days after the forum.

Volunteer for ACRL Division, Section, or Representative Appointment by 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 Cheryl Middleton invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2017-2018 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, 2017. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

ACRL Board of Directors Affirms Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Access

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is unwavering in its long-standing commitment to promoting the free exchange of different viewpoints and ensuring privacy and confidentiality in academic libraries. We will continue to advocate for and demand diversity, inclusion, equity, and access in our college and university libraries.

During the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, the ACRL Board of Directors discussed the transition of power in Washington, D.C. and the responsive protests in support of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, happening in our nation and around the world.

The Board sees this as an opportunity to reaffirm ACRL’s core values – visionary leadership; transformation, new ideas, and global perspectives; exemplary service to members; diversity, integrity, and transparency; continuous learning; responsible stewardship of resources; the values of higher education; intellectual freedom; the ALA Code of Ethics; and the Library Bill of Rights. These values are essential to academic advancement across the institutions we serve in the United States and abroad.

At a time when many colleges and universities are working to highlight the importance of protecting inclusive learning environments, academic libraries have a critical role to play in creating spaces in which diverse and divergent viewpoints can be shared and exchanged. Our professional expertise is anchored in our ability to identify and make credible resources available to our diverse communities. As instructors, we teach students to critically evaluate information and to seek differing perspectives. As professionals, we readily foster intellectual freedom and promote net neutrality and open access.

The recent disappearance of pages from the White House website and attempts to silence scientists and the media are of serious concern to our Association. We hope that all members of ACRL will join us in reaffirming our commitment to support students, faculty, staff, and the public we serve. We are committed to representing many backgrounds and advocating for social justice on campus and in our communities. We oppose actions used to suppress free expression, academic freedom, and intellectual freedom in academe and condemn the use of intimidation, harassment, bans on entry to the United States from Muslim-majority countries, and violence as means with which to squelch free intellectual inquiry and expression. Together our distinct identities and beliefs reflect the richness of our global society.

ACRL and Choice Launch New App

ACRL-Choice appACRL and its Choice publishing unit have announced the launch of a new mobile app. The ACRL-Choice app delivers to academic and research librarians the latest collection and professional development content, along with ACRL and Choice news and information, in one accessible, mobile-friendly format.

“Mobile access to information is more important than ever in today’s fast paced, on-the-go world” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “We are delighted to bring ACRL and Choice content into the app space to better reach and serve our members along with the academic and research library community.”

Freely available and continuously updated, the new ACRL-Choice app offers the following features:

  • The latest ACRL and Choice news and information, including content from the ACRLog and ACRL Insider blogs, along with Choice’s Ask an Archivist and community college editorial features.
  • Collection-development topics and titles of interest pulled from Choice’s Hot Topics, Editors’ Picks, LibGuides, and the ACI Scholarly Blog Index.
  • A variety of professional-development offerings, including archives of ACRL-Choice webinars and information on ACRL e-Learning programs.

“We are excited to have Choice and ACRL teams working together on this new tool,” added Choice Editor and Publisher Mark Cummings. “The ACRL-Choice app provides academic librarians with the information they need in a convenient mobile format to make their professional lives easier.”

Accessible on Apple and Android tablets and phones, the ACRL-Choice app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

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