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ACRL Diversity Alliance Launches

diversity alliance-logoACRL is pleased to announce the launch of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., the ACRL Diversity Alliance program unites academic libraries who share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

By thinking bigger and broader, across all academic libraries, the alliance will introduce and welcome to the job market underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with work experiences that advance academic/research libraries. The commitment of each library leader to create one or more resident positions will increase the numbers of opportunities for professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies to thrive in an academic context.

“Diversity is a core organizational value in ACRL’s Plan for Excellence,” said ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. “This initiative aligns with the new goal area of New Roles and Changing Landscapes and the goal area of Value of Academic Libraries objective to support libraries in advancing issues of equity, access, diversity, and inclusion. With the launch of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, we put further work into action to advance our goals.”

Participation in the ACRL Diversity Alliance requires a deep commitment on the part of library leaders to open doors, share their networks, and connect people at conferences, to facilitate deeper understanding of the profession and prepare them for participating in wider higher education community and for success in scholarship and professional service and leadership. In addition to the network of library leaders, residents will have access to a cohort/network that allows for sharing of ideas, resources, and best practices.

“This Alliance creates a national effort to measurably impact the diversity of all academic and college library organizations,” added Jon Cawthorne, chair of the ACRL Diversity Alliance Task Force and dean of libraries at West Virginia University. “I am grateful to the ACRL Board, my colleagues, and library leaders across the country for their commitment, involvement, and support for the Alliance. Now the work begins!”

The ACRL Diversity Alliance grew out of an initiative led by founding members American University, the University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University.

Complete details on the ACRL Diversity Alliance, including information on how libraries may join the alliance, are available on the ACRL website.

Changes to IPEDS Survey Definitions for 2016–2017 Webinar

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) has adopted revised definitions for the FY 2016–2017 Academic Libraries Component as as result of public review comments and recommendations made by a joint ACRL / Association of Research Libraries (ARL) task force in 2016. The task force is offering a free webinar to discuss these changes on Thursday, July 28, 2016, 1:00–2:30 p.m. eastern daylight time.

The changes to the survey definitions address a number of concerns, an important one being the need to measure and describe usage of electronic resources in rigorous, robust, and standardized ways that are easy to implement while providing valid and reliable indicators of usage.

Webinar presenters will include task force members Chris Cody, Robert Dugan, Martha Kyrillidou, and Mary Jane Petrowski along with Kristin Martin and Oliver Pesch, experts in developing standardized ways of capturing usage statistics.

The webinar will include a Q&A session about emerging issues that the IPEDS Academic Libraries Component will need to consider in future years, such as shared library collections and possible connections with the IPEDS Human Resources Component that currently captures higher education staffing data.

Webinar Details & Registration

Title: Webinar on IPEDS Academic Library Definition Changes for 2016–2017
Date:
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Time:
1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT
Fee:
None
Registration:
Register online by Thursday, July 21, 2016

Seeking New ACRL Colleague

ACRL is inviting applications for a new staff position as part of our team in Chicago. We seek an organizational development specialist to lead and grow services that support academic librarians in thinking strategically so their libraries adapt and grow as the higher education environment changes.

Next year one of our highest priorities is shaping the direction of ACRL’s new strategic goal around new roles and changing landscapes in higher education. In this position, you’ll partner with volunteer member leaders to develop strategies for helping the academic and research library workforce effectively navigate change. You’ll be part of a core team helping to develop a clear idea of what programs and services will have the most impact given our capacity and quickly moving to operationalize those programs.

In addition, you’ll take the lead in expanding and promoting ACRL’s consulting services (currently serving approximately 10 clients per year), recruiting adjunct consultants, crafting proposals for prospective clients, providing external reviews, facilitating staff retreats to help librarians think strategically, and designing and delivering leadership training. We’re looking for an entrepreneurial professional with experience to sustain the growth of our consulting services. This position will be based in Chicago, with an estimated 25% travel and responsibility for generating a modest net revenue from consulting services. In return, you’ll learn a good deal about the challenges and opportunities in academic libraries and the higher education sector; personal and programmatic growth is greatly supported here!

While this position has autonomy, it also is part of a high performing team with lots of ideas and energy. We work on a daily basis, in partnership with ACRL members, to make good things happen for academic libraries and librarians.

We welcome applications from higher education professionals who do not hold an MLIS degree, but have earned graduate degrees in organizational development or other related fields. Strong candidates with any academic background are encouraged to apply.

If you want to work as part of a creative team in a dynamic environment that will both challenge and support you; and if you want to really make a difference for the profession of academic librarianship, you should apply for this job!

ACRL Board of Directors Statement on Orlando Tragedy

As many of us prepare to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, we cannot share often enough our sympathy and heartfelt concern for those directly and indirectly affected by the murders and injuries at the Pulse nightclub last weekend. Many of those slain and hurt were part of the higher education community as students or relatives of students. The ACRL Presidents wish to extend our appreciation to the membership for its many expressions of support and the work you all have done, and will continue to engage in, to contribute to the Orlando community not only in the coming conference week but in the weeks to come. Whether through the statements of ALA President Sari Feldman; the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; the work of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT); or ALA headquarters flying the rainbow flag in solidarity and support, we want you to know we are proud to be a profession that embraces diversity and inclusion through our words and deeds.

ACRL Collaborates with Springshare to Provide LibGuides Access to Member Units

ACRL is pleased to announce that Springshare is providing complimentary access to LibGuides and LibAnswers to ACRL membership units. Both tools will be used to create unit-related resources to advance the work of ACRL, and will be available for use by division-level committees, sections, interest groups, discussion groups, and task forces.

“ACRL is grateful to Springshare for making this resource available to our members to facilitate their work for the association,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “We are very appreciative of Springshare’s generosity and ACRL members are already using the tools to further their unit’s work.”

Used by thousands of libraries worldwide, LibGuides is a content management system designed to curate knowledge and share information by creating online guides for a multitude of subjects and purposes. LibAnswers is an end-to-end online reference platform that addresses point-of-need service and knowledge bases. LibGuides and LibAnswers will allow ACRL units to collaborate more efficiently and effectively to complete association-related work.

Slaven Zivkovic, Founder and CEO of Springshare, added: “Many ACRL members already use our tools at their own institutions, so this is truly a win-win collaboration! Springshare gets to support the ACRL and all the wonderful work the organization does, and its members benefit from using already familiar tools to improve ACRL workflows and outreach in the same beneficial ways they use Springshare tools within their own institutions.”

Since 2007 Springshare has been helping libraries succeed by offering a suite of SaaS products created for and by librarians. Over 5,700 academic, public, school, and special libraries in 79 countries use Springshare tools. For more information please visit http://springshare.com and follow Springshare on Twitter at @springshare and Facebook at facebook.com/springshare.

For more information on the project, please contact Megan Griffin, ACRL Program Officer, at mgriffin@ala.org or 312-280-2514; or Allison Payne, ACRL Program Officer, at apayne@ala.org or 312-280-2519.

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