Category Archives: About ACRL

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.

Sign Up Now for an ACRL Buddy at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

AC16_LOGO_RGB150x150Are you planning to attend your first ALA Annual Conference? First-time attendees are invited to sign up for a conference buddy who can guide you through selecting conference sessions, navigating conference venues, and answer any other questions you might have. This is a great way to learn about ACRL and expand your professional network!

The amount of time involved is up to you and your buddy. You may want to meet up at the ACRL 101 program from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25  in the Orange County Convention Center (a great start for newbies, and refresher for veterans) or at the Exhibits Opening Reception on Friday, June 24, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. You can meet at the ACRL Membership Booth (#1143) and get your membership ribbons, register for free crab cakes, and more.

Interested? Sign up now. The deadline is Monday, June 15.

Volunteer for Newly Formed ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee by June 3

The ACRL Board of Directors approved, through virtual vote during May 3–11, 2016, the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee to support the newly added fourth goal to the ACRL Plan for Excellence. ACRL Vice-President Irene M.H. Herold invites you to volunteer to serve on this newly created committee. Please see the following charge:

Charge: To oversee and implement ACRL’s New Roles and Changing Landscapes goal, as described in the strategic plan; work with the ACRL Board and other ACRL units in creating a comprehensive effort including coalition building, professional development, publications, research, advocacy, diversity, and consultation services and in developing the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Initiative; and monitor and assess the effectiveness of this initiative.

The New Roles and Changing Landscapes goal and objectives are below:

Goal: Academic and research library workforce effectively navigates change in higher education environments.

Objectives:

  1. Deepen ACRL’s advocacy and support for a full range of information professionals.
  2. Equip library workforce at all levels to effectively lead, manage, and embrace change.
  3. Expand ACRL’s role as a catalyst for transformational change in higher education.

 The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee is June 3! If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the web form on the ACRL website.

Note: Due to the timeline of this committee, the process is separate from the annual division-level and section appointments. Information on those appointments will be posted in December.

2016 ACRL Election Results

Cheryl MiddletonCheryl A. Middleton, associate university librarian for learning and engagement at the Oregon State University Libraries and Press, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, and assume the presidency in July 2017 for a one-year term.

Emily Daly, head of assessment and user experience and librarian for education at Duke University, and Caroline Fuchs, associate professor and outreach librarian at St. John’s University, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

LeRoy LaFleur, associate director of library services at Tufts University, has been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as councilor.

Full 2016 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 29 Update: Full division election results (PDF) are now available on the ACRL website.

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