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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.

We Reached Our Goal…But We’re Not Done Yet

PrintCongratulations ACRL membership! You did it.

By any measure ACRL’s 75th Anniversary Campaign is a huge success and a major accomplishment for this Association and its members. Thanks to the incredible support of the membership, this Campaign has established new benchmarks and broken records across the board for ACRL fundraising.

In December 2013, the ACRL Board established the Campaign Working Goal of $50,000 by December 31, 2014. It seemed like an insurmountable target for an Association that had never raised more than $16,000 in a year. How did we get there? Thanks to an unprecedented outpouring of support from current and past presidents and Board and Budget and Finance Committee members, the Campaign jumped off to a fast start in the first month. Then many Section and Division Committee Boards made commitments to raise named scholarships. Those larger gifts were bolstered by support from many individual members – many giving for the first time.

Consider these Campaign highlights:

  • Raised to date: $51,359 (with a little less than a month left to go)
  • Number of first-time donors: 146
  • Number of gifts closed: 281
  • Number of gifts of 1,000 or more: 20
  • Board Member gift: $9,181 (100% participation)

As chair of the 75th Anniversary Campaign, I am really proud of the enthusiasm with which the membership has gotten behind this effort. Special thanks go out to all the Section and Committee chairs that committed to group scholarships and led by example.

There was also a great response to my call for contributions on Giving Tuesday. The 20 donations received that day was a record single-day total for ACRL. The $2,700 contributed that day accounted for just over 5% of the total, and the majority of that came from first-time donors.

What’s so great about all this is that the additional funds will be used to increase travel stipends and/or provide additional scholarships for the ACRL 2015 Conference. An additional 75 deserving academic librarians will receive support. But we can do even better. There is still time for you to “kick start the future” for your colleagues and our Association. This is the perfect time of the year to make a tax-deductible contribution to ACRL. We’ve raised more than our $50,000 goal and that’s reason to celebrate.

But why not $55,000 or even $60,000? Don’t think you can’t give enough to make a difference. We’ve climbed this mountain mostly thanks to contributions of $25 or less. There is still plenty of time to add to the total and keep the Campaign going – with whatever you can give. Let’s make this happen.

Thank you.

Steven Bell

Chair, 75th Anniversary Campaign

Volunteer Now for ACRL Division or Section Committees

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.

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